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Actor James Garner dead at 86
NYPost.com ^ | 7/20/14 | News.com.au

Posted on 07/20/2014 4:04:40 AM PDT by blueyon

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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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RIP. What a great Actor
1 posted on 07/20/2014 4:04:41 AM PDT by blueyon
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To: blueyon; DollyCali; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; ...

ping


2 posted on 07/20/2014 4:12:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: blueyon

“This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message. I’ll get back to you.”

RIP.


3 posted on 07/20/2014 4:18:22 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: Perdogg

Rest in Peace, loved Gardner in Maverick and The Rockford Files.


4 posted on 07/20/2014 4:18:47 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: blueyon
his wife Lois — who he wed in 1956 just two weeks after they met

Wow.

5 posted on 07/20/2014 4:21:51 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: DAC21

Support Your Local Sherrif. “Shaft and all!”

RIP, James!


6 posted on 07/20/2014 4:23:25 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfusbutcher)
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To: Izzy Dunne

The “wow” comment was not really for the “two weeks” part, but for the (unstated) fact that they were married for 58 years...


7 posted on 07/20/2014 4:27:51 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: blueyon

Great actor, extremely likable.

Who couldn’t have liked him as the scrounger in the Great Escape?


8 posted on 07/20/2014 4:32:48 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Izzy Dunne
his wife Lois — who he wed in 1956 just two weeks after they met

Marry in haste, before she gets away. That is completely consistent with his public persona, and the characters he played.

9 posted on 07/20/2014 4:35:36 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: blueyon

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.

10 posted on 07/20/2014 4:37:11 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: blueyon

Maverick, Rockford Files and many films. Ya did good James.


11 posted on 07/20/2014 4:38:41 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: blueyon

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,


12 posted on 07/20/2014 4:41:44 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: blueyon

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.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 4:41:49 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: blueyon

RIP. Loved that guy in all of his roles.


14 posted on 07/20/2014 4:47:52 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: blueyon

My favorite James Garner movie is “The Wheeler Dealers”


15 posted on 07/20/2014 4:49:01 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: blueyon

rip


16 posted on 07/20/2014 4:49:53 AM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: blueyon

RIP, and thanks for serving your country and entertaining us. You will be missed.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 4:53:20 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: blueyon

Now that is really, really sad news. RIP James Garner.


18 posted on 07/20/2014 4:56:35 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: relictele

He also did almost all of the stunt driving in his movies.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 5:00:11 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: blueyon

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?

Classic...

I could listen to he and Angel banter and that themesong all day.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 5:00:20 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Refuse to remain silent.)
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To: blueyon

Perp,”I’ve got a black belt in ju-jutsu”
James,”I’ve got a black belt in 9 iron.”
RIP


21 posted on 07/20/2014 5:01:11 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Ancesthntr
I read somewhere that Garner met his wife at a Democrat Party convention and was an ardent supporter of Adlai Stevenson.
22 posted on 07/20/2014 5:02:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: blueyon

He was one of my absolute favorite actors. RIP James Garner.


23 posted on 07/20/2014 5:04:00 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: blueyon

24 posted on 07/20/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT by John W (Summer of Recovery VI: This Time We're Serious)
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To: blueyon

,,,,,,,, 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 .


25 posted on 07/20/2014 5:06:56 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: 0bamanomics is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: blueyon

ditto


26 posted on 07/20/2014 5:07:00 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

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


27 posted on 07/20/2014 5:07:21 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

Driving a formula one car at Monaco, nice work if you can get it! A fine actor who really enjoyed life.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 5:08:06 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: CincyRichieRich

,,,,,, no Camero ,,,, Pontiac Firebird ,,, yes . . .


29 posted on 07/20/2014 5:08:15 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: 0bamanomics is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: blueyon

RIP


30 posted on 07/20/2014 5:11:07 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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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.


31 posted on 07/20/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT by mware
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To: Lionheartusa1

License No 853 OKG.


32 posted on 07/20/2014 5:17:20 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: blueyon

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.


33 posted on 07/20/2014 5:17:40 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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During my trips to the Looney Left Coast in my quest for fame and fortune in Hollywood, I never met James Garner. I did audition for a small part in his film, A Man Called Sledge but did not get picked. Later when I saw the film when it came out in 1970, it was one of the few of Garner's that I did not like and in those years since, I have not watched it again. It was that bad and forgettable but one of very few bad roles Garner played in his long career.

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--

34 posted on 07/20/2014 5:24:27 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: blueyon

I loved The Rockford Files (great theme music, also.) R.I.P. James Garner.


35 posted on 07/20/2014 5:26:14 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: blueyon

GOD Bless him and his family!He was a GOOD Man!!!!!!!!!!!!


36 posted on 07/20/2014 5:26:51 AM PDT by bandleader
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Rockford was one of my favorite shows:
Garner was once a carpet layer. What a great actor. He will be missed. Along with Rocky & Angel. . . .
37 posted on 07/20/2014 5:27:42 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Al Stewart says its the year of the Cat. I say the Dog as in ZERO! ! ! ! ! ! !)
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To: blueyon

Maverick

Support Your Local Sheriff

==

Another of the classic actors of Hollywood who has departed.


38 posted on 07/20/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT by TomGuy
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Tank. Don’t see that one on TV very much. Really good movie.

Was G. D. Spradlin ever any better?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._D._Spradlin


39 posted on 07/20/2014 5:35:09 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: Redleg Duke

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.


40 posted on 07/20/2014 5:36:21 AM PDT by certrtwngnut
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To: abb

Maverick.


41 posted on 07/20/2014 5:36:53 AM PDT by wdk535
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To: latina4dubya

Sad news


42 posted on 07/20/2014 5:41:57 AM PDT by scripter
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What a great Actor

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.

43 posted on 07/20/2014 5:44:30 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: DAC21

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”.


44 posted on 07/20/2014 5:45:19 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: BBB333

Loved Garner in “The Great Escape”.


45 posted on 07/20/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: blueyon

Oh no!


46 posted on 07/20/2014 5:59:15 AM PDT by carton253
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To: blueyon

He was part Cherokee. Has Elizabeth Warren’s offered a statement regarding the passing of a fellow member of her tribe.


47 posted on 07/20/2014 6:00:35 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (This is known as "bad luck". - Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: blueyon

All the good ones are leaving us. First they went bald, then they went walkabout.

They are all missed, and will be.


48 posted on 07/20/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT by Monkey Face (When I told you I was normal, I may have exaggerated slightly.)
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To: blueyon

Rest in peace, Jim.


49 posted on 07/20/2014 6:04:31 AM PDT by ContraryMary (Barack Obama = Neville Chamberlain)
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To: blueyon

TV today stinks.
Been watcing my own Rockford Files marathon on Netflix the past couple of weeks.
What a great show.
Thank James.


50 posted on 07/20/2014 6:06:49 AM PDT by thedrake
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