#120 James Garner / Alan J. Pakula – 07 April 1928

James Garner

Photo by Alan Light

James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He has starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades. These included his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick and Jim Rockford, in the popular 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files. He has starred in dozens of movies, including The Great Escape (1963); Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982) and Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Alan J. Pakula

Photo by Towpilot

Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998) was an American film director, writer and producer noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Pakula directed what  might be called a “paranoia trilogy”: Klute, The Parallax View and All the President’s Men. Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie’s Choice, starring Meryl Streep. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award.


Also born on this day :
James White was a Northern Irish author of science fiction novellas.
Carl Basil Hayward was an English footballer player and manager.
Gael Turnbull was a Scottish poet.
Bryant Haliday was an American actor.
Delfina Guzmán Correa is a Chilean actress.
Françoise Seigner was a French actress.
Vlastimil Melich was a Czechoslovakian Nordic skier.
Peggy O’Keefe is a pianist in Scottish broadcasting.
Jimmy “T99” Nelson was a blues shouter and songwriter .

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