He was an old school Hollywood lib, but a great actor. R.I.P., Jimbo.
“He was an old school Hollywood lib, but a great actor. R.I.P., Jimbo.”
At least he was like the majority of old time actors who kept their mouth shut about their personal politics and did not allow politics to get in the way of their acting job.
As Laura Ingraham’s book title said: “Shut Up & Sing”
“Although Garner is a lifelong liberal Democrat, his oldest friend is a conservative Republican.”
In his 2011 memoir The Garner Files, James dished on Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, two notable Hollywood Republicans. As quoted in Variety:
In my opinion, Arnold Schwarzenegger wasnt qualified to be governor of California. Ronald Reagan wasnt qualified to be governor, let alone president.
Also in his memoir, James recounts being approached about running for U.S. Congress as a Republican in 1962.
It didnt stop them when I told them I was a Democrat . They just thought I could win.
He was again approached about running for office, this time for Governor of California in 1990, and again turned the opportunity down.
Theres one difference between me and [Schwarzenegger and Reagan]: I know Im not qualified.