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« on: July 20, 2014, 05:33:54 AM »

I read online a few minutes ago that the veteran actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86. RIP sir, amen Reverend.

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 07:06:58 AM »

Rest well, Mr. Garner. And thank you for all the wonderful work you did, sir.

R.I.P., James Garner.

He always gave you the sense that he was a good person, in and out of character. That's why he has always been a favorite of mine.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 09:59:49 AM »

Sorry to see him go.  Good night, JAMES

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 02:03:55 PM »

That's too bad, he was a great guy.  We were just watching some Rockford Files episodes a while back.  RIP Mr. Garner.

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 06:20:05 PM »

Name: James Scott Baumgarner
Place of birth: Norman, Oklahoma, which would make him an Okie, but not from Muskogee.
A school drop out to join the Merchant Marine at 16 to see service in WW II.
Twice a recipient of a Purple Heart for wounds received during the Korean War.
There is a street named for him in his home town of Norman.
Married to the same woman for 57 years. They met at a political rally.

One of the few actors to move effortlessly between films and TV, which he did several times, his beginning salary as an actor was $200.00 per week. By the time of "The Rockford Files" in the '70's and '80's, his salary had increased to $100,000 per episode. But that was not as well paying as his work in commercials. As a spokesperson for Mazda, he was paid over $1,000,000 a year + he got his choice of a new Mazda every year.

While a lifelong liberal Democrat, his best friend was Jack Kelly, who played his brother Bart on the TV show "Maverick" and was a staunch conservative Republican. Towards the end of the series, they were joined by their English cousin Beauregarde, played by Roger Moore. (Yes, that Roger Moore.)

R.I.P. James. You will be missed.
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2014, 07:37:56 PM »

I grew up on MAVERICK and THE ROCKFORD FILES,  but I guess the last movie I saw him in was THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.

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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2014, 06:05:29 PM »

I grew up on MAVERICK and THE ROCKFORD FILES,  but I guess the last movie I saw him in was THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.

If "The Distinguished Gentleman" looks somewhat familiar, it may be because it was a reworking of 1939's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," which, by the way, is the far superior of the the two films (IMHO.)
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2014, 06:53:58 PM »

R.I.P James Garner.  Bluesad Remember him of course from Rockford Files and Support Your Local Sheriff and The Great Escape.

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 09:43:41 PM »

RIP, here he is in an old cigarette commercial.

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2014, 03:10:43 AM »

RIP James Garner

There were many moments when you played background parts in later movies I watched frequently.  Not to mention as a young man I was enamored with Mel Gibson's Maverick which I was unaware of James' original portrayal and was very fond of it after having had opportunities here and there to see it. 

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