Friday, June 8, 2012

The Garner Files

The Garner Files
By James Garner
Simon & Schuster, 2011. 273 pgs. Biography

James Garner--known for his iconic roles in television and film- Maverick, The Rockford Files, The Great Escape, and Support Your Local Sheriff to name just a few--brings his career to light in this pleasant memoir. It reads as if you are having a chat with Garner on a Saturday afternoon over lunch. In fact, you enjoy the stories so much you don’t realize until the end that he really didn’t share about his personal life after he became a star. While that is typical of Garner, always a private man, what you do get out the memoir is the character of the man who stands up for what he believes is right, even if it means going against the studio. Although he fell into acting because he needed a job, he is still going strong fifty years later. Minus the chapter on golfing (I’m just not as enthusiastic about the sport as Garner), I enjoyed every minute of the book and would recommend it for any classic television or film fan.


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