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Overview (5)

Born in Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Died in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (acute myocardial infarction)
Birth NameJames Scott Bumgarner
Nicknames Slick
Jimbo
Jim
Jimmy
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, to Mildred Scott (Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a carpet layer. He dropped out of high school at 16 to join the Merchant Marines. He worked in a variety of jobs and received 2 Purple Hearts when he was wounded twice during the Korean War. He had his first chance to act when a friend got him a non-speaking role in the Broadway stage play "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1954)". Part of his work was to read lines to the lead actors and he began to learn the craft of acting. This play led to small television roles, television commercials and eventually a contract with Warner Brothers. Director David Butler saw something in Garner and gave him all the attention he needed when he appeared in The Girl He Left Behind (1956). After co-starring in a handful of films during 1956-57, Warner Brothers gave Garner a co-starring role in the the western series Maverick (1957). Originally planned to alternate between Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly) and Bret Maverick (Garner), the show quickly turned into the Bret Maverick Show. As Maverick, Garner was cool, good-natured, likable and always ready to use his wits to get him in or out of trouble. The series was highly successful, and Garner continued in it into 1960 when he left the series in a dispute over money.

In the early 1960s Garner returned to films, often playing the same type of character he had played on "Maverick". His successful films included The Thrill of It All (1963), Move Over, Darling (1963), The Great Escape (1963) and The Americanization of Emily (1964). After that, his career wandered and when he appeared in the automobile racing movie Grand Prix (1966), he got the bug to race professionally. Soon, this ambition turned to supporting a racing team, not unlike what Paul Newman would do in later years.

Garner found great success in the western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). He tried to repeat his success with a sequel, Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), but it wasn't up to the standards of the first one. After 11 years off the small screen, Garner returned to television in a role not unlike that in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). The show was Nichols (1971) and he played the sheriff who would try to solve all problems with his wits and without gun play. When the show was canceled, Garner took the news by having Nichols shot dead, never to return in a sequel. In 1974 he got the role for which he will probably be best remembered, as wry private eye Jim Rockford in the classic The Rockford Files (1974). This became his second major television hit, with Noah Beery Jr. and Stuart Margolin, and in 1977 he won an Emmy for his portrayal. However, a combination of injuries and the discovery that Universal Pictures' "creative bookkeeping" would not give him any of the huge profits the show generated soon soured him and the show ended in 1980. In the 1980s Garner appeared in few movies, but the ones he did make were darker than the likable Garner of old. These included Tank (1984) and Murphy's Romance (1985). For the latter, he was nominated for both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Returning to the western mode, he co-starred with the young Bruce Willis in Sunset (1988), a mythical story of Wyatt Earp, Tom Mix and 1920s Hollywood.

In the 1990s Garner received rave reviews for his role in the acclaimed television movie about corporate greed, Barbarians at the Gate (1993). After that he appeared in the theatrical remake of his old television series, Maverick (1994), opposite Mel Gibson. Most of his appearances after that were in numerous TV movies based upon The Rockford Files (1974). His most recent films were My Fellow Americans (1996) and Space Cowboys (2000) .

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana < tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> and pchemoc389@rogers.com

Spouse (1)

Lois Fleishman Clarke (17 August 1956 - 19 July 2014) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

His voice was heard at the beginning of every episode of The Rockford Files (1974) on the outgoing message for Jim Rockford's answering machine.
Personally honest, wisecracking, self-deprecating, reluctant, naturally masculine hero.
Deep gravelly voice
His extremely expressive and responsive facial expressions.

