The Garner Files

The Garner Files

Book - 2011
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Told in the charming and self-deprecating style that has made him one of America's most beloved celebrities--the real story behind Hollywood legend James Garner, from his Depression-era childhood to his colorful career.

His incredible story, in his own words.

One of Hollywood's all-time great leading men, James Garner enjoyed a remarkable career spanning six decades, and whether you know him as Bret Maverick or Jim Rockford, his appeal bridges generations. Few know the real story, now told in this intimate memoir of growing up in Depression-era Oklahoma and triumphing in Hollywood.

After physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, Garner left home at fourteen. He was Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War, receiving two Purple Hearts for combat wounds. Back in Los Angeles in need of a job, Garner reluctantly tried acting and was surprised to find his career taking off. Working with such luminaries as Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, and Clint Eastwood, he became a star in his own right. He threw himself into his work, and despite stage fright and bouts of depression, constant physical pain and epic battles with the Hollywood establishment, he became the acting equivalent of a national monument.

Written with Jon Winokur, The Garner Files is a wry, engaging self-portrait chronicling the vagaries of a screen career along with the cast of personal and professional characters that helped shape a great American life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Characteristics: ix, 273 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451642612 (tp : alk. paper)
9781451642605 (hc : alk. paper)


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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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