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From Westerns to war films, James Garner had a relaxed charisma all his own. As a Pow, as a gunfighter, as a private eye, Garner wore his charm like an old sweater - it never went out of style, and it always fit. In the wake of Garner's death Saturday at the age of 86, let's look back at seven of his most memorable roles, all of which showcase what critic Todd VanDerWerff calls Garner's rare ability to "make his essential James Garner-ness work in just about any situation." Maverick, 1957-1962 Though he'd had parts on the big screen for years, »
- Nate Jones
By Christopher Rosa
Screen legend James Garner died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 86 years old. Garner’s most recent work was voicing Shazam in the 2010 short animated film Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam; however, his extensive résumé dates back to 1956.
Garner’s most notable film roles include The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), the music-packed Victor Victoria (1982), and Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He is perhaps best known for the television series Maverick and The Rockford Files, the latter of which won him an Emmy for his performance in 1977. Garner also played wise-cracking grandpa Jim Elgan on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter from 2002 to 2005.
Marvel: Oh, boy! Marvel Studios has scheduled releases for its next five movies, claiming July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019. Officially, Marvel has set Avengers: Age of Ultron for May 1, 2015, Ant-Man for July 17, 2015, and Captain America 3 for May 6, 2016, with Doctor Strange widely expected to arrive on July 8, 2016; Marvel has previously claimed May 5, 2017 for another unannounced title. So what Marvel movies do you most want to see? [Marvel] James Garner: Actor James Garner, whose career in movies and television spanned more than 50 years, has died at the age of 86. He gained fame in the TV Western Maverick before scoring on the big screen with roles in The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix, and...
- Peter Martin
Born James Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner became a merchant seaman before moving to Los Angeles to work at his father's carpeting business, before serving in the Korean War, where he earned the Purple Heart before his discharge in 1952. After studying business administration at the University of Oklahoma for a semester, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
After landing small roles in the TV series Cheyenne, James Garner landed a contract at Warner Bros. at $200 a week, where he had a number of supporting roles before his breakout performance in Sayonara alongside Marlon Brando. That lead to his first starring role in Darby's Rangers after Charlton Heston walked off of the production.
My geek overdrive continues to overwhelm me. But I’m not the only one.
Less than a week away from this year’s San Diego ComicCon (which opens its doors this Thursday, July 24th, and closes them on Sunday, July 27th) Entertainment Weekly joins the national geek fest that is summertime with a bang-up double-size issue featuring a cover shot of Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America with Ultron looming behind them. The issue is a stuffed-to-the-gills San Diego Comic Con preview…
And I read every single page. Including the adverts.
Now I know how those fans at the 1976 Sdcc felt when Charles Lippincott (then head of Lucasfilm’s marketing, advertising and publicity department) showed some of the first production slides of Star Wars, and (writer) Roy Thomas and (artist) Howard Chaykin previewed their Marvel Comics adaptation of the film, because the cover story, »
- Mindy Newell
"There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner," Sally Field said of her costar in the 1985 movie Murphy's Romance. "He was a diamond." Tom Selleck paid tribute to Garner, who died Saturday night at age 86, by saying, "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." In his own words, Garner - who first rose to prominence on the '50s TV Western Maverick and whose star continued to burn bright on the '70s series The Rockford Files - sat down with People in 2005 to reminisce on »
- Jeff Nelson and Stephen M. Silverman
Almost every obituary for the quietly great James Garner, who died on Saturday, July 19, concentrated on his TV triumph, The Rockford Files, which made it easy to forget that this marvelously artless actor had a fine film career, too. True, Garner didn’t have a lot of hits. Who cares? The handsome actor went for the art, not the simpleminded smash. After his career-defining turn as Hendley "The Scrounger" in The Great Escape, this understated Okie made a slew of wonderful sleepers. Here are some of the best. Box office be damned. The Americanization Of Emily (Directed by Arthur Hiller, MGM 1964) Supposedly his favorite role, Garner plays the scales of cynicism so gracefully in this anti-war gem, he makes them sound like a symphony. He »
Indeed it is sad news to acknowledge the passing of Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor James Garner (1928-2014). The Hollywood icon Garner has endured a remarkable show business career during a five-plus decade stretch as he has entertained generations of TV and film audiences throughout the ages. Upon the death of this immensely likable leading man on both the small and big screen many are probably wondering about their mortality at this point. After all, you either grew up with James Garner as a peer or spent your childhood watching him in your living rooms on the boob tube or at the local movie theater.
Although the majority of folks associate Garner with television from his first western series Maverick in the 1950′s to his landmark role as ex-con Pi Jim Rockford in the 1970′s The Rockford Files (some teens and young adults may recall his brief stint as grandfather Jim »
- Frank Ochieng
Hollywood came out in force to mourn the loss of movie and TV great James Garner on Sunday, sharing their personal recollections and thoughts on the passing of the Oscar-nominated (and Emmy-winning) star at the age of 86. Check out a sampling below, then share your own fond memories of Garner and his work in the comments. Sally Field: "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." James Woods: Lois Garner just told me, "I'll never be the same. My Jim is gone." Her tears speak for all of us. #JamesGarner Rip pic.twitter.com/vUFLkfZMsX — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 20, 2014 Carole King: I worked with #JamesGarner on the set of "Murphy's Romance". He was one of the nicest people. »
- Chris Eggertsen
James Garner passed away at his home in Los Angeles on July 19.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at about 7:57 pm last night to an unspecified medical request at his address. West Lapd has confirmed they responded and after their investigation, it appears he died of natural causes.
