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James Garner Dead -- Legendary Actor Dies at 86
tmz.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | unknown

Posted on 07/20/2014 9:28:50 AM PDT by rktman

Legendary actor James Garner -- star of "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening ... and he was found dead when they arrived on scene.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3; bretmaverick; jamesgarner; rockfordfiles
RIP Bret.
1 posted on 07/20/2014 9:28:51 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

One of my favorite actors. I read that he was also a big lib, but he kept his beliefs fairly low-key, unlike today’s Hollywood libtards.


2 posted on 07/20/2014 9:31:31 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: rktman

R.I.P..... Jimmy Joe Meeker..


3 posted on 07/20/2014 9:32:05 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: rktman

Always liked him. Good actor.

RIP, Jimmy...


4 posted on 07/20/2014 9:32:55 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: rktman

Another

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3182664/posts


5 posted on 07/20/2014 9:33:14 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: rktman

Thanks man. RIP. Still enjoy Rockford Files from time to time.


6 posted on 07/20/2014 9:33:20 AM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: rktman

So sad the time we have come to, as we lose more of the real stars and gentlemen and women of the acting trade to be left with the modern technicians of the trade. Rest in piece Mr. Garner, you will be missed!


7 posted on 07/20/2014 9:33:50 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: rktman

Early Garner, awesome movie: “Support Your Local Sheriff”

This is one of many many fabulous scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3vklH3oYM


8 posted on 07/20/2014 9:34:43 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: rktman

Loved him in The Great Escape.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 9:37:38 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: rktman

Cue opening music from “Rockford Files.”


10 posted on 07/20/2014 9:38:47 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: rktman

He brought much entertainment and enjoyment to many folks. One of the more respectable Hollywood’ers.

Never missed Maverick when I was a youngster and just watched Space Cowboys (again) a few nights ago. RIP Mr. Garner — Thank You


11 posted on 07/20/2014 9:40:33 AM PDT by EagleUSA (()
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To: rktman

The Rockford Files was one of the best shows ever. I can’t remember all the times, two men dressed in suits showed up at his trailer, usually to beat him up. sometimes just to take him to some big shot.

That trailer sure was large on the inside, nice too considering how small it was on the outside.


12 posted on 07/20/2014 9:44:02 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I still watch Rockford Files on ME TV Network. I will miss you Jim-bo... You were one of the motivating factors in my move to sunny California...

Loved his work in Murphy’s Romance... Loved everything that man did...


13 posted on 07/20/2014 9:44:58 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Sans-Culotte
James Woods is a real wealth of knowledge about the old timers like Garner. He's apparently been speaking to Lois Garner this morning.

Lois Garner just told me, "I'll never be the same. My Jim is gone." Her tears speak for all of us.

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14 posted on 07/20/2014 9:45:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rktman

Rip, 5th Infantry Regiment vet.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 9:45:52 AM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: rktman; All

my two favorite James Garner roles:

Pete Aron from Grand Prix

Hendley from the Great Escape...


16 posted on 07/20/2014 9:48:00 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: rktman

James Garner was good in everything he did in my view, may he RIP.

He was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds in the Korean war.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 9:53:12 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: rktman

18 posted on 07/20/2014 9:53:16 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: yarddog
Jim Rockford was knocked unconscious in every episode.

Great show.

19 posted on 07/20/2014 10:04:21 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Who can forget that gold Firebird, his weasel of a friend, Angel Martin, or his keeping his revolver in the cookie jar.


20 posted on 07/20/2014 10:07:04 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

and $200 a day plus expenses


21 posted on 07/20/2014 10:07:40 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: rktman

He had one of the best tv cars ever. That Firebird was like him, cool and understated, but very powerful.


22 posted on 07/20/2014 10:09:46 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: yarddog

Or Lance White...


23 posted on 07/20/2014 10:20:41 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: rktman

RIP, Rockfish.


24 posted on 07/20/2014 10:20:51 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: cripplecreek

“Lois Garner just told me, “I’ll never be the same. My Jim is gone.” Her tears speak for all of us.”

If I remember right, they married in 1956 with nary a scandal since. Not exactly your typical Hollywood marriage.


25 posted on 07/20/2014 10:22:55 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: skeeter

Yeah, Lance White was one of the better characters. No matter what he did he always came out smelling like roses, while Rockford was just the opposite.


26 posted on 07/20/2014 10:25:54 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

Whoever scripted the episodes between Selleck and Garner was a genius. The roles fit each perfectly.


27 posted on 07/20/2014 10:28:12 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: vladimir998

I read they had their ups and downs but worked through it and stayed together.


