Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner, R.I.P.

Sadly, actor James Garner passed away yesterday.

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James Garner played the handsome, likeable rogue Bret Maverick in the western series of the same name, the handsome, likeable rogue James Rockford in the Rockford Files, the handsome, likeable rogue in... well, you get the idea. But, Garner was the handsome leading man with flaws and imperfections. It was very easy to identify with the characters he played, because he infused humanity into the characters, and the reality that just because he may be a marquee idol, not everything was going to work out for him, much as it hasn't for the rest of us.

Over the course of his career, Garner was the master of almost happily ever after. Things may not have gone as he'd planned, but they turned out pretty darn good, and hey! Life is good, so, I guess there's hope for the rest of us! He was entertaining to watch and, as I said, easy to identify with. And he never seemed to let fame and leading man good looks go to his head. He could be the quintessential 'guy next door'. He was 86.

Rest in peace, Mr. Garner.




Maverick's debut was in 1957,
Rockford in 1974

7 comments:

  1. Love this guy! He was a class act all the way around. RIP Rockfish.

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  2. Yeah. Some of us grew up with this guy. I was seven when Maverick became one of my favorite shows. He will be missed.

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  3. I always liked James Garner. He was a Man's Man who could be funny.

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  4. A lot of self deprecating humor- and great comic timing!

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  5. "Things may not have gone as he'd planned, but they turned out pretty
    darn good, and hey! Life is good, so, I guess there's hope for the rest
    of us!"

    Sounds like a capsule description of "Support Your Local Sherriff".

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  6. I was thinking more Maverick and Rockford, but that works, too!

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