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I never finished the ninth grade.
– James Garner
An hour series is a killer. It’s hard on you physically.
Yeah, I don’t have a whole lot of problems.
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.
I never wanted to be an actor. I got stuck in it and kind of liked what I was doing.
I think my attitude has always been to put food on the table.
I saw my wife at a pool, flipped over her, and 14 days later we were married.
I think people like to see a little larceny in their heroes.
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.
Acting is just common sense. It isn’t hard if you put yourself aside and just do what the writer wrote.
There’s a lot of room for error with a wound in the rear. It’s a wide target.
Too many actors have run for office. There’s one difference between me and them: I know I’m not qualified.
In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t qualified to be governor of California.
People who don’t know me think I’m easy-going, but I’m a pessimist by nature and an old curmudgeon.
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.
You can never have too many friends.
The only reason I’m an actor is that a lady pulled out of a parking space in front of a producer’s office.
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.
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.
I’ve done a lot of casual work, and acting is a lot easier than laying carpets.
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.
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.
My goal has always been longevity. Not fame and fortune, just get a job and keep it.
I’m working out every day. I’m in very good shape.
I was a Depression kid, growing up in Oklahoma.
Ronald Reagan wasn’t qualified to be governor, let alone president.