Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner - RIP

James Garner has died. He was 86 years old.

Garner was best known for his extensive work on television, where he famously played two popular title characters: the charming gambler Bret Maverick in Maverick and ordinary private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He also had a illustrious career in film, often playing a white knight who would sweep women off their feet, unless when complications proved too great to overcome. He took over for Rock Hudson's position as Doris Day's screwball foil in movies like The Thrill of It All, had to deal with his love for Julie Andrews' male performer in Victor Victoria, slowly make his way into Sally Field's heart in his Oscar-nominated role in Murphy's Romance, and helped start the waterworks as the narrator for The Notebook. He also continued his ways as a white hat, in films like Support Your Local Sheriff! and playing Wyatt Earp in both the western Hour of the Gun and the Hollywood comedy Sunset. He wasn't a push-over though, showing his courageous bravado and tough masculinity in films such as The Great Escape and Grand Prix.

He will be missed.

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