Skip to comments.James Garner Dead -- Legendary Actor Dies at 86
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.
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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.
R.I.P..... Jimmy Joe Meeker..
Always liked him. Good actor.
Thanks man. RIP. Still enjoy Rockford Files from time to time.
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!
Early Garner, awesome movie: “Support Your Local Sheriff”
This is one of many many fabulous scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3vklH3oYM
Loved him in The Great Escape.
Cue opening music from “Rockford Files.”
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
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.
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...
Rip, 5th Infantry Regiment vet.
my two favorite James Garner roles:
Pete Aron from Grand Prix
Hendley from the Great Escape...
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.
Who can forget that gold Firebird, his weasel of a friend, Angel Martin, or his keeping his revolver in the cookie jar.
and $200 a day plus expenses
He had one of the best tv cars ever. That Firebird was like him, cool and understated, but very powerful.
Or Lance White...
“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.
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.
Whoever scripted the episodes between Selleck and Garner was a genius. The roles fit each perfectly.
I read they had their ups and downs but worked through it and stayed together.
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.”
Written by Steven J. Cannell and Roy Huggins.
The Rockford Files: Season 5, Episode 4
White on White and Nearly Perfect (20 Oct. 1978)
Yes, one of many funny scenes. Still love the Henry Morgan quip: “Well, we ordered the bars, but they ain’t arrove yet.”
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...
Great actor..I remember him in The Notebook and also on Eight Simple Rules(After John Ritter died) may he RIP
RIP, Mr. Garner. Another great Okie taken from us. There are and have been so many.
Well put, Mr. Woods. Thank you.
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.
I’m a big fan of it’s “non-sequel”:
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.
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.
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-
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.
That TV film Garner did with James Woods in which they played brothers was outstanding. Both gave great performances.
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.
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.
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!”