According to early reviews, Archive Interviewee James Garner doesn’t hold back in his new memoir, The Garner Files. Television’s “Maverick” and star of The Rockford Files takes a keen look back at his personal life and career in this autobiography, co-authored by Jon Winokur. Garner shares childhood experiences, production tales of TV series on which he’s worked, and even critiques every movie he’s ever made. Some of his own reviews are far from kind. Of 1966’s Mr. Buddwing Garner states, “Zero stars. (‘Worst picture I ever made. What were they thinking? What was I thinking?’)”.
Fellow archive interviewee Julie Andrews penned the book’s introduction, and interviewee David Chase, who got his start in television on The Rockford Files, provides anecdotes of working with Garner.
Garner is both a successful film and television star, and the title of his memoir offers a nod to one of the TV shows for which he’s best known. In the following excerpt from Garner’s 3-hour Archive interview, he discusses the intense physical demands of shooting that popular detective program, The Rockford Files:
The Garner Files (Simon & Schuster), out today, is now available for purchase.
Watch James Garner’s full Archive interview here: www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/james-garner