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In his early years, James Garner did not seem destined for screen stardom: For one thing, his birth name (James Scott Bumgarner) seems almost singularly uncinematic; for another, relentless physical abuse by his stepmother left him with intense self-doubt and depression. His career in the Merchant Marines ended with bouts of seasickness, but he redeemed himself with a Korean War stint in the Army that earned him two Purple Hearts. The Garner Files covers all these bracing events, but it also treats us to entertaining stories about his experiences on Maverick and The Rockford Files and his lively interplay with actors including Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen, and Julie Andrews. A memorable autobiography of an unforgettable actor; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.