28 posted on 07/20/2014 10:32:24 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: rktman

I remember seeing him in some old Doris Day movies.....such a young guy back in those days. It’s hard to believe he was 86.

Enjoyed his role in “The Rockford Files.”


29 posted on 07/20/2014 10:37:27 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: skeeter

Written by Steven J. Cannell and Roy Huggins.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0688097/
The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 4
White on White and Nearly Perfect (20 Oct. 1978)


30 posted on 07/20/2014 10:42:49 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Yes, one of many funny scenes. Still love the Henry Morgan quip: “Well, we ordered the bars, but they ain’t arrove yet.”


31 posted on 07/20/2014 10:52:02 AM PDT by Mach9
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Look for an interesting movie called Cash McCall... It is amazing how many movies have been made that sort of borrow from it..yet I had never heard of it a year ago...


32 posted on 07/20/2014 10:57:19 AM PDT by uncle fenders
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To: rktman

33 posted on 07/20/2014 10:59:56 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: rktman
One of my favorite actors. Another great actor who will missed...
34 posted on 07/20/2014 11:04:10 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: rktman

Great actor..I remember him in The Notebook and also on Eight Simple Rules(After John Ritter died) may he RIP


35 posted on 07/20/2014 11:11:42 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: rktman

RIP, Mr. Garner. Another great Okie taken from us. There are and have been so many.


36 posted on 07/20/2014 11:12:00 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: cripplecreek

Well put, Mr. Woods. Thank you.


37 posted on 07/20/2014 11:13:31 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: rktman
WHIO Pic tribute
38 posted on 07/20/2014 11:16:55 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: rktman

RIP to Maverick, Rockford and Doris Day’s best on-screen husband(the one she had the most chemistry with).

Didn’t care for his politics but relative to the Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon-types he was relatively low-key about it and focused more on entertaining his fans instead. I wish more actors would do the same.


39 posted on 07/20/2014 11:26:38 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I’m a big fan of it’s “non-sequel”:

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/207763/Support-Your-Local-Gunfighter-Original-Trailer-.html


40 posted on 07/20/2014 11:35:52 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Sans-Culotte

I love this exchange Garner has with his liberal son in the movie “How Sweet It Is”:

Liberal son: Love’s all over the world Dad. It protects us all.

James Garner Well, I’ve been all over the world son. Take a gun.


41 posted on 07/20/2014 12:01:50 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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42 posted on 07/20/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Manic_Episode

Seeing Rockford’s Firebird do that 180 reminds me of an episode of “Smallville”. My Daughter gave me the first 7 seasons on DVD and Blu-Ray.

In one episode the producers are narrating it as an extra. One of them mentioned that John Schneider was one of the best drivers he ever saw. He said their stunt director told them he could do a 180 as well as anyone.


43 posted on 07/20/2014 12:13:54 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Thanks for that YT link. That was one of my favorite
Garner scenes too.

Before the Raiders moved to LA in the early 80s and they
lost me as a fan for good, Garner spent a lot of time on
the sidelines in Oakland. My attitude about him was always
ambivalent because I liked his movies and hated his left
wing politics. He used to do TV commercials supporting
left wing statewide initiatives and opposing GOP prop-
ositions.


44 posted on 07/20/2014 12:17:31 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: rktman

He was great in Barbarians at the Gate, a 1993 TV movie. He played against type with great relish and verve.
Sad to hear of his passing.


45 posted on 07/20/2014 12:19:38 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: cripplecreek

That TV film Garner did with James Woods in which they played brothers was outstanding. Both gave great performances.


46 posted on 07/20/2014 12:47:09 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: rktman

When he started on “Maverick,” he was getting $200/week! An interviewer asked him, “Was that good pay in those days?” He answered, “It was not.” And no residuals, at least for a long time.

I think he got a new agent, and a new contract with Warner Bros.

It’s shocking what people were paid on TV in the early days. On most sitcoms, it was about $1000/week, or a little more. Lucy and Desi made about $8000/week, and that was astronomical.


47 posted on 07/20/2014 12:58:45 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

More than a few TV shows have soundtrack releases, many that didn’t have anywhere near the run or strength of Rockford. There is enough incidental music for a 2 or 3 CD set.

Rockford was one of the best TV shows ever made. I would put Nichols way up on the scale. It is good watching. It deserved a longer run.


48 posted on 07/20/2014 1:33:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.q)
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To: rktman

The “Rockford Files” has been my ringtone for the last 5 years. Everytime somebody hears it for the first time they have the same reaction “wait, I know that, is that the Rockford Files? That’s awesome!”

RIP.


49 posted on 07/21/2014 8:27:31 AM PDT by mindburglar (When Superman and Batman fight, the only winner is crime.)
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