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Posted on 07/20/2014 4:04:40 AM PDT by blueyon
Hollywood actor James Garner, star of The Rockford Files and The Notebook has died at the age of 86, according to reports.
Garner was found dead when an ambulance arrived at his Los Angeles home around 8pm on Saturday, TMZ reports.
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“This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message. I’ll get back to you.”
Rest in Peace, loved Gardner in Maverick and The Rockford Files.
Support Your Local Sherrif. “Shaft and all!”
The “wow” comment was not really for the “two weeks” part, but for the (unstated) fact that they were married for 58 years...
Great actor, extremely likable.
Who couldn’t have liked him as the scrounger in the Great Escape?
Marry in haste, before she gets away. That is completely consistent with his public persona, and the characters he played.
click for the memories:
one of the few actors i actually liked. seemed like a real nice guy.
thanks for the laughs, Jim. catch you on the flip side.
Maverick, Rockford Files and many films. Ya did good James.
Very sad news. A man’s 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 don’t mention that he was wounded twice in Korea, and served in the Merchant Marine at age 16 during World War II. The Merchant Marine had a higher fatality rate than any branch of the service, including the Marines.
RIP. Loved that guy in all of his roles.
My favorite James Garner movie is “The Wheeler Dealers”
RIP, and thanks for serving your country and entertaining us. You will be missed.
Now that is really, really sad news. RIP James Garner.
He also did almost all of the stunt driving in his movies.
More Cameros and trailers...
Jim:So I’ll be getting the reward money now right?
Representative character: Actually, the insurance company only insured it up to $50000 and you broke the two pieces. So the expenses total $49995...
Jim: Say do yo think after you finish your math here I’ll even have enough to pay for our little meal here?
I could listen to he and Angel banter and that themesong all day.
Perp,”I’ve got a black belt in ju-jutsu”
James,”I’ve got a black belt in 9 iron.”
He was one of my absolute favorite actors. RIP James Garner.
,,,,,,,, John Wayne once said Garner was the best actor in Hollywood . Maverick , Rockford Files , and his movies Support your local sheriff / gunfiter are all part of my favorite memories of Jimbo . RIP ole friend .
He was born James Scott Bumgarner. He was a life long Democrat per this Biography at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001258/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
Driving a formula one car at Monaco, nice work if you can get it! A fine actor who really enjoyed life.
,,,,,, no Camero ,,,, Pontiac Firebird ,,, yes . . .
I loved the series of commercials for Kodak he did. They looked so much like a couple, for a long time I thought they were actually married.
License No 853 OKG.
Garner was one of the few actors who could do the comedy as well as the serious stuff. Not many have the talent to pull both off. He did the comedy westerns “Support Your Local Sheriff” and “....Gunfighter” movies, but he also did “Hour Of The Gun” where he played a very serious Wyatt Earp. He’s known for “Maverick” but he only starred in that one for a few seasons.
I saw him in person once at Ralph's Market on La Brea in the early 1970s. He bought some tomatoes and walked off into the Sunday morning crowd.
James Garner was a terrific actor and I first recall him in the 1950s TV Series "Maverick" which was also 'must see TV' by my parents. Garner was in some of my favorite films during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s: Darby's Rangers, Cash McCall, 36 Hours, The Americanization of Emily, Move Over, Darling, The Wheeler Dealers, The Thrill of It All, The Great Escape, Skin Game, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Marlowe, Support Your Local Sheriff!, Hour of the Gun and They Only Kill Their Masters.
While not a devoted fan of "The Rockford Files" during the late 70s, I did stay a fan of his later film and TV Movie roles in Victor Victoria, Tank, The Glitter Dome, Murphy's Romance, Sunset, "Decoration Day, Barbarians at the Gate," Space Cowboys and "Roughing It" where he played Samuel Clemens.
I never agreed with his politics, yet I must say he did not make a point of making his liberal bent the focus of his life like some of today's left wing, loud mouthed thespians. He simply acted and I watched with delight.
Bye, Jim, it was nice knowing you for awhile--
I loved The Rockford Files (great theme music, also.) R.I.P. James Garner.
GOD Bless him and his family!He was a GOOD Man!!!!!!!!!!!!
Support Your Local Sheriff
Another of the classic actors of Hollywood who has departed.
Tank. Don’t see that one on TV very much. Really good movie.
Was G. D. Spradlin ever any better?
I like the part where he puts the bad guy in a jail with no bars and paints a red line on the floor. Then the bad guy laughs because there are no bars on the cell and sees the red paint on the floor. He thinks the red paint is blood and asks where it came from. Garner says that is from the last guy who tried to leave.
Fire in the hole.
He was one of those actors who could scan the script once and he knew his lines and how to deliver them. Always professional. No behind the scenes drama. Just a smart guy with a great talent and an even keel.
Loved him in Hallmark’s “DECORATION DAY” with Judith Ivey, Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs.
He and Bill really clicked, starring again in “The Ultimate Gift”.
RIP “Judge Finch”.
Loved Garner in “The Great Escape”.
He was part Cherokee. Has Elizabeth Warren’s offered a statement regarding the passing of a fellow member of her tribe.
All the good ones are leaving us. First they went bald, then they went walkabout.
They are all missed, and will be.
Rest in peace, Jim.
TV today stinks.
Been watcing my own Rockford Files marathon on Netflix the past couple of weeks.
What a great show.