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When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
Last week.s column was devoted to the late, great James Garner. This week.s edition highlights his Space Cowboys director, and the icon whose likeness has graced this column.s banner since it began! Clint Eastwood Clint Eastwood's impact on modern cinema can't be overrated. Even if he had never stepped behind a camera, he'd be known for his dozens of westerns and cop movies, all of which helped define the modern action hero. But Eastwood was far more than just an action guy. »
- Chris Bumbray
Walt Martin, who collaborated with director Clint Eastwood on 14 films, including the upcoming American Sniper and Jersey Boys died at 69 on July 24. Martin died from vasculitis at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA. Martin received a 2007 Oscar nomination for his work on Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. Martin worked on such Eastwood titles as True Crime, Space Cowboys, Blood Work, Mystic River and Oscar best picture winner Million Dollar Baby. In addition to working on such films as And The Band Played On, Charlie’s Angels, and John Huston’s The Dead, Martin also sound mixed on such TV series […] »
Walt Martin Dies At 69
Martin passed away on July 24 of vasculitis at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after being hospitalized for chest pains, his wife Elena Martin told The Hollywood Reporter.
Martin first teamed up with Eastwood on 1999 picture True Crime. He went on to work with him on Space Cowboys (2000), Blood Work (2002), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009), Hereafter (2010) and Trouble With the Curve (2012).
Martin also worked with Eastwood on this summer’s Jersey Boys musical and most recently on the Chris Kyle biopic American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, which is to hit theaters next year. He won an Oscar for sound mixing Eastwood’s 2006 World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers.
Prior to becoming part of Eastwood’s crew, »
Walt Martin, a sound mixer who worked with Clint Eastwood on 14 films and received an Oscar nomination for the director’s 2006 war drama Flags of Our Fathers, has died. He was 69. Martin died July 24 of vasculitis after being hospitalized with chest pains at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his wife Elena said. Martin worked with Eastwood most recently on American Sniper, the military drama starring Bradley Cooper that wrapped filming in June and is due out in 2015, and this summer's Jersey Boys musical. Their collaboration began on True Crime (1999) and continued through Space Cowboys (2000),
- Mike Barnes
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
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 »
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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.
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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
20 July 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | IMDb News
He was born James Scott Bumgarner on April 7, 1928 in Norman, Oklahoma, the third and youngest son of Mildred and Weldon Bumgarner. His young life was very unsettled; at the age of four, his mother passed away, and James and his brothers Charles and Jack were sent away to live with relatives. When their father remarried in 1930 the boys were able to return home, but their stepmother mistreated them and the marriage ended after her cruelty to the boys, James in particular, grew untenable. Weldon, leaving the boys behind, moved to Los Angeles to look for steady work. After a brief stint in the Merchant Marines at the age of 16 (which ended due to his extreme seasickness), James followed his father to California, where he enrolled in Hollywood High School briefly. While there, he was recommended for a Jantzen swimsuit modeling job which turned out to be his first taste of Hollywood.
Grown tired of modeling and repelled by the phoniness of the Hollywood movie system, he returned to Norman and re-enrolled in high school there for a short time, before dropping out for good and enrolling in the National Guard. After a serious knee injury, he was discharged from the National Guard, only to be drafted by the Army in 1949 and sent to fight in Korea, where he was twice wounded and awarded two Purple Hearts.
After his discharge from the Army, he was persuaded by producer Paul Gregory, an old friend from his Hollywood High School days, to accept a role in his Broadway play "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial". In taking the role and studying following Henry Fonda's performance every night, James learned what he deemed his most effective tool in acting: listening.
His Broadway experience led him back to Los Angeles, where he won roles in commercials and TV, eventually signing a contract with Warner Brothers, who changed his screen name to Garner without his permission for his appearance in the 1956 film The Girl He Left Behind. In that same year he met Lois Clark at a political rally, and the two married 14 days later. Garner adopted Lois’s daughter Kimberly, and the couple also had a daughter together, Greta. It was after Greta’s birth that he legally changed his surname to Garner, as he was concerned that his children would have too many last names.
In 1957, he won a lead in the new television series “Maverick”, the role in which he originated and refined the ‘charming and hesitantly heroic con-man’ persona that would resonate with audiences through the remainder of his career. His turn as Bret Maverick, first imagined as the focal point of a by-the-numbers Western soon morphed into a new sort of anti-hero, one with a sense of humor who would rather charm than shoot or fight his way out of a bad situation. This portrayal of Bret earned him a Golden Globe in 1958, and an Emmy nomination in 1957. Network concerns led James to leave the show in 1960 and head back to feature films, where he relied on his life’s experiences to flesh out roles in a varied collection of films: the dramatic The Children’s Hour; war movies The Great Escape, 36 Hours and The Americanization of Emily; romantic comedies The Thrill Of It All and Move Over Darling and even racing drama Grand Prix. It was during Grand Prix that Garner discovered one of his life’s passions – auto racing – that would inspire him to support a racing team himself.
