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Off into the Sunset: Actor James Garner rides away


James Garner at different events
James Garner at different events
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Actor James Garner has passed away
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

This is a sad day across America as well as for many country stars who had worked with the beloved TV and film star James Garner. James Garner was pronounced dead in his Brentwood home outside of Los Angeles this morning. He was 86 years old.

James Garner is probably most well known for his television show, “The Rockford Files,” which ran from 1974 to 1980. Other very notable roles he played which gained him not only national recognition but worldwide recognition is:

  • Murphy’s Romance.
  • Support Your Local Sheriff.
  • Support Your Local Gunfighter.
  • The Notebook.
  • Maverick – The Motion Picture.
  • Victor Victoria.
  • Move over Darlin.

With Maverick, the motion picture, James Garner played the leading role as Maverick. Garner had played Maverick in several TV series of Maverick such as:

  • The New Maverick-1978.
  • Young Maverick – 1979
  • Brett Maverick – 1981-1982.

In 1994 when Maverick (The Motion Picture) was released, along with it came a soundtrack that had several country artists on it. As a matter of fact, several country artists had cameo’s in that movie. The movie helped Clint Black’s, “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” to go to #1 on the Hot Country Charts. Tracy Lawrence also had a song go to #7 called, “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues. Carlene Carter watched as her song, “Something Already Gone,” went to #43.

In Murphy’s Romance where Garner played opposite Sally Field, there was lots of country music, square dancing, horses and farming happening in that movie. Garner was a lover of all things country. He was a true gentlemen and a war hero with two purple hearts he received from his time in Korea.

After John Ritter passed away, James Garner took the role as the grandfather on, “8 Simple Rules.” James Garner has surely touched the lives over half a century with his acting roles. He never wanted fame. He has been quoted as saying he, “just wanted to keep a roof over his head.” He was good friends with Paul Newman and lived next door to Steve McQueen. He has kissed some of the prettiest women in Hollywood.

This man has more acting credits and has led such an interesting life. Think back to when James was playing Duke in The Notebook. Can’t you just hear his voice as he says, “it has been a long and interesting life but it is time for me to close the book.”

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