Sunday, July 20, 2014

Goodbye, James Garner :-(

1928-2014

Goodbye to James Garner, the star of many of my favorite movies, including Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and The Great Escape (1963), and I love his TV show Maverick (1957-1962).

When I was in high school, I read a biography of Steve McQueen that said that for a while McQueen and James Garner were neighbors.  According to the book, Garner was a bit nitpicky when it came to keeping his lawn and grounds neat and clean.  McQueen's house was uphill from Garner's, and he used to roll empty beer cans down the hill at night so that when James Garner would wake up in the morning, his lawn would have a bunch of beer cans on it, and then Steve McQueen could enjoy the sight of Garner stomping around, ranting about, "Where do these keep coming from?!?!?!" as he picked them up.  I don't remember any more if he ever found out it was McQueen littering on his lawn, but the story still makes me chuckle all these years later.

4 comments:

  1. I know, I'm going to miss him too. Such a good actor.

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    1. Indeed. He played so many enjoyable characters.

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  2. It was sad to read this yesterday. Loved James in The Rockford Files (my family is still watching those) and of course, various oldies on film too. :)

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    1. One day I will watch more of The Rockford Files -- I've only seen a couple of eps, but they were fun!

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