Trivia (108)

In 2000 he had both knees replaced.
Had quintuple heart bypass surgery in 1988.
He had English, Irish, German, and remote Welsh and Swiss-German, ancestry. His maternal grandfather, Charles Bailey Meek, was described in Garner's "New York Times" obituary as a "full-blooded Cherokee." However, Charles had no documented Native American ancestry, and Meek and his own parents, Thomas Jefferson Meek and Delilah Frances Bailey, were all listed as "White" on United States Census records..
Had two older brothers: Jack Garner and Charlie Bumgarner. Jack died in 2011 and Charlie died in 1985.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.
Early in his career he appeared as one of the judges in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" on Broadway. He said his part consisted mostly of listening to the other actors, and he said it was a great lesson, even though he sometimes had to fight to stay awake during the evening performances. He felt listening was just as important as speaking as an actor.
Before he became an actor, he had at least 70 different jobs, from pumping gas, to laying carpet (working along with his father), to modeling men's clothing.
Biological father of Gigi Garner, who wrote two books, "The Cop Cookbook" and "Girl Talk". Ms. Garner continues her father's legacy through the production company he started, "Cherokee Productions", and runs her own successful talent management company.
In 1956 he and his wife, Lois Clarke, were married at the Beverly Hills Court House just two weeks after they met at a political rally for 1956 Democratic Presidential Candidate Adlai Stevenson.
Lost his mother when he was either 3, 4, or 5 years old (depending on which interview he was giving), and he and his two brothers were split up and sent to live with different relatives.
Was involved with many humanitarian causes.
Was a volunteer with Save the Children.
Was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer in 1979 during filming for the 1979-80 season of The Rockford Files (1974).
He was very disappointed about his series, The Rockford Files (1974), being canceled due to his illness. He accepted his doctor's advice not to beat up his body any further, and decided not to object when NBC canceled "The Rockford Files" while he was recuperating from another knee surgery during an unscheduled hiatus, learning that the incomplete (and thereby shortened) sixth season would be his last.
Had helped organize the Hollywood contingent of Martin Luther King's famous "March on Washington" civil rights demonstration.
Was the first actor to co-star with Julie Andrews in three movies: The Americanization of Emily (1964), Victor Victoria (1982) and One Special Night (1999).
Was a Korean War veteran.
Was attending Hollywood High School in Los Angeles when his gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. He got the job making $25 an hour.
Had starred on three popular television series: Maverick (1957) for three seasons, The Rockford Files (1974) for six seasons, and 8 Simple Rules (2002), for two seasons.
Had played two different characters named Jim who served in the Korean War: Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files (1974) and Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules (2002).
Of all his films, The Americanization of Emily (1964) was his favorite.
Enjoyed great celebrity and acclaim from the very large series of commercials for Polaroid with Mariette Hartley, which started in 1977. He and Hartley were so convincing as husband and wife that she had a T-shirt made which proclaimed, "I am not James Garner's wife!". More than 300 commercials were produced over several years.
Is a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders. Could be seen on sidelines with the team during games.
Underwent emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery on 4/22/88.
Inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978 (the same year as his immediate next door neighbor, Steve McQueen) and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1986.
Although he was a lifelong liberal Democrat, his oldest friend was a conservative Republican.
Was a student of Bruce Lee's in his "jeet kune do" style of martial art, after starring with Lee in Marlowe (1969).
In a 1973 interview, John Wayne named Garner as the best American actor.
Driver of pace cars at the 59th Indianapolis 500 (May 25, 1975), the 61st Indianapolis 500 (May 29, 1977), and at the 69th Indianapolis 500 (May 26, 1985).
Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.
His hobbies included: golfing, spending time with his family, auto racing, liberal causes, political activism and watching sports.
Underwent surgery after suffering a severe stroke in May 2008.
Once owned a 400-acre vineyard in Santa Ynez, CA, called "White Rhino" vineyard and bottled his own Chardonnay called "Chateau Jimbeaux".