In 1970, he joined forces once again with “Maverick” creator Roy Huggins and writer Stephen J. Cannell to bring a new detective show to television, “The Rockford Files”. Much like they had in “Maverick”, they used the show to reinvent the detective genre. Gone were the hard-nosed gumshoe tactics and gunplay used in noir-inspired private investigator series, replaced by Jim Rockford’s easygoing personality and wit as the main tools used to solve robberies, insurance scams and the like. The show would run for six seasons before Garner’s stunt injuries and financial disputes ended the run, but not without Garner earning a Best Actor Emmy in 1977. In between film roles, Garner would revisit the character several times during the next few decades in made-for-TV movies, as the original show’s growing popularity in re-runs fueled demand for more Jim Rockford tales from a new generation of fans.
Garner’s film career continued alongside his major TV successes for the next 3 decades. Cinematic roles in Victor/Victoria, Murphy's Romance (which earned him a Best Actor Oscar nomination), Tank, Twilight, Maverick, Space Cowboys, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Notebook were interspersed with appearances in TV movies and series such as “Bret Maverick”, “Man of the People” “Chicago Hope” “First Monday” and “8 Rules for Dating Your Teenage Daughter.” Though he had experienced physical injuries in sports, war and during stunt work and had recovered from quintuple heart bypass in 1998, it wasn’t until suffering a stroke in 2008 that his work slowed.
He is survived by his wife Lois and his daughters Greta and Kimberly. He was preceded in death by his brother Charles in 1985. »
- Heather Campbell
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
Legendary actor James Garner, who was one of the first actors to find success in both film and television, has died. The cause of the death is not yet known, but TMZ is reporting that an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. He was dead when they arrived. Garner was the star of "The Rockford Files" and "Maverick" TV shows. He also starred in such films as "The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen, and later in his career, "Space Cowboys" with Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland. In total, Garner had 95 film and TV credits, including playing an older version of Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook" and returning for a big screen version of "Maverick," starring Mel Gibson. Garner was 86 years old. »
James Garner has died at the age of 86.
The actor passed away at his home in Los Angeles, with police dispatched to his property at around 8pm local time yesterday (July 19).
Garner is known for starring as Jim Rockford in crime drama series The Rockford Files between 1974 and 1980.
No cause of death has been confirmed yet.
"When starring in Grand Prix, the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver."
Rip James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July »
James Garner, for more than 50 years one of Hollywood's most likable leading men on the big screen and on TV, died at his Los Angeles home Saturday night, reports TMZ. He was 86. The star, best known for the Maverick and The Rockford Files TV series, had suffered what had been described as a minor stroke in 2008. Besides his popular work on the small screen, Garner also appeared opposite Julie Andrews in two critically acclaimed movies, 1964's The Americanization of Emily and 1982's Victor/Victoria. In addition, he costarred opposite Doris Day in The Thrill of It All and Move Over, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
James Garner, for more than 50 years one of Hollywood's most likable leading men on the big screen and on TV, died at his Los Angeles home Saturday night, reports TMZ. He was 86. The star, best known for the Maverick and The Rockford Files TV series, had suffered what had been described as a minor stroke in 2008. Besides his popular work on the small screen, Garner also appeared opposite Julie Andrews in two critically acclaimed movies, 1964's The Americanization of Emily and 1982's Victor/Victoria. He also costarred opposite Doris Day in The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling »
- Stephen M. Silverman
American actor James Garner has passed away aged 86, according to reports. An Academy Award-nominated film actor, Garner was best known for his TV work, appearing in the title role in the Western comedy series Maverick from 1957-1960, as well as playing private investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files between 1974 and 1980.
Born in Oklahoma in 1928, Garner began his career in the mid-1950s, getting his breakthrough with a supporting role alongside Marlon Brando in Sayonara in 1957. After becoming a household name through his work on Maverick, Garner enjoyed a number of film roles in the 1960s, including The Children’s Hour, Boys’ Night Out and The Great Escape.
After starring in The Rockford Files, Garner returned to the role of Bret Maverick for a shortlived revival in 1981, and also secured an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his work in Murphy’s Romance. In the 90s, he would return as »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
- Alan Sepinwall
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