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Group plans James Garner statue in hometown

Ten-foot-statue would stand in front of Oklahoma theater
/ Source: The Associated Press

A group is raising money to build a 10-foot statue of actor James Garner in front of a theater in his hometown.

Organizers want to build a James Garner Commemorative Plaza and install the statue facing the Sooner Theatre. The plaza would cost about $185,000 and is tentatively planned to open in April.

Committee member Roy Hamilton said about two-thirds of the money needed for the project has been raised.

“If you are familiar with Garner through TV, movies and as a director and actor you know he is kind of an icon in Hollywood,” Hamilton said.

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Garner, born in Norman in 1928, starred in the TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.” Most recently, he appeared on ABC’s “8 Simple Rules.”

Organizers have invited the 77-year-old Garner to attend a dedication planned for April 21.

“We’re hoping to make a really special occasion out of it,” committee member Bob Goins said.

Garner’s screen credits include “Grand Prix,” “Murphy’s Romance,” “My Fellow Americans” and “Space Cowboys.”