In 1995 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, in his hometown of Norman. This was one month after the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. He was quoted as saying during his commencement ceremony speech, "If there's anything positive to come from this event, it is seeing the character, the toughness with the dignity of the Oklahoma people as they suffer the grief and carry on with their lives. It makes every Oklahoman, where ever we are, to be PROUD to be an Oklahoman.".
Adopted his wife's eight- year-old-daughter, Kimberly, after he and Lois were married. About a year later, his biological daughter, Gigi Garner, was born in Santa Monica, CA.
Narrated the intro videos for the University of Oklahoma football team as they entered the stadium.
Has a street named after him in his hometown of Norman, OK: James Garner Avenue.
Best known by the public for his starring roles as the title characters on both Maverick (1957) and The Rockford Files (1974).
O)n 4/21/06 a ten-foot bronze statue of him, as his character Bret Maverick, was unveiled in his hometown of Norman, OK. He was present for the unveiling ceremony.
Portrayed Wyatt Earp in two movies: Hour of the Gun (1967) and Sunset (1988).
Portrayed the same character, Bret Maverick, on four different series: Sugarfoot (1957), Maverick (1957), Young Maverick (1979) and Bret Maverick (1981), plus a TV movie The New Maverick (1978), a feature film Alias Jesse James (1959) (although his scenes were deleted before the film was released), and he portrayed the father of Bret Maverick in Maverick (1994).
When speaking at the Summer Special Olympics in Norman, OK, he took the opportunity to remind the Oklahoma officials, who invited him to speak, of the circumstances of his original departure. "It's nice to be invited back as a VIP after being run out of town on a rail." This was a reference to him being "asked" to leave for his "extracurricular activities".
The name of his most famous character, James Scott Rockford from The Rockford Files (1974), were actually his real first and middle names.
He began his film career in 1956 (the same year he got married) as a contract player for Warner Bros. at a salary of $200 per week.
In the four years (1985-89) he was the television and radio commercial spokesman for Mazda cars, he was reportedly paid $1 million per year, plus one Mazda vehicle of his choice per year. He chose three RX-7s and one truck, all of which he was known to drive frequently.
He was absent from his role on Maverick (1957), when filming for the fourth season began, because of a contract dispute with Warner Bros.He fought with the studio consistently in court, and his tenacity was rewarded at the end of 1960 when the case was decided in his favor, and the court ordered him to be released from his contract because Warner Bros. had violated several of the provisions in the contract.
Passed away on July 19, 2014, at age 86, and within five months of four other television legends, also born in 1928, either aged 85 or 86: Shirley Temple, Ralph Waite, Maya Angelou, and Horace Silver, and just twenty-four days before his close friend Lauren Bacall, born 1924.
He had survived a series of health problems over the years, including a knee operation , a bleeding ulcer, quintuple bypass heart surgery, a fall, emergency surgery to unblock an artery and a stroke.
He changed his last name from Bumgarner to Garner when he became a Warner Bros. contract player. He was credited as Jim Bumgarner for his two stage roles--first as a non-speaking Member of the Court Martial Tribunal in the Broadway production of "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial", and second as a featured speaking role in the national touring company of the same play. In part because he hated speaking in public, he never again took a stage role, and the name Bumgarner "died" when his Warners contract was signed in 1956.
When he was starring on The Rockford Files (1974), he appeared in nearly every scene of the series, doing many of his own stunts, including one that injured his back, and it was wearing him out. A knee injury from his National Guard days worsened in the wake of the continuous jumping and rolling, all of which led to his 1979 hospitalization with a bleeding ulcer.
After his final two roles, DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection (2010) and Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010), both voice only roles, he completely retired from acting at age 82.
Is the youngest of three children of Weldon "Bill" and Mildred Meek Bumgarner.
Used to play golf with James Woods and Bill Bixby.
Was Roy Huggins first choice for the lead role on the Western series Cheyenne (1955), but that role eventually went to another largely unknown actor, Clint Walker, because the casting director could not reach Garner in time (according to Garner's autobiography), and he wound up playing an Army officer in the pilot instead.
Acting mentor and friends with Tom Selleck, Kaley Cuoco and Amy Davidson.
When Charlton Heston backed out of the lead role in Darby's Rangers (1958) before shooting began, Warner Brothers contract player Garner, who had already been cast in the film in a supporting role, was selected to replace Heston in the lead.
