Legendary actor and star of "The Rockford Files," James Garner has passed away at the age of 86. Garner played the independent, soft-spoken yet fearless private eye with an eye for the bizarre, Jim Rockford, who got himself in more than his share of scrapes with the law and everyone else along the way. HIs starring role on "The Rockford Files" in the 1970's was spurred by his earlier success on the show "Maverick" in the 1950's in which he played a western role, according to ABC News on Monday.
In the show "The Rockford Files," Garner got most of his "jobs" on an answering machine from clients who were cynical, and impersonal and evasive about compensation. In the end, most of the clients did not pay and Garner's character Rockford was left holding the bag. Rockford lived in a trailer and often times was visited by gun totting villains who were chasing the non-paying clients that Rockford was representing. Garner also was fortunate to have the show with one of the very best theme songs in television at the time. It was so catchy that it often was played as an instrumental on the radio at the time on popular music stations.
Garner also was in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" as Sandra Bullock's father. He played the grandfather in "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter." He helped defray the shock of the loss of John Ritter after his untimely death in his early fifties. Ritter had played the father in the series.
Garner was in a series of commercials for Polaroid cameras with actress Mariette Hartley, causing some people to mistakenly believe that the two were married. Garner later received the Screen Actor's Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and Garner remarked that he was not sure how he got there.
Perhaps he was not sure how he got there, but we sure are: You got there by being by being good James and we shall never forget you.