Skip to comments.LEGENDARY ACTOR JAMES GARNER DEAD AT 86
Posted on 07/20/2014 12:04:12 AM PDT by lowbridge
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I knew him as the guy in the Poloroid commercials with Mariette Hartley, and of course, the Rockford files.
I also liked him in a old movie he did with Harry Morgan.
I believe he was a decorated Korean War Veteran with two Purple Hearts.
Like to joke that were fighting North Korea and he was heading south ......
Shot in the butt I believe.......
James Garner was a great actor. I loved the Rockford files when I was a kid and watch episode on netflix from time to time.
Sad to hear. I’ll miss ya Jim.
One of the best. Loved him for years. He was so good in Rockford Files. He will be missed.
One of my all time favorites. “The Rockford Files” is fun to watch on Netflix.
“Stuart Margolin (Angel) was masterful in several of them”
Yes he was, the consummate Con man.
Very sad news. A mans man, as beloved for his real-life personality as his memorable on-screen characters. For one stretch of time it seemed he was the Indy 500 pace car driver every year,
They were Bruce Campbell before Bruce was Bruce.
Commenting on all the James Garner threads. RIP Jim, you are already missed.
My friend’s dad said about James Garner “every home should have one”.
How true is that?
Since my first name is Bart, I always appreciated seeing that character since the name is not common within my birth year group. “Maverick” was a treasured show of my youth and I recently had the occasion to catch episodes in the afternoons as I recovered from shoulder surgery. Still enjoyable after over 50 years...
RIP James Garner.
I think he said he was wounded in the ___ by friendly fire from U.S. aircraft as he dove headlong into a foxhole.
He usually played the nice guy, but he could do some serious drama. In The Streets of Laredo, he plays Capt Woodrow Call,
the role made by famous by Tommy Lee Jones. Garner’s Woodrow Call is a no-nonsense, certified badass. Check out the movie if you’ve not already seen it.
Rockford Files had the greatest theme song EVER......https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d41cAOmcuxk
“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.”
Enjoyed his work. RIP.
Wasn’t he the sheriff that stuck his finger in Walter Brennan’s colt in Support Your Local Sheriff ?
Best scene ever....
Wasn’t he on his way to Austrailia ?
Well damn ...missed yer post by two minutes...:0)
Been some time since I’ve seen that movie, so I can’t say for sure.
Oops, look like we both got an answer to that... I should watch that movie again.
My favorite movie of his :)
One of the most entertaining actors ever, IMHO.
stay safe y’all ......
Ha ha, yes! It is so ridiculous to give a cause of death for someone that old. Something just wears out eventually.
Headline should have been, “Another Old Liberal Gas Bag Bites the Dust”
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.
Excellent movie. Thanks for the trailer.
Here’s your gasbag...
“He then went to Korea for 14 months in the Regular Army, serving in the 5th Regimental Combat Team in the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand from shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and second on April 23, 1951 in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole.”
For my money, Rockford Files is the best non Star Trek show ever made.
Godspeed Mr Garner.
Ditched the cable a few years back — found one of those old fogey stations that runs classic shows.
“Rockford Files” was appointment viewing weekdays at 10PM.
Loved the show as a kid, and loved being able to watch it again.
Thanks for the memories, Jimmy
Awe this makes me sad. Loved him.
Yep. That was the movie. Really funny and lighthearted movie. I saw it just a few days ago and it was a reminder that funny movies don’t need the f bomb to be thrown around a hundred times a scene. I think the only swearing I heard in that movie was by Joan Hackett saying the word damn a few times. Sad to see how much our culture has truly degenerated over the past few decades.
....agree ....not a Garner flick but go look up “Texas across the river”..... Dean Martin, Joey Bishop movie that will make ya laugh . One other fits the no cussin rule is Evil Roy Slade with the Dad off the old Adams Family series .... THAT was funny as well.....
I guess it depends on the meaning of “qualified” to paraphrase an old Garner favorite, “Bill” Clinton.
Being a big fan of Julie Andrews, it’s a bit odd to see her in that vein. Looks like it has a more intricate script than the Hollywood usual. I might give it a look.
Jack “Bart Maverick” Kelly (1927-1992) was a just a year old than Garner. Kelly was a Republican and for a time the nonpartisan mayor of Huntington Beach, CA.
IIRC, he was also in “The Ultimate Gift”, “The Great Escape” and “Maverick”
Liked him. Another time in America he was a star. Today.........forget it. Rest James.
Something about the way his character and his acting skills came across in front of a camera made him instantly likeable.
James Garner joins the pantheon of unforgettable American character actors.
This talks about the suits but also his life.
I’ve read it was his favorite.
I catch if from time to time on TBS. They’ll probably play it this week as a tribute.
and the two ex-presidents on the run with Jack Lemmon.
I really enjoyed Garner’s performances.
There were many, but two of my favorites were:
Support Your Local Sheriff and
Support Your Local Gun-fighter
Also enjoyed the Rockford Files
Comedies in those days were very enjoyable. The whole family could watch because the double entandre was such that the stuff was couched so the adults would get it and the kids wouldn’t even know.
Our entertainment industry has gone down hill so bad.
I miss your era of comedy James.
Didn’t know that..thanks for the info..
What’s a scrounger?
If you like The Thrill of It All (1963) with Doris Day, maybe you remember “Move over Darling”
James Garner just had his missing wife Doris Day declared legally wed as she was lost in an accident for 7 years. He got remarried and on his honeymoon guess who shows up and isn’t dead? Laugh riot.
James Garner is one of the great ones. I loved him in “Murphy’s Romance” with Sally Fields (How do you want your eggs cooked).
Sunset with Bruce Willis and Julie Andrews. The story was “all true except a lie or true.” JG played Wyatt Earp, BW was Tom Mix, and JA was Charlie Chapin’s much abused wife.
Victor, Victoria with Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, Alex Carras. (”Oh hell, I don’t care if you’re a man!”)
He and Charles Durning played in a one season TV drama about the Supreme Court. He played the Chief Justice. I remember how badly he limped in it. Of course, it wasn’t renewed.
Mr. Garner, RIP you are one of the good guys.
Then cousin Beau Maverick is the only one left (Roger Moore)