James Garner 3rd from right.
1928 – 2014
Top 20 Performances
James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape (1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).
This weeks choice has been Requested by Melanie B Cee of sparksfromacombustiblemind
I liked James Garner as an actor, and whilst sure l also knew of his performance in The Rockford Files back in the 80’s which is when l used to see repeats of the show, my first real introduction to him as an actor was actually in The Great escape with Steve McQueen. There were quite a few of his films that l liked him in in addition to that including … Move Over Darling, Dual at Diablo, A Man Called Sledge, The Castaway Cowboy, Sunset, Maverick, Dead Silence, Space Cowboys and The Notebook. Over the course of five days l will present to you what l consider his 20 best performances in TV and on film.
The Girl He Left Behind 1956 – 0/20
Andy Shaeffer (Tab Hunter) is a spoiled college student, overly reliant on his protective high-society mother (Jessie Royce Landis). Andy’s girlfriend, the far more mature Susan Daniels (Natalie Wood), worries that he will never be a suitable mate unless he learns to accept responsibility.
Darby’s Rangers 1958 – 1/20
Stationed in Scotland, Maj. William Darby (James Garner) and the men under his command are trained by British commandos, becoming the U.S. Army’s 1st Ranger Battalion. Their drilling period is rigorous, but the men find time to romance local women before being deployed to fight the Nazis.
Up Periscope 1959 – 2/20
Rivalry with a commanding officer threatens a World War II naval specialist’s assignment on a Japanese-occupied island. Will the officer’s warring prevent him and his crew from leaving the boat?
The Great Escape 1963 – 3/20
Imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp, a group of Allied soldiers are intent on breaking out, not only to escape, but also to draw Nazi forces away from battle to search for fugitives. Among the prisoners determined to escape are American Captain Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) and British Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). Outwitting their captors by digging a tunnel out of the prison grounds, the soldiers find the stakes much higher when escape becomes a reality.
Move Over, Darling 1963 – 4/20
Nicholas Arden (James Garner) has struggled to get over the absence of his wife, Ellen (Doris Day), but when it seems clear that she’s perished in a plane crash, he decides to move on. Nicholas remarries to Bianca Steele (Polly Bergen) five years after his wife’s disappearance, only to find out that Ellen is still alive. When she is saved from the island on which she was marooned, Ellen scrambles to reassemble the life she lost when her plane went down at sea.
So there we go folks, our first part to James Garner Week!
More on Monday – This weeks choice has been Requested by Melanie B Cee of sparksfromacombustiblemind