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James Garner: Tribute to
a Marvelous Maverick

TIME, by Richard Corliss

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Posted By:earlybird, 7/20/2014 5:15:54 PM

As a TV and movie star for nearly six decades, the Oklahoma kid made the hard art of acting seem like a game — as deft and persuasive as a gambler´s con He was a man’s man who relied on his wits instead of his fists; a ladies’ man who wouldn’t steal a fella’s girl. Famous for his Maverick Western series in the 1950s and The Rockford Files in the ’70s, and in movies like The Great Escape and Grand Prix in between, James Garner played amiable, independent characters for more than a half-century, and never lost his comforting, enduring appeal.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/20/2014 5:27:08 PM     (No. 9933032)

Thank you, Mr. Garner.
It was always a pleasure.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: nosillod, 7/20/2014 6:03:58 PM     (No. 9933048)

Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter are still funny. I always loved The Rockford Files. RIP

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 7/20/2014 6:04:30 PM     (No. 9933050)

He must have eaten too much beef.

r.i.p.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grambo, 7/20/2014 6:06:17 PM     (No. 9933051)

A class act.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jir, 7/20/2014 6:21:58 PM     (No. 9933066)

Didn´t he call Ronald Reagan an amiable dunce? I never liked him after I heard that, sorry.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 7/20/2014 6:27:34 PM     (No. 9933072)

#5 - you are mistaken. That was Clark Clifford, Sec of Defense under Carter, that called Reagan an amiable dunce.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: PI65, 7/20/2014 6:32:41 PM     (No. 9933076)

James Garner was very good at his chosen profession. He was always entertaining in whatever role he was playing. That was his job, to entertain. RIP "Maverick"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Shells, 7/20/2014 6:40:10 PM     (No. 9933086)

Hope he time to adjust to heaven before my Mother tracked him down and tackled him.

RIP James. You were always entertaining.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: agrunt, 7/20/2014 6:48:47 PM     (No. 9933096)

Showing my age I believe that on the Ed Sullivan Show Garner was honored for action in Korea. Anyone know about this service?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fayebeck, 7/20/2014 6:49:14 PM     (No. 9933097)

One less liberal and he did refer to President Reagan as stupid. Read his autobiography.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: cmardh, 7/20/2014 7:06:37 PM     (No. 9933108)

He was a wacko liberal. Campaigned for Obama, I think. If only they would keep their mouths shut.....they always ruin it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 7/20/2014 7:17:16 PM     (No. 9933115)

I liked him as an actor but he was a super liberal hollyweird actor.
rip

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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird, 7/20/2014 7:17:20 PM     (No. 9933116)

Garner was drafted in 1950, served in the infantry in Korea, and was wounded twice.

We used to see him on the circuit when we were racing. He seemed like a very nice, down-to-earth guy. Not pretentious. And not overtly political.

It is possible that anything negative he had to say about Reagan might have stemmed from the days when Reagan (a Democrat) was president of the Screen Actors Guild. Garner had a few go-arounds with producers of shows who didn´t pay him what he deserved under his contract.

He was not a chest-thumping politician - just a remarkably entertaining actor - so we enjoyed him and will remember him kindly. I doubt that Ronald Reagan is bearing him any grudges....

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Reply 14 - Posted by: columba, 7/20/2014 7:41:24 PM     (No. 9933131)

In a Rockford Files episode, Garner´s character remarked to a big obnoxious biker, "Your mother wears army boots!" to which the biker responded, "Yeah We´re all proud of her. She graduated top in her class at Ford Ord."

Unexpected humor in tangential situations.

Good stuff.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bronto154, 7/20/2014 7:48:06 PM     (No. 9933137)

The passing of a non-family member rarely makes me misty. It did when the only celebrity I ever met died (Jonathan Harris, Dr. Smith on "Lost In Space"), and I always said the only good Marxist was of the Groucho type. I knew time was short for Rockfish but I was still lousy news to wake up to. Big whoop that he was a big lib but I always had the impression he was that way for reasons that made sense for him, unlike most know-nothing know-it-all libs. I will watch "Support Your Local Sheriff" tonight even though I have seen it a number of times. And I am still on the lookout for a gold late 70s Firebird Formula.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jacooley, 7/20/2014 8:09:28 PM     (No. 9933148)

Support your Local Sheriff was one of the funniest movies ever. He made it all look easy, yet not looking like you are acting is hard work.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/20/2014 8:23:39 PM     (No. 9933157)

The greats always made it look easy - the mark of good acting. Jim, John Wayne and Fred MacMurray were so magically charismatic on screen that they were accused of just playing themselves. In fact, they worked terribly hard and took pride in doing every role with excellence.
Thank you Mr. Garner for an unforgettable movie and TV career! I liked the Christmas movie he did about fifteen years ago with Julie Andrews. Sorry do not recall the name of the film. The two of them were awesome together.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: altoona, 7/20/2014 9:04:31 PM     (No. 9933170)

I have not watched a television series since Rockford Files. Nothing could compare. James Garner was a tremendous actor and so very likable that I have to believe he was a nice guy in real life.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Avogadra, 7/20/2014 9:34:06 PM     (No. 9933181)

I believe Maverick was broadcast on Sunday nights, with the episodes alternating between the brothers Bret and Bart Maverick. The nights James Garner was on were must-see TV in my world. Thanks, Mr. Garner, and rest in peace.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: SemperParatus, 7/20/2014 9:54:05 PM     (No. 9933197)

Thank you, Maverick. RIP.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Udanja99, 7/20/2014 10:03:31 PM     (No. 9933203)

Loved him in Murphy´s Romance.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: annie xango, 7/20/2014 10:12:52 PM     (No. 9933209)

Loved his work..just hated the fact he was a big lib..so ,I chose to ignore that...

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/21/2014 1:17:53 AM     (No. 9933318)

One of my favorites. He seemed the quintessential American in many of the roles he played. His movies weren´t always great, but he was usually great in them.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: perryscave, 7/21/2014 1:25:45 AM     (No. 9933323)

He was a Hollywood liberal but I liked the Maverick and Rockford Files series as well as his many movies.

He was a decorated Korean War veteran who served in the Army shortly before I did. I volunteered 6 months before the Korean War ended. I have the greatest respect and admiration for all who bravely fought in that needless war.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: tank, 7/21/2014 9:21:24 AM     (No. 9933616)

Wonder if he ever made it to Australia?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: deborah grannet, 7/21/2014 8:13:11 PM     (No. 9934471)

#18, I´d like to believe he was a nice guy in real life... but he made some really nasty remarks about Reagan and other conservatives that were mean and beyond mere disagreement. He also thought what Clinton did was no big deal... which made me wonder what he´d say to Juanita Broaddrick if he met her... would that be ´no big deal´?

I may in the future still enjoy his movies/shows, but they will always be somewhat tarnished as a result of knowing how shallow and nasty his politics were.

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