Monday, July 21, 2014

James Garner

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Very sad news over the weekend

James Garner, the understated, wisecracking everyman actor who enjoyed multigenerational success on both the small and big screens, has died. He was 86. 

Garner starred in hit TV series almost 20 years apart -- "Maverick" in the late 1950s and "The Rockford Files" in the 1970s. He also had a notable film career, starring in such classics as "Sayonara" (1957), "The Great Escape" (1963), "The Americanization of Emily" (1964), "Grand Prix" (1966) and "Victor/Victoria" (1982), as well as the TV movies "My Name Is Bill W." (1989) and "Barbarians at the Gate" (1993). More recent films included "Space Cowboys" (2000) and "The Notebook" (2004).

He was always fun to watch in pretty much everything he did over the years.

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I also remember how fun his Polaroid commercials were with Mariette Hartley when I was growing up.  They had a great chemistry together and, at the time, many people thought they were actually married because of it.

He will definitely be missed.

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