Movie and tv world pays tribute to actor James Garner.
James Garner. According to the film director Ron Howard, ‘people around F1 stated he had the talent to be a pro driver’.
. The American movie and television world responded with unhappiness on Sunday to news of the fatality of the Emmy winning star James Garner, who died in Los Angeles at the age of 86.
The Star Trek star William Shatner said: “Sending thoughts and prayers to the family of James Garner this morning.”.
Garner, who had open-heart surgery in 1988 and suffered a stroke in 2008, was reported to have passed away of natural causes.
Born in Norman, Oklahoma, on 7 April 1928, he began his acting career in the 1950s, after serving in the Korean war, in which he was wounded two times. He was best known for his functions as a wise-cracking Wild West card sharp, in Maverick, and an ex-con turned p.i. in The Rockford Files.
The Rockford Files is an American tv drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network in between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the present day. Garner portraid Los Angeles-based private detective Jim Rockford with Noah Beery, Jr., in the supporting role of his dad, a retired truck driver nicknamed “Rocky”. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, the detective agency London company set the scene for lots of private detective London and other books and television series.
Largely known as a star of the small screen– he made a variety of Rockford Files TV films, regardless of leaving the regular series in 1980– Garner got one Oscar nomination, for the 1985 romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance, where he played a small-town druggist opposite Sally Field. He also had supporting roles in The Great Escape– as a military “scrounger”, apparently based upon his own experiences in uniform– Support Your Local Sheriff! and the 1994 big-screen version of Maverick, with Mel Gibson.
In 2004 he had a late-career hit in Nick Cassavetes’s The Notebook, in which he played the hubby of a character, played by Gena Rowlands, struggling with Alzheimer’s illness.
On Sunday, many stars and directors used Twitter to pay tribute. The director Ron Howard said Garner was “admired by all who understood him” and included: “When starring in [1966 motor racing movie] Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the skill to be a professional driver.”.
From Britain, the Sherlock author and star Mark Gatiss said: “Goodbye, Jim Rockford. The wonderful, amiable James Garner has gone.”.
Stephen Fry stated: “So sad to hear that James Garner has gone. A real part of my youth, Rockford and the Maverick especially.”.
Back in the United States, the actor Bruce Campbell stated “Tip of the hat to James Garner. Appeal, humor, but most of all– class”, while the Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment saluted “the just a lot departed Legend James Garner” and included: “Rest in Peace.”.
Marlee Matlin, who is deaf and who showed Garner in a 1997 TV motion picture, Dead Silence, wrote: “Sad to read my dear friend and costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford.”.
The actor and author Molly Ringwald tweeted: “I think James Garner was my very first crush.”.
Tributes also originated from outside the film world. The CNN news anchor Jake Tapper noted Garner’s support for the civil rights movement of the 1960s, saying “RIP James Garner” and tweeting an image of the actor with Paul Newman, Marlon Brando and James Baldwin at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on 28 August 1963.
NBC’s Chuck Todd stated: “Loved James Garner in just about every role, even as the adorable rogue ex-prez in My Fellow Americans. Character freely based on Clinton?”.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times pointed out the late director Robert Altman, who said in 1979: “I have long thought Jim Garner was among the very best stars around. He is typically ignored due to the fact that he makes it so easy, which is not easy to do. I don’t know any individual in business with his appeal and charisma who can act so well.”.
The paper also priced quote Clint Eastwood, with whom Garner starred in Space Cowboys in 2000 and who followed Garner from the small screen. Eastwood said Garner “opened the door for individuals like Steve McQueen and myself”.