James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma and married Lois Clarke in 1956. He had one daughter named Greta. Garner would begin acting on television in the series 'Maverick'. He would do other series for television such as 'The Rockford Files'. He would work in some 50 films. He would star in films like 'The Americanization of Emily', 'Grand Prix', 'Victor Victoria', and 'The Great Escape'. Garner was an actor that you really just wanted to like in any role he was in. I especially liked his TV work but it was his work in 'The Great Escape' that I will always enjoy best. Below is a review I did of the film. I hope you enjoy it.
'The Great Escape' Movie Review: What's on the other side of that fence
Where do you start of with this movie, the cast is fantastic and the direction is beautiful. Director John Sturges put together one of the greatest casts of all time. The group of men who played in this movie are the best of the best. Steve McQueen plays Hilts 'the Cooler' King. He is in and out of the cooler more than anyone else in the movie. He always brings his baseball glove and ball to pass the time. James Garner plays Hendley 'the Scrounger'. His job is to get whatever anyone needs. Charles Bronson plays Danny 'the Tunnel' King. He is the man in charge of digging out all that dirt in the three tunnels. Donald Pleasance is Blythe 'the Forger'. This is the man who will have all your forged papers ready when you escape. James Coburn plays 'Sedgewick' the Manufacturer. He is the man who if you need something made, he's the one to do it. Gordon Jackson plays MacDonald 'Intelligence'. He's the man in charge of making sure what the 'Big X' needs as far as information, he gets. The 'Big X' is Richard Attenborough. Bartlett is his name but he is the 'Big X'. He is the one in charge of the escape. James Donald plays Ramsey 'Senior British Officer'. These are the men of 'The Great Escape'.
Their job is to confuse and disrupt the German Military and to tie up so many of its men in order to cause a major disruption. The war had not really come to Europe yet. Yes there was flying missions but no allied troops on the ground as of yet. They were coming through and the allies had to tie up the Germans in knots.
The men in this camp were the best of the best in the department of escape. The Germans felt by putting all the rotten eggs into one basket they could keep an eye on their activities. Problem is when you have this much talent in one area there is no way you can stop the escapes. Bartlett wants to have one major breakout, setting free up to a couple of hundred prisoners out into the German countryside. He hoped some of the prisoners would make it back to the coast and back to England. Some did accomplish that feat. Others were able to tie up the Germans. Find out the rest of the story by watching the movie.
This is a true story. It is a story worth telling and with this cast it's more than worth the watch. You will enjoy the action from start to finish.