His ex-Maverick (1957) co-star, Jack Kelly guest-starred with him in a two-part episode of The Rockford Files (1974), in 1977.
Had twice worked with Harry Morgan: in Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and its sort of sequel, Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971).
Before his The Rockford Files (1974) co-star, Stuart Margolin, appeared with him on Rockford, they worked together on Garner's short-lived series, Nichols (1971).
Suffered a fall while working on 8 Simple Rules (2002) on 1/7/04.
At least three actresses named him as their favorite actor: Mariette Hartley, Joan Van Ark and Lauren Bacall, all three worked with him on The Rockford Files (1974).
He dropped out of Norman High School in Norman, OK, but was able to earn his diploma while in the US Army.
Until 1988, when he underwent emergency heart bypass surgery, he had been a heavy smoker.
Was closely advised by financial adviser Irving L. Leonard, who also advised Clint Eastwood in the late 1950s and 1960s, and was later also a producer on some of Eastwood's movies.
In July 1983 he filed suit against Universal Studios for $16.5 million in connection with an ongoing dispute from The Rockford Files (1974). The suit charged Universal with "breach of contract; failure to deal fairly and in good faith; fraud; and deceit". It was settled out of court in 1989. As part of the agreement he could not disclose the amount of the settlement, but frequently told the story about his wife, Lois, having to remind him to wipe the silly grin off his face.
He sued Universal Pictures a second time in 1998 e for $2.2 million regarding syndication royalties. The suit charged the studio with "deceiving him and suppressing information about syndication". He was supposed to receive $25,000 for each episode running in syndication, but Universal charged him "distribution fees", which was not in the contract. He also felt that the studio did not release the show to the highest bidder for the episode reruns.
At Norman High School, he played football, basketball, golf and competed in track.
He separated from wife Lois in 1979, primarily because he was pushing himself too hard and abusing his body while shooting The Rockford Files (1974). He was hospitalized in 1979 with an ulcer and other health problems, which eventually caused the cancellation of "The Rockford Files", but Lois did not forgive him until they reconciled in September 1981.
Relaunched his career as a contract player for United Artists in 1961, after successfully suing Warner Brothers in 1960 to be released from his contract for Maverick (1957).
Was a celebrity spokesperson for the Office of Energy Conservation in the 1970s, through the Advertising Council's Public Service Announcement (PSA) television and radio commercials.
Lindsay Wagner was the primary guest star on the very first episode of The Rockford Files (1974).
Even though his Cherokee Productions was the production company, or even part owner, of many of his movies and television series (in the case of The Rockford Files (1974), Cherokee owned 37.5% of the series), between 1965-81 more often than not, he chose not to be listed in the on-screen credits as a producer. So he was an "uncredited" producer of one kind or another on literally dozens of productions between 1965-81, choosing not to be listed on screen for a variety of reasons, sometimes due to potential or ongoing or settled lawsuits, including with Warner Bros. and Universal Studios, among others.
Refused to shave the hair off his chest for any of his shirtless scenes.
Ten days after his passing, numerous news sources reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner listed "acute myocardial infarction" (massive heart attack) as the official cause of his death.
Beat out Robert Blake for the lead role on The Rockford Files (1974).
Lived in the same house for nearly 58 years, from 1956 until his passing in 2014.
Had joked that the secret to his long-running marriage to Lois was learning the two words, "Yes, Dear!".
In 2008 he was planning to come out of retirement from on camera roles when he was cast in NCIS (2003), but having a stroke soon after being cast prevented him from doing it. The role was ultimately given to Ralph Waite, who was also born in 1928 but whose health was holding up rather better at that time. In the end, Waite passed away five months before Garner.
His eldest daughter, Kimberly, who was his wife's daughter from a previous marriage, was temporarily stricken with polio.
Replaced John Ritter in the role of fatherly figure early in the second season of 8 Simple Rules (2002), just after Ritter suddenly passed away in 2003, during the production of the show's second season.
During the filing of Grand Prix (1966), it was discovered that he was actually too tall for Formula One racing. In order to fit in the cars, the seats had to be removed and he sat on the frame with just a towel or a mat protecting his posterior. Additionally, the roll bars needed to be removed and fitted with taller bars, so they would look realistic and not be noticeably shorter than the top of his helmet.
