His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth.
He will soon make a film acting comeback in the forthcoming Michael O. Off screen, Garner has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his significant contribution to the television and film industry.
He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1990, and was handed the Screen Actor’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
One of the National Support Committee of the Native American Rights Fund and the National Advisory Board of the United States High School Golf Association, Garner has actively contributed to a number of humanitarian causes.
Other remarkable TV performances include Harold Lear in Heartsounds (1984, earned nominations at the Emmys and Golden Globes), Bob Beuhler in the Emmy-winning film for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Promise (1986, also received a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination), Albert Sidney Finch in Decoration Day (1990, won a Golden Globe award) and F.
Ross Johnson in Barbarians at the Gate (1993, netted a Golden Globe award).
Recently, Garner had a recurring role in “Chicago Hope” (2000) and starred as the father of Katy Segal in the comedy series “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” (2002-05).
As a film actor, the Oscar-nominated Garner is well-known for playing roles in such successful films as The Thrill of it All (1963, opposite Doris Day), Move Over, Darling (1963, again with Day), John Sturges’ World War II The Great Escape (1963, starring Steve Mc Queen), The Americanization of Emily (1964), John Frankenheimer’s racing drama Grand Prix (1966), the Burt Kennedy comedy Support Your Local Sherif (1969) and its sequel Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), the comedy/romance Murphy’s Romance (1984, received an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination), the modern day movie version of Maverick (1994, starring Mel Gibson), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) and The Notebook (2004), where he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor SAG award.
Offering a superb performance, he received several nominations, including Emmys in 19 and a Golden Globe in 1982.
He achieved additional fame and appreciation as the star of the highly successful “The Rockford Files” (1974-1980).
As the private investigator Jim Rockford, Garner’s performance was critically applauded and he won an Emmy award in 1977.
He also enjoyed massive success when he returned to the Jim Rockford role in a series of highly-rated TV movies from 1994-1999.