Garner was not just known for his roles in television as he was able to transition from television to film. In the 1960s, he starred in The Children's Hour with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, The Thrill of It All and Move Over Darling with Doris Day, The Americanization of Emily with Julie Andrews, The Art of Love with Dick Van Dyke »
Artist Pete Emslie's tribute to Garner. (Courtesy of The Cartoon Cave),
By Lee Pfeiffer
Hollywood lost another member of its rapidly diminishing roster of stars who can truly be called legends. James Garner has passed away from natural causes following years of battling severe health issues that kept him out of the public eye. He was 86 years old. Like many actors of his generation, he drifted into the profession as an unlikely candidate for stardom. Garner served in the Korean War and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a fact he was characteristically humble about discussing. He landed some parts in "A" list feature films in the late 1950s before starring as Bret Maverick in the smash hit TV series "Maverick". His popularity exploded in the 1960s when he became part of a select number of TV stars to successfully transfer their popularity to the big screen. Garner made a major »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
On Saturday, Hollywood leading man James Garner died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 86.
Rip to a legend. James Garner was both a kind man and gifted actor. It was an honor to work with him on #TheNotebook. He will be missed.
— Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) July 20, 2014
— Brett Martin (@brettmartin) July 20, 2014
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- Samantha Highfill
One of the most famous, beloved and iconic stars of TV and the big screen has been lost. James Garner, star of such classic television series as The Rockford Files and Maverick and known for his roles in movies like Murphy’s Romance, The Great Escape and Space Cowboys has passed away at the age of 86.
THR reports that Garner was found Saturday evening by Los Angeles police, dead in his home in Brentwood, California, of apparently natural causes. Garner’s charming, genial presence always seemed to immediately improve whatever he turned up in, from his role as a suspicious police lieutenant in the mostly forgettable 1993 alien abduction flick Fire in the Sky to his key turn as the romantic old codger in The Notebook.
He will be ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Actor James Garner has died at the age of 86, reportedly of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Garner was probably best known for his television shows "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files", though his presence on film won't go overlooked especially in such films as The Great Escape, Grand Prix, Sayonara, The Americanization of Emily, Victor/Victoria, The Notebook and Space Cowboys. My personal experience with Garner's work is limited to only a couple of the films mentioned above, but perhaps mostly when he appeared as the father to Mel Gibson in the feature film version of Maverick, co-starring Jodie Foster. Garner was something of an everyman performer, nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in 1986 for Murphy's Romance, three-time Golden Globe winner, though never for his most popular roles, two-time Emmy winner and most recently, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild »
- Brad Brevet
James Garner, a legendary actor of both the small and silver screens for nearly six decades, passed away Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 86. Lapd confirmed reports that the actor was found dead at his home, and while Garner suffered from various ailments in recent years – including a minor stroke in 2008 – it appears he died from natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reports.
A towering, charismatic presence with a slight Oklahoma accent from his childhood, Garner's long filmography is filled with dozens of unforgettable roles, from long TV stints as »
Legendary actor James Garner has died at the age of 86. TMZ reports that an ambulance was sent to the actor's Los Angeles home on Sunday but he was dead when they arrived. The distinctively voiced actor reportedly died of natural causes.
With more than five decades of projects under his belt, Garner was one of those rare actors who had an equally successful career in both television and movies.
On TV he was in not one but two iconic roles as the title characters in 1950s western-comedy "Maverick" and 1970s detective drama "The Rockford Files". He subsequently appeared in the 1994 "Maverick" film as the father of Mel Gibson's younger Maverick lead.
He also starred in over fifty films including many iconic titles like "The Great Escape," "Grand Prix," "Victor/Victoria," "The Americanization of Emily," "Marlowe," "Hour of the Gun," "Up Periscope," "The Art of Love," "The Fan," "Barbarians at the Gate, »
- Garth Franklin
Los Angeles – He was the guy that could take care of things for you, with a wink of the eye and a slightly cynical air. Handsome star James Garner distinguished himself in both film and television, and passed away on July 19th, 2014, in Los Angeles after a long stretch of health problems. He was 86.
Garner broke in on a national level by starring as professional gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s TV series, “Maverick,” and went from there to take on leading man and character roles in classic films such as “The Children’s Hour,” “The Great Escape,” “The Americanization of Emily,” “Victor Victoria,” and “Murphy’s Romance.” He even completed a TV-to-movie cycle by appearing in the Mel Gibson film version of “Maverick.” He also made a second character splash on TV in the 1970s, portraying private investigator Jim Rockford in the sly and popular show, “The Rockford Files. »
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Oscar-nominated actor James Garner has passed away at the age of 86.
Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance,” was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.
Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. Pdt and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
- Movie Geeks
James Garner in Marlowe
In the 1960s, James Garner was a cinema legend, one of the top choices to play tough guy gunslingers and rough-edged urban gunslingers. In the 1970s, he reinvented himself and won a whole new set of fans with TV movie series The Rockford Files. Now, at the age of 86, he has died.
Garner was known for films like The Great Escape, Support Your Local Gunfighter, Hour Of The Gun and The Children's Hour, and was much admired as a character actor. He was also a war hero, winning two purple hearts for his service in Korea. He worked in cinema up until 2008, when complications from a minor stroke left him in poor health. After a long period of decline he finally passed away in his Los Angeles home.
He is survived by his wife, Lois, and their daughters, Kim and Gigi. »
- Jennie Kermode
James Garner, the rugged leading man who charmed generations of audiences with his roles in Maverick, The Rockford Files, and The Notebook, died of natural causes on Saturday night in Los Angeles, according to TMZ and the Associated Press. The Emmy winner—and 14-time nominee—had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was 86.
The persona he first projected in Maverick in 1957—handsome, charming, genial, a bit of a rogue, mostly a mensch—established Garner as America’s leading television actor. Born James Scott Baumgarner in Norman, Okla., in 1928, he survived an upbringing that was at best knockaround and often, at the hands of a cruel stepmother, »
- EW staff
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