Actor James Garner was a flaming liberal

James Garner in Feb. 2006James Garner in Feb. 2006 at age 79

James Garner passed away yesterday at age 86.
I liked James Garner.
Among the reasons why I liked him was that, unlike so many Hollyweirdos, he’d stayed married to the same woman for 56 years.
I liked James Garner until I read this morning that, in his memoir The Garner Files (2011), he admitted that he:

  • Smoked pot for most of his adult life.
  • Snorted cocaine with actor John Belushi who died from a drug overdose.
  • Described himself as a “bleeding-heart liberal” and a “card-carrying Democrat.”
  • Thought that Adlai Stevenson was “the most intelligent presidential candidate we’ve ever had.”
  • Regarded Barack Obama to be the second most intelligent presidential candidate the United States ever had: “I think Obama runs a close second” to Adlai Stevenson.

Here are screenshots I took from The Garner Files on
Amazon won’t allow me to take a screenshot of page 97 on what Garner wrote about Obama, but here’s the screenshot of my search result for the word “Obama”:
Garner also bad-mouthed Charleton Heston and other actors:
H/t National Enquirer

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Oh well, another one falls from the pedestal…

Dale Cordell

I liked his acting, but his liberal aspects truly suck. He acted in a great many movies that would otherwise convince you he was a conservative. But, like most actors, he could portray much of anyone or anything.
If we didn’t watch bleeding heart liberals acting, we wouldn’t have much entertainment, short of just reading books … and half the authors out there are probably liberals, too. I, of course, read Brad Thor, William W. Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone and am currently reading an autobiography of The Rogue Warrior – Richard Marcinko. So, there are indeed, many conservative writers available!!


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I also liked James Garner until I read this post. Perhaps Garner was a flaming lib but apparently he wasn’t the “in your face” flaming lib like so many others. I’ll give him credit for that.
Just give us a good product with your acting skills and leave your personal beliefs out of the equation. Just because your puss is on the big screen doesn’t make you any smarter than me. A ferret’s ass could be up there right alongside your mug.


I’ll always like his acting,and pretty much anything he was in,but I agree his political ideology is a real downer. I always figured he probably was a Liberal,just from the law of averages,but outside of his acting I didn’t follow him much. Enjoyed seeing him during his forays into racing,he was pretty good,too. His Liberalism didn’t stain any of his professional efforts. Though I can’t dispute the general scheme of this,REALLY?? Using the National Enquirer as a source to ugly-up his career? Come on-you’re better than that!

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

All I can say is . . . James, you are a BIG, BIG disappointment! And Dr Eowyn, thank you for digging up the truth of this matter.

John Molloy
John Molloy

What a phony and a hypocrite to have even portrayed Wyatt Earp.


James Woods ( a conservative) was just singing his praises on Twitter. Dang, I thought Mr Garner was one of us. So disappointing.


Too bad, as Jimmy was among my favorite actors.
I am too young for the first run of Maverick, but I grew up watching the Rockford Files to the point I still know most of the lines by heart.


Like everyone else, this is a little upsetting. Looking back at the 60’s I truly don’t remember that much emphasis put on liberalism, it seemed we were either dem or republican. Gosh, have I lived in cave all that time? But, I do remember some things he was into that would put him into the latter category. Like following the race circuit, he was rabid about it. I have heard of few liberals that would admit that. Also, at what age was he when this book was written and I saw where it has a coauthor. How was his health… Read more »


One last thought on the death of James Garner. He had a stroke a few years ago but I was not able to find the exact cause of death. Regardless, he more than likely had plenty of time to ponder. I think that there is a special measure of grace poured out upon people that know that the end is near. A lot of reflection goes on at that time. Although Garner never professed to know the Lord, he appeared to be a very righteous person so the ground work was there. There’s a very good chance that he was… Read more »


I will miss “Ole Jimmy” and Rockford files is one of my favorite old shows. I’m sad to hear he died. Rest In Peace! James.


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this researched and thorough post about James Garner. I am most disappointed. Daily, we pray for the repose of the souls who are in Purgatory.

Ray Martell
Ray Martell

James Garner was a remarkable man. For being a high school drop out he persevered into one of the greatest actors ever. He was one of the most handsome actors back in his day, and for never being formally trained as an actor he was a born natural to the stage; he was an absolutely brilliant, stunning actor. I don’t care if his politics was far left leaning; I don’t care that he was an atheist and was a close friend of media skeptic and outspoken atheist James Randi; I don’t care that he smoked grass and did cocaine. He… Read more »