The Garner Files

The Garner Files

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One of Hollywood's great leading men, James Garner boasts a career that spans six decades. Whether known as Bret Maverick, Jim Rockford, or Noah Calhoun, Garner's mass appeal transcends generations, but few know the true story of his life, now told in his intimate memoir of growing up in Oklahoma and making it in Hollywood.

After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He went on to become Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War and was honoured for his bravery with two Purple Hearts. Garner eventually returned to Los Angeles where his acting career took off. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities - among them Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood - Garner became a star in his own right. Despite struggles with stage fright and depression, he threw himself into his work and was known in the public eye as one of the most revered actors of his generation. The Garner Files offers a compelling portrait of the life of a true Hollywood legend and household name as he navigates the turmoil and unpredictability of a life on screen.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011.
ISBN: 9781451642605
Characteristics: ix, 273 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Winokur, Jon


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Aug 22, 2019

The story of a guy who got tired of laying carpet.

Nov 08, 2017

I really liked actor, James Garner back when he was in top form (at the absolute height of his productive movie career) during the 1960s.

"The Garner Files" is an enjoyable and entertaining biography. It is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in hearing this man's viewpoints on the movie industry, as it stood, back in the good, old days.

James Garner died in 2014.

Oct 12, 2017

Of all the leading, Hollywood actors whose heyday was the 1960s - It is James Garner who ranks right up there as being one of my all-time favourites.

Rugged, masculine, likeable, and with a good sense of humour - I view Garner's screen-persona as being that of a "natural man" who never put on any airs of pretentiousness.

In this pleasant-to-read biography (sans gossip and scandal) - Garner fondly recalls (amongst other things) his days in Hollywood hobnobbing with other well-known celebrities.

Sad to say - On July 19, 2014 - James Garner (86 at the time) died of a heart-attack.

May 05, 2015

Just started this book. Enjoyed James Garner in his movies and on his television series. "Maverick," Nicoles', and "The Rockford Files." This is an ebook.

Just finished this great ebook. Mr Garner was a very good actor in my opinion. I do miss him.

athompson10 Aug 03, 2014

Very low-key. Not the bio you want if you're looking for dirt-digging and scandals.

Jun 08, 2013

If you like James Garner on the screen, you will enjoy this bio. You can hear his voice in the rhythm of his words and he is very like (in most things) the characters he played. He is direct, loyal, caring, etc. "A sweetheart," says Julie Andrews and who am I to argue with her? No scandals discussed here. If Jim leaves you tepid you could skip this bio unless you have a passion for golf and/or race cars (there is a lot of ink devoted to each). Garner stands up to bullies (e.g. Universal Studios) but has nothing but good to say of his cohorts on and behind the set.

klara1955 Mar 24, 2013

Love the Actor. Love the book.

Dec 10, 2012

A very good read that isn't your typical biography. Have always admired his work as an actor and his stands on various causes during the years.
Loved the self rating of his movies which you don't see many actors do. Was surprised at some of his comments but it tells you a lot about the type of person he is.

meandalex Feb 06, 2012

A good read. It's nice to know that there are people in Hollywood with integrity and the courage of their own convictions. Jim Garner is a thoroughly decent human being who stands up for what he thinks is right and for the underdog. He would be a pleasure to know.

polar_bear Dec 01, 2011

Amusing and gives you a portrait of the man, but not very detailed and rather impersonal.

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