“I don't like to watch me on the screen. I don't think I'm very good."
- James Garner
Most everybody else had a different opinion.
There was a purity about James Garner - as plain and pure as the driven rain.
People sensed it ... and liked it.
Lost his mother when he was 5, and he & his two brothers were split up & sent off to live with relatives.He has two brothers, Jack Garner & Charlie Bumgarner. Jack died in 2011 and Charlie died in 1985.
Before he was an actor, he had 75 odd jobs including pumping gas to modeling men's clothing.
Had both knees replaced.
Had quintuple heart bypass surgery.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1990.
Had helped organize Martin Luther King's famous "March on Washington" civil rights demonstration, four years before going to Vietnam. (1963).