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Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby tater1977 » Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:32 am

Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86


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By By Steve Gorman

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/actor-james-g ... 55491.html


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on "“Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private eye on "“The Rockford Files", has died at age 86, Los Angeles police confirmed early on Sunday.

Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home, according to police.

No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death. Celebrity news website TMZ reported earlier that an ambulance crew was sent to Garner's home at about 8 p.m. local time and found him deceased.

Garner, an Oklahoma native, entered show business in the 1950s after serving in the Korean War and first rose to fame on the TV western "“Maverick", a sardonic alternative to the more serious frontier shows then popular on American prime time.

He was Bret Maverick, a cardsharp and ladies man who got by on his wits instead of a six-gun and would just as soon duck a fight as face a showdown. Co-star Jack Kelly played his more straight-laced brother, Bart.

Garner left the ABC show in 1960 in a contract dispute with producers but brought his "“Maverick"-like alter ego to a series of films, including "“Thrill of It All," "“Move Over, Darling," “"The Great Escape" and “"Support Your Local Sheriff!"

He ended up scoring his next big hit on the small screen in the 1970s, starring as canny private detective Jim Rockford, a wrongly accused ex-convict starting life over in a beachfront trailer home, on “"The Rockford Files".

The show ran on NBC from 1974 until Garner abruptly quit the series in 1980. He reprised Rockford for several TV movies in the late 1990s.

The role earned Garner an Emmy Award in 1977. He also received an Oscar nomination for his work opposite Sally Field in the 1985 feature comedy “"Murphy's Romance."

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Rosalind Russell)
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Re: Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby verslibre » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:34 am

tater1977 wrote:He ended up scoring his next big hit on the small screen in the 1970s, starring as canny private detective Jim Rockford, a wrongly accused ex-convict starting life over in a beachfront trailer home, on “"The Rockford Files".

The show ran on NBC from 1974 until Garner abruptly quit the series in 1980. He reprised Rockford for several TV movies in the late 1990s.


Loved The Rockford Files. And that's not entirely accurate. The show was supposed to continue but Garner got sick and had to take a hiatus, which the network wasn't down with. So he decided to opt out and that was the end of Rockford until the 1990s standalone movies.
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Re: Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby donnaplease » Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:58 pm

He was so sweet as the old Noah in The Notebook. RIP.
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Re: Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby Peartree12249 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:42 am

My favorite scenes from Rockford Files were the ones with Jim and Angel. Here's a great one! http://youtu.be/DhHqFN4K3O0
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Re: Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby SF-Dano » Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:46 am

RIP "Scrounge King"
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Re: Actor James Garner of "The Rockford Files" dead at 86

Postby ebake02 » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:47 am

Loved him in Maverick (the movie).
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