James Garner would have been 88 years old today. The actor whose career began in the early 1950’s hit it big with his 1957 TV western, Maverick. From there he went on to movies like The Great Escape, The Children’s Hour The Thrill of it All, Boy’s Night Out, Move Over, Darling and The Americanization of Emily in which he co-starred for the first time with Julie Andrews.
James Garner and Julie Andrews made a great team. Garner confesses in his blunt memoir (The Garner Files), the lovely Ms. Andrews was a great kisser and he really enjoyed doing their love scenes. They would reunite on-screen some eighteen years later in her husband’s (Blake Edwards) Victor, Victoria.
Garner’s career would shift back between movies and television over the years. What always remained the same though was his likability and his talent in both drama and comedy.
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