James Garner Has Died

I never enjoy starting mornings off this way. James Garner has died at the age of 86, of natural causes. He was discovered Saturday evening in his Los Angeles home. The actor's trademark was his affability, and despite roles in films and TV series spanning hard drama to action and comedy, it was his good natured, never-quite-sarcastic quality that quickly made him a leading man.

He is being remembered for his roles in the TV series Maverick and The Rockford Files, both roles that were known for their tendency to play against the conventions of their genres, with Garner's charm often allowing him to find the alternative way out of a cliche. On screen, he of course took part in The Great Escape, still one of the best movies ever made (and I'll hand fight anyone who says different), and returned to the old west in Richard Donner's 1994 Maverick film, which might well be one of the better examples of Garner's range. He was an Emmy winner and an Academy award nominee, and a pioneer in what we'd now call employment rights for actors. Despite a fairly unrelenting career that spanned close to sixty years, he moved ably between the big and small screen throughout, a move that predicted the modern exodus of big names to television roles.

But above all that, he was a gentleman, a man of class and distinction. They don't make them like this anymore, and now they don't have them like this anymore.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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