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Sunday, 20 July 2014

James Garner RIP

I'm saddened by the news that James Garner has passed away at the age of 86 - Garner will be best remembered for his two classic TV series Maverick and The Rockford Files but he also appeared in a string of classic movies. The Great Escape for one, Boy's Night Out for another.

 I always liked Garner's westerns and he played in a great many classic western movies - He gave us a brutal Wyatt Earp in Hour of the Gun, as well as a grizzled Cap Woodrow Call in the excellent Streets of Larado.

Garner did a fair few dramatic roles but he was always more successful in light comedy roles -Maverick and Rockford Files are great examples of this, as was the successful comedy western, Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) and it's sequel, Support Your Local Gunfighter. He also gave a great turn in the Clint Eastwood helmed comedy, Space Cowboys. James Garner was a versatile actor who deserved his superstar status.

Goodbye Sir.

2 comments:

Oscar said...

Another fine actor bites the dust. Always enjoyed his movies and TV series.

Neil Waring said...

One of my favorites.