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Appreciating the relaxed genius of the late James Garner

20 July 2014 1:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There have arguably been bigger stars in television history than the late James Garner, but none who ever made it look quite so easy. Garner, who reportedly died in his home on Saturday at the age of 86, first hit it big in 1957 with "Maverick," a comical Western in which he played Bret Maverick, a Wild West cardsharp who was as quick on the draw as he was with a quip. At a time when TV was dominated by Westerns — and very solemn ones, at that — Garner was happy to play the same material lighter, to occasionally be the clown or the guy who gets punched in the face, and yet always made it clear  that Maverick could easily kill you if he wanted to — it just wasn't his preferred way of doing things. Garner left Maverick after only a few seasons (and had spent much of that time alternating episodes »

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8 April 2014 1:50 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Charming cardsharp Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) tangles with a double-dealing adventuress (Jodie Foster) while trying to raise the cash for a big poker game aboard a Mississippi riverboat. He's also got to contend with the villainous Angel (Alfred Molina) while James Garner, who played Maverick in the original 1950s TV series, is also on his tail as Marshal Zane Cooper. Look out for Danny Glover as Mel reteams with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner for an enjoyable slice of Western hokum. »

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