He considered his first director, Charles Laughton, to be his acting mentor.
When he was very young he lived with his family in the back of his father's country store, in the tiny hamlet of Denver, OK, which consisted of one building, the country store, and a population of only five persons--his parents, his two brothers and himself. Denver no longer exists, since it was flooded in order to create Lake Thunderbird, a state reservoir.
He was Oklahoma's very first draftee for the Korean War.
He called his friend John Hodiak by the nickname "Hody".
Appeared on the front cover of "TV Guide" 13 times.
He nearly lost his leg, but he had emergency surgery to unblock an artery. [1998]
In 1945, when he was 17, his father unexpectedly moved to Los Angeles, CA without notifying any of his three sons in advance. James traveled from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to find him. Soon after his arrival in Los Angeles, Jim enrolled in Hollywood High School, where he was eventually voted "most popular student.".
After his marriage to Lois, they picked out a house together in the Los Angeles upscale neighborhood of Brentwood, where their neighbors included Steve McQueen (next door), O.J. Simpson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber, and where James and Lois remained for the rest of his life of 58 years until his July 2014 death.
He appeared in two films which concerned the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944: The Americanization of Emily (1964) and 36 Hours (1964).
Greatly enjoyed his late-in-life role in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules (2002), working with such a young cast. In his autobiography, he paraphrased Gen. Douglas MacArthur's comments on the Korean War, describing his casting as "A great gift to an old campaigner".
He had cut back on the number of cigarettes he smoked daily, as a result of having emergency heart bypass surgery in 1988. However he did not fully quit smoking cigarettes until 2005.
Ex-father-in-law of J.D. Hart, who was married to his daughter Gigi. Coincidentally, Hart's second wife's (Cherokee Hart) first name is Cherokee, which is also the name of Garner's production company, Cherokee Productions, which has been run by daughter Gigi Garner since his death in 2014.
On the December 23, 2003 episode of 8 Simple Rules (2002), upon returning home from watching his character's granddaughter in a play, he quips: "that was worth missing 'The Rockford Files' for!".
Prior to his death, he had expressed a wish not to have a funeral.
Future co-stars, actors and/or comedians Graham Elwood, Todd Newton, Tom Selleck, Fred Dryer, Larry Manetti, Sally Field, Ron Howard, David Spade, Patrick Duffy, Lorenzo Lamas and Conan O'Brien, all said Garner was their childhood movie and/or television hero.
Prior to his success as a actor,he had been popular in the Los Angeles area ink the late '40s when at age 19k when he got a job as a swimsuit model for the Jantzen Co., and his image appeared all over town in newspaper ads and on billboards.
Broke 12 ribs when thrown from a mechanical bull while shooting Maverick (1981).
In 1960 MGM toyed with the idea of doing an all-male remake of The Women (1939) which would have been entitled "Gentlemen's Club". Like the female version, with an all-female cast, the remake would have involved an all-male cast and the plot would have involved a man (Jeffrey Hunter) who discovers among his comrades that his wife is having an affair with another man (Earl Holliman). After Hunter's character travels to Reno, NV, to file for divorce and begin a new life, he instead finds himself doing what he can to rectify matters after discovering that the other man is only interested in money and social position. Because of what he discovers, Hunter's character decides to win his true love back. Although nothing ever came of this, it would have consisted of the following ensemble had it come to fruition: Jeffrey Hunter (Martin Heal), Earl Holliman (Christopher Allen), Tab Hunter (Simon Fowler), Lew Ayres (Count Vancott), Robert Wagner (Mitchell Aarons), James Garner (Peter Day), Jerry Mathers (Little Martin), James Stewart (Mr. Heal), Ronald Reagan (Larry), Troy Donahue (Norman Blake), and Stuart Whitman (Oliver, the bartender who spills the beans about the illicit affair).
Co-starred in The Great Escape (1963) with his immediate next-door neighbor, Steve McQueen.
In the late 1960s he owned the American International Racing team.
He separated from his wife in 1970 and again from 1979 to 1981.
After his death, his final disposition information was withheld at his family's request.
He didn't like to be photographed (in public).
Robert Fuller's son, Rob, used to live not too far from him.
He was most widely known to be a private and an introverted man.
His birthplace, Norman, Oklahoma, is 19 miles S. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Born on exactly the same date as Alan J. Pakula.

