Top Quotes from James Garner

My goal has always been longevity. Not fame and fortune, just get a job and keep it.

James Garner

People who don’t know me think I’m easy-going, but I’m a pessimist by nature and an old curmudgeon.

James Garner

I’ve had to work hard at that easy-going manner you see on screen.

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When I’m pushed, I shove.

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The characters I’ve played, especially Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, almost never use a gun, and they always try to use their wits instead of their fists.

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When I started working, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, in that I was just wandering around, hoping that I could succeed. Then after I got a little under my belt, it took me about 25 years to feel like I knew what I was doing.

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There’s a lot of room for error with a wound in the rear. It’s a wide target.

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Everybody wants blockbusters. I like to see a few pictures now and then that have to do with people and have relationships, and that’s what I want to do films about. I don’t want to see these sci-fi movies, and I don’t want to do one of those. I don’t understand it.

James Garner

I saw my wife at a pool, flipped over her, and 14 days later we were married.

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It wasn’t until I’d turned 50 and had been in the business 25 years that I realized I might actually have a career as an actor.

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I never wanted to be an actor. I got stuck in it and kind of liked what I was doing.

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Too many actors have run for office. There’s one difference between me and them: I know I’m not qualified.

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In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t qualified to be governor of California.

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Ronald Reagan wasn’t qualified to be governor, let alone president.

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Yeah, I don’t have a whole lot of problems.

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I’m working out every day. I’m in very good shape.

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An hour series is a killer. It’s hard on you physically.

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I think people like to see a little larceny in their heroes.

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I was a Depression kid, growing up in Oklahoma.

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I think my attitude has always been to put food on the table.

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I don’t take success very well, because I know it’s fleeting. And the next day, it can all fall apart. I know that, too. So I don’t get too high, and I don’t get too low. You get through the world a lot easier that way.

James Garner

When people see me in something and say, ‘That’s just you – that’s not acting,’ it’s the best compliment I can get.

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I’ve been on the wrong end of violence, and I’ve done violence myself… I refuse to glorify violence in my movie and television roles.

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The only reason I’m an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer’s office.

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I’m a Methodist, but not as an actor.

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I don’t have any theories about acting, and I don’t think about how to do it, except that an actor shouldn’t take himself too seriously, and shouldn’t try to make acting something it isn’t.

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Acting is just common sense. It isn’t hard if you put yourself aside and just do what the writer wrote.

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You can never have too many friends.

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I never finished the ninth grade.

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What was I qualified to do to make a living? Nothing. You don’t need qualifications as an actor or a politician. And I didn’t want to be a politician.

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I don’t like the crowds, I don’t like to get out of the house if I don’t have to.

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There are younger directors, and anybody over 30 is ancient to them, because they’re not that old.

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Even my stuntman is old.

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I spent most of my time playing pool instead of studying.

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I’ve done a lot of casual work, and acting is a lot easier than laying carpets.

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I’m an actor; I hire out.

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