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WORST FORUMS GUY
Apr 2, 2011





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LOS ANGELES - Actor James 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," has died, police said. He was 86.

He 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.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."

His quick-witted avoidance of conflict provided a refreshingly new take on the American hero, contrasting with the steely heroics of John Wayne and the fast trigger of Clint Eastwood.

Well into his 70s, the handsome Oklahoman remained active in both TV and film. In 2002, he was Sandra Bullock's father in the film "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." The following year, he joined the cast of "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter," playing the grandfather on the sitcom after star John Ritter, who played the father, died during the show's second season.

When he received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2005, he quipped, "I'm not at all sure how I got here."

But in his 2011 memoir, "The Garner Files," he provided some amusing and enlightening clues, including his penchant for bluntly expressed opinions and a practice for decking people who said something nasty to his face including an obnoxious fan and an abusive stepmother. They all deserved it, Garner declared in his book.

It was in 1957 when the ABC network, desperate to compete on ratings-rich Sunday night, scheduled "Maverick" against CBS's powerhouse "The Ed Sullivan Show" and NBC's "The Steve Allen Show." ''Maverick" soon outpolled them both.

Garner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2005.
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Garner received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2005.
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Garner in the TV series 'The Rockford Files' in the late 1970s.
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Garner in the TV series 'The Rockford Files' in the late 1970s.
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At a time when the networks were crowded with hard-eyed, traditional Western heroes, Bret Maverick provided a fresh breath of air. With his sardonic tone and his eagerness to talk his way out of a squabble rather than pull out his six-shooter, the con-artist Westerner seemed to scoff at the genre's values.

After a couple of years, Garner felt the series was losing its creative edge, and he found a legal loophole to escape his contract in 1960.

His first film after "Maverick" established him as a movie actor. It was "The Children's Hour," William Wyler's remake of Lillian Hellman's lesbian drama that co-starred Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine.

He followed in a successful comedy with Kim Novak, "Boys Night Out," and then fully established his box-office appeal with the 1963 blockbuster war drama "The Great Escape" and two smash comedies with Doris Day "The Thrill of It All" and "Move Over Darling."

Throughout his long film career, Garner demonstrated his versatility in comedies ("The Art of Love," ''A Man Could Get Killed," ''Skin Game"), suspense ("36 Hours," ''They Only Kill Their Masters," ''Marlowe"), Westerns ("Duel at Diablo," ''Hour of the Gun," ''Support Your Local Gunfighter").

In the 1980s and 1990s, when most stars his age were considered over the hill, Garner's career remained strong.

He played a supporting role as a marshal in the 1994 "Maverick," a big-screen return to the TV series with Mel Gibson in Garner's old title role. His only Oscar nomination came for the 1985 "Murphy's Romance," a comedy about a small-town love relationship in which he co-starred with Sally Field.

His favorite film, though, was the cynical 1964 war drama "The Americanization of Emily," which co-starred Julie Andrews.

Unlike most film stars, Garner made repeated returns to television. "Nichols" (1971-72) and "Bret Maverick" (1981-82) were short-lived, but "The Rockford Files" (1974-80) proved a solid hit, bringing him an Emmy.

James Garner in a publicity portrait for 'Maverick,' circa 1960.James Garner in a publicity portrait for 'Maverick,' circa 1960.PreviousNextJames Garner, US actor, poses in costume, pointing a handgun with a horse behind him, in a publicity portrait issued for the US television show, 'Maverick', USA, circa 1960. The western series starred Garner as 'Bret Maverick'. James Garner, left, rehearses a scene with actress Joan Hackett for Garner's movie "Support Your Local Sheriff" the first production for his Cherokee film company, April 22, 1968, Los Angeles, Calif. Enlarge
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Among his notable TV movies: "Barbarians at the Gate" (as tycoon F. Ross Johnson), "Breathing Lessons," ''The Promise," ''My Name Is Bill W.," ''The Streets of Laredo" and "One Special Night."

He said he learned about acting while playing a non-speaking role as a Navy juror in the 1954 Broadway hit play "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," starring Henry Fonda and Lloyd Nolan.

"I had no lines, and I had trouble staying awake," Garner recalled.

After "Caine Mutiny," Garner found work in Hollywood as a bit player in the "Cheyenne" TV series. Warner Bros. gave him a screen test and signed him to a seven-year contract starting at $200 a week.

The studio cast him in supporting roles in three minor films, followed by the important break as Marlon Brando's sidekick in "Sayonara." When Charlton Heston declined a war movie, "Darby's Rangers," because of a money dispute, Garner assumed the role.

"Maverick," which co-starred Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick, made its debut on Sept. 22, 1957.

Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner (some references say Baumgarner) in Norman, Okla. His mother died when he was 5, and friends and relatives cared for him and his two brothers for a time while his father was to California.

In 1957, Garner married TV actress Lois Clarke, and the union prevailed despite some stormy patches. She had a daughter Kimberly from a previous marriage, and the Garners had another daughter, Gretta Scott. In the late 1990s, the Garners built a 12,000-square-foot house on a 400-acre ranch north of Santa Barbara.

"My wife and I felt ... we'd just watch the sunset from the front porch," Garner said in 2000. "But then the phone started ringing with all these wonderful offers, and we decided, 'Heck, let's stay in the business for a while.'"


Wow, really gonna miss this guy.

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Matoi Ryuko
Jan 6, 2004





Chuck Tanner
Nov 10, 2012

by Lowtax


who?

Matoi Ryuko
Jan 6, 2004






I dunno, he didn't post a picture.

KiddieGrinder
Nov 15, 2005

HELP ME

whew now I dont have to check my RSS feed!

thanks OP!

Al Borland
Oct 29, 2006
Probation
Can't post for 2 hours!



my thoughts eactly.

ALL-PRO SEXMAN
Nov 8, 2006

Veni, vidi, Lombardi.



a pretty awesome dude

DARPA Dad
Dec 9, 2008


tane

Don Tacorleone
Apr 2, 2013


Who gives a poo poo, how many threads does this need? Do we need a thread every time someone dies? goddamn it

Don Tacorleone
Apr 2, 2013


Don Tacorleone posted:

Who gives a poo poo, how many threads does this need? Do we need a thread every time someone dies? goddamn it

Now I feel bad that I wrote this, gently caress you OP this is all your fault

Don Tacorleone
Apr 2, 2013


My thoughts and prayers go out to his family

Don Tacorleone
Apr 2, 2013


but still gently caress you OP

Ringo Star Get
Sep 18, 2006

JUST FUCKING TAKE OFF ALREADY, SHIT


He was at his best in the Notebook when he watched his wife/love of his life forget her entire past with him and went apeshit on him during dinner.

Borneo Jimmy
Feb 27, 2007

Let me tell you all about the philosophy of the buttcam

Dangit Angel.

Naerasa
Aug 5, 2004

Do you not know that Death is the servant of Chaos?

Thought this was Victor Garber for a second and was like 'no the Alias guy!', but I don't know who this is, sorry.

cis white male
Jul 5, 2014

i'm a fag i'm a lesbian


finally someone actually dies and it's not even a fun one

Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013

You have failed me for the last time, Colonel Pickering.


Rockford Filed this thread a 1.

Juanito
Jan 20, 2004

I wasn't paying attention
to what you just said.

Can you repeat yourself
in a more interesting way?


Chris Awful
Oct 2, 2005

Tell your friends they don't have to be scared or hungry anymore comrades.



Seriously. Most people on SA weren't born in the 40s.

felinelvr
Mar 8, 2007



RIP James. I loved the Rockford files.

fuck trophy 2k14
Jun 8, 2012




masterful

Secks Cauldron
Aug 26, 2006

I thought they closed that place down!


Rest in peace. I'm not really familiar with his work but I know someone who is a major fan.

Boogaleeboo
Sep 13, 2011

DON'T LET THIS PICTURE OF AN ADORABLE KITTEN FOOL YOU INTO THINKING I'M NOT AN INSUFFERABLE AUTIST

Chris Awful posted:

Seriously. Most people on SA weren't born in the 40s.

I was going to say "And weren't trying to get laid in 2004 and had to see the Notebook a million times?" but it's SA, I suppose there is a chance nobody here was trying or succeeding in getting laid in 2004.

whoflungpoop
Sep 9, 2004

With you and the constellations

feels weird to put and in the same post

Rapman the Cook
Aug 24, 2013

waste of space

You youre gonna miss him so much, yet you couldnt even put effort into your OP and remove all the missing image garbage text.

Right...

Juanito
Jan 20, 2004

I wasn't paying attention
to what you just said.

Can you repeat yourself
in a more interesting way?


Rapman the Cook posted:

You youre gonna miss him so much, yet you couldnt even put effort into your OP and remove all the missing image garbage text.

Right...
Grief does strange things to people, man

whatis
Jun 6, 2012




yeah id gently caress this dude

rip

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Big Beef City
Aug 15, 2013

You have failed me for the last time, Colonel Pickering.


Boogaleeboo posted:

I was going to say "And weren't trying to get laid in 2004 and had to see the Notebook a million times?" but it's SA, I suppose there is a chance nobody here was trying or succeeding in getting laid in 2004.

*calmly strokes ur hair*

Shhhhhhh, it's ok baby. It's ok.

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