Talk:James Garner

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The "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" section…[edit]

...seems like an unnecessary digression into a subject more fitting for “Maverick” info; true, it is about a series in which Garner appeared, but whether or not it influenced “The Sting” seems to be neither relevant to a bio of Garner, nor more than heresay. I suspect that the truth is that Roy Huggins read exactly the same source book as the writers of “The Sting”, that is, David Maurer’s “The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man” (it was/ is the go-to book for anyone needing detail of how “long cons” work, and has influenced writers for decades, so there’s an episode of the “The Lives of Harry Lime” radio series which uses much of the same plot in the fifties, and episodes of “Hustle” drew on it in the last few years. Jock123 (talk) 20:50, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Health issues[edit]

Is the National Inquirer considered a valid source on Wiki??

On May 28, 2014, The National Enquirer reported that James Garner's health was failing rapidly and that he was battling severe depression in addition to the aftermath of his previous strokes. The article cited a source claiming that Garner had been scheduled to make a cameo appearance in a Rockford Files remake, starring Vince Vaughn, but that Garner was "too ill to take part in the show"" and that Garner felt he had "nothing left to live for".

Just asking. Zabadu (talk) 21:29, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

I came here wondering the same thing. I question if they meet the standard given in WP:SOURCE. SilverhandTalk 15:02, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
No. Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources Mlpearc (open channel) 23:20, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
It's called National Enquirer, and yes, it is a reliable source — probably more reliable than many publications considered "reliable sources" by some very-biased Wikipedia editors, despite it's reputation as a tabloid. National Equirer was sued some years ago for libel, and since then they've instituted very strict fact-checking before publishing. The paper has carried stories weeks or months in advance of the "Main Street Media" that subsequently proved to be completely true, such as the Clinton-Lewinski sex scandal in 1998. Garner's death a few days ago has once again proven the paper's veracity. Please take note, user Mlpearc. — QuicksilverT @ 20:36, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Note you typo'd the spelling once, too, Hg. As far as the rest of it, it's hard to tell if you're joking, but I'll take the bait. "Sued some years ago for libel" is like saying "McDonald's served a burger some years ago". Even the LA Times gets sued more than that. As far as whether they're accurate, even people that think Fox News (or CNN, take your pick) is unbiased roll their eyes when you mention the Enquirer. If you print enough half-truths and speculation, some of it will turn out to be true – "even a broken clock is right twice a day". To cite them in WP, when we're not interested in breaking news, and can wait for the real reporters, is completely unnecessary. —[AlanM1(talk)]— 01:14, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Cherokee ancestry[edit]

James Garner had no Cherokee ancestry. See this. All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 20:59, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Is that even a reliable source? It doesn't appear to be. - BilCat (talk) 22:12, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Whether or not it's reliable, it is accurate, so since it isn't true, there's no need to mention the Cherokee claim in the article (it could simply say nothing). There are genealogies of Garner's maternal grandfather (the one who was said to be Cherokee) here and here, and Garner's mother's family are listed as "White" on censuses (here, here, and here). All Hallow's Wraith (talk) 23:18, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Garner has claimed in multiple sources that his mother was at least part Cherokee. You have to have reliable sources to disprove that. Looking at genealogical records and declaring they are accurate is original research, and isn't a valid reason for overturning what Garner has claimed. Even if there is a reliable source that has researched the issue, which to this point hasn't been presented Garner still made the claim, and that should still be included in the article. WP doesn't decide what is truth - it reports v what reliable sources say. - BilCat (talk) 09:07, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

German ancestry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baumgartner — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.241.198.43 (talk) 12:03, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

James Garner, RIP[edit]

"Mr Garner died of natural causes," the West LA Division of the Los Angeles Police Department told the BBC, adding he died on Saturday. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-28390309 96.234.180.180 (talk) 01:26, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Quality[edit]

I aligned the quality indicators in the banners to be B-class. After all, it's been improved via the ITN process and must be a B-class to be posted, per the instructions. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:23, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Why the weirdness about Kim's age?[edit]

My birthday is the same as Kim Clarke's birthday, 8/25/1948 (we had a joint 8th birthday party). The references to her age in this article imply there is something incorrect about the various sources of her age, but they look ok to me. Tina Kimmel (talk) 01:54, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Book; The James Garner Files A MEMOIR, by James Garner and Jon Winokur , ISBN 9781-4516-4261-2[edit]

This book printed in 2011 has information about his life. James Garner himself explains what kind of man he is and facts about his life. They have not been verified, but these facts only James Garner would know.

Carolyn Franks-Fischer — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.82.23.29 (talk) 04:48, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Stroke in 2008[edit]

The stroke Garner suffered in May 2008 was thought to be mild at first, but later showed to be severe following hospital tests. (92.7.0.31 (talk) 10:53, 4 September 2014 (UTC))

Orphaned references in James Garner[edit]

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The bot's request has been addressed. The orphaned refs were the same as those at James Garner filmography. It may remain to discuss whether this lengthy filmography should appear in both the main article and the spinoff filmography article.--Arxiloxos (talk) 16:31, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

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No Native American ancestry[edit]

Garner had no Native American ancestry: http://ethnicelebs.com/james-garner (2A00:23C4:638A:5000:E09C:F1F7:8749:854B (talk) 09:03, 23 June 2017 (UTC))

That site isn't a reliable source. - BilCat (talk) 21:51, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
The US census shows Garner had no Native American ancestry. He just made it up because it sounded good. (2A00:23C4:638A:5000:E09C:F1F7:8749:854B (talk) 00:18, 24 June 2017 (UTC))
Or his family lied on the Census forms. Either reason is possible, and there could be other reasons too. The point is that Census data are primary sources, and the site reporting this info is not reliable per WP:RS. Unless a credible, reliable published secondary source has done research to disprove his claims, we can't discount his claims. - BilCat (talk) 01:43, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

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