James Garner Rest In Peace

James Garner at the 39th Emmy Awards in September 1987 - click image to to to Wikipedia article

James Garner at the 39th Emmy Awards in September 1987 – click image to to to Wikipedia article

James Garner passed away yesterday, July 19, 2014 of natural causes at 86 years of age.

James Garner was a wonderful actor. When he was young, my favorite show was Maverick! Later one of my most favorite shows of all time was The Rockford Files.

He also did some great movies as well as noted in the quote from Wikipedia entry for James Garner:

James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He starred in several television series spanning a career of more than five decades which included such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s westerncomedy series, Maverick, and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective dramaThe Rockford Files.

Garner starred in more than 50 films including The Great Escape (1963), Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985) for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and The Notebook (2004).

All of which I loved! Plus many more he was in that are mentioned in the Wikipedia article.

As a little bit of trivia that all of us The Rockford Files fans would know and appreciate, I always loved the answering machine gags, on the show and here’s a Youtube video of them:

Rockford Files Answering Machine Messages (complete season 1)

James Garner had a long and rewarding acting career as evidenced by his awards and the statue of him as Bret Maverick as noted in this quote from the Wikipedia article:

For his contribution to the film and television industry, Garner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard). In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame that same year. In February 2005, he received the Screen Actors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role that year, for The Notebook. When Morgan Freeman won that prize for his work in Million Dollar Baby, he led the audience in a sing-along of the original Maverick theme song, written by David Buttolph and Paul Francis Webster. In 2010, the Television Critics Association gave Garner its annual Career Achievement Award.

On April 21, 2006, a 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) bronze statue of Garner as Bret Maverick was unveiled in Garner’s hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, with Garner present at the ceremony.

Morgan Freeman is great, isn’t he? To have given accolades to James Garner by leading the audience in a sing-along of the original Maverick theme song like that was a true tribute. Congrats on winning that award for your work in Million Dollar Baby too, Morgan Freeman. Another of my all time favorite actors of all time.

I will have to get myself a copy of The Garner Files: A Memoir.

You will be greatly missed James Garner.

Rest in Peace.