Actor James Garner passed away of natural causes yesterday. He was 86.
Garner is best known for his work on TV with his portrayal of Bret Maverick in Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. However, Garner also enjoyed a successful film career with roles in The Great Escape, Victor Victoria, Murphy’s Romance (a role which garnered him his only Oscar nomination), an updated version of Maverick with Mel Gibson and The Notebook. My Dad mentioned a film called 36 Hours in which he plays a military intelligence officer who is brainwashed into thinking WWII has ended in an effort by the Germans to extricate information about the D-Day invasion.
I also remember the Polaroid commercials he did with Mariette Hartley.
There was an ease in his manner that made his acting natural and without pretension. It was this ease that enabled him to resonate with generations of TV and movie viewers and will continue to do so despite the fact he is no longer with us.