Personal Quotes (23)

About everything I ever have done, in the way of lawsuits against studios, I've won them all, because I was right every time.
Marriage is like the Army; everyone complains, but you'd be surprised at the large number of people who reenlist.
[Asked if he would ever do a nude scene] I don't do horror films.
[on his conflicts with Warner Brothers, in relation to his contractual obligations to the television series Maverick (1957)] They really stuck it to me. I was young and dumb. I said a couple things about being under contract that they didn't like, like that I felt like a ham in a smokehouse. They were waiting to get back at me by laying me off. We went to court and got out of my contract. I didn't want somebody in an office guiding my career. If I had a failure, I wanted it to be my failure. If I had a success, I wanted it to be my success.
I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor. His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn't looks for the easy way out. I don't think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote.
I don't like to speak in public. It scares the devil out of me.
I got into the business to put a roof over my head. I wasn't looking for star status. I just wanted to keep working.
[on his role as Bret Maverick] I'm playing me. Bret Maverick is lazy: I'm lazy. And I *like* being lazy.
(on the passing of his good friend Paul Newman) This is such a sad time, I am truly devastated and there are just not enough words to express my sorrow.
(on Steve McQueen) Steve was my neighbor for some time, I called him "Crazy McQueen", because, quite frankly, he was crazy. We were friends, but he wanted to play my part in Grand Prix (1966) and because of that we didn't talk for four years. He wasn't a great actor, but he was a star - McQueen had probably the highest amount of star quality I've ever seen in an actor.
[When he entered Hollywood High School at the time his gym teacher recommended him for his modeling job]: I made 25 bucks an hour! That's why I quit school. I was making more money than the teachers. I never finished the ninth grade.
[Who asked Melissa Gilbert warily]: How long does the speech have to be? Well, this will be shorter than others.
Something funny happens as you get older, you don't hold back so much.
[When he got serious into becoming an actor after returning from the Korean War]: I had a wife and an 8-year-old daughter who had just gotten out of the hospital with polio, so I took on that responsibility.
My wife and I felt we'd just watch the sunset. But then, the phone started ringing with all these wonderful offers.
[When he smoked marijuana for most of his adult life]: I started smoking it in my late teens, I drank to get drunk but ultimately didn't like the effect. Not so with grass. It had the opposite effect from alcohol: it made me more tolerant and forgiving. I did a little bit of cocaine in the Eighties, courtesy of John Belushi, but fortunately I didn't like it. But I smoked marijuana for 50 years and I don't know where I'd be without it. It opened my mind and now it eases my arthritis. After decades of research I've concluded that marijuana should be legal and alcohol illegal.
[About contractual problems from Universal]: The industry is like it always has been. It's a bunch of greedy people.
[When he was married on August 17, 1956, just 14 days after he met Lois]: We went to dinner every night for 14 nights. I was just absolutely nuts about her. I spent $77 on our honeymoon, and it about broke me.
[Who was never impressed with himself]: I don't like to watch me on the screen, I just don't have a lot of confidence in me, I guess.
When I'm pushed, I shove.
[About his dropping out from high school]: I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army.
My wife would leave me if I played a Republican.
Too many actors have run for office. There's one difference between me and them: I *know* I'm not qualified. In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't qualified to be governor of California. Ronald Reagan wasn't qualified to be governor, let alone president. I was a vice president of the Screen Actors Guild when he was its president. My duties consisted of attending meetings and voting. The only thing I remember is that Ronnie never had an original thought and that we had to tell him what to say. That's no way to run a union, let alone a state or a country.

Salary (5)

Maverick (1957) $500 /week 1957; $600/week 1958
The Great Escape (1963) $150,000
The Americanization of Emily (1964) $225 .000
36 Hours (1964) $225 .000
The Rockford Files (1974) $100,000 per 1 hour episode

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