The SAG Foundation Remembers James Garner

July 25, 2014

Excerpt from the legendary actor’s 1997 archival interview released

LOS ANGELES (July 25, 2014) – For over 20 years, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation has been interviewing iconic actors in one-on-one, in-depth conversations about their careers, lives, and legacies. In order to preserve these legendary oral histories in the “Career Conversations” archives, the SAG Foundation has begun the process of digitizing more than 400 interviews.

In honor of James Garner’s tremendous contributions to film and television, the SAG Foundation has made available an excerpt from his two hour interview in which the actor discusses his many career paths, from auto racing to oil rigging to ‘Jim Rockford,’ attributing his fortunate success in life to one thing: “Know yourself and have respect for others.”

The clip can be viewed on the SAG Foundation YouTube channel:

The entire Garner interview, along with hundreds of others such as Jack Lemmon, Ellen Burstyn, Kirk Douglas, Angela Landsbury and Henry Fonda are currently available for viewing at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles upon request by SAG-AFTRA performers. All of these archival treasures will eventually be available in digital format.

In the meantime, the SAG Foundation houses over 150 of its Conversations interviews on its YouTube channel, including such top stars as Matt Damon, Julianna Margulies, Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei, available at

The SAG Foundation “Career Conversations” archives: preserving the legacies of past and present-day performers.