Rest In Peace: James Garner (1928 – 2014)


A rough week of celebrity losses just got a whole lot worse.

Just days after the world said goodbye to Johnny Winter and Elaine Stritch, news is breaking that iconic screen actor James Garner has also passed away. He was 86.

Garner, who rose to fame with his role on the 1950s television series Maverick, was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday. Officers responded to a call at Garner’s home around 8:00 P.M. PST and confirmed Garner’s identity with family members who were present at the scene. A cause of death has not yet been determined in the matter, but no foul play is expected.

I don’t have exact numbers in front of me, but James Garner essentially spent six decades making a living by entertaining people. The joy he brought to the lives of countless individuals around the globe is immeasurable, as is the joy his work will continue to bring for many, many years to come.

In the end, Garner was a performer at heart. At the end of the 1990s he and his longtime wife, Lois Clarke, built a vast property in California for themselves and their family to enjoy. “My wife and I felt … we’d just watch the sunset from the front porch,” Garner said in 2000. “But then the phone started ringing with all these wonderful offers, and we decided, `Heck, let’s stay in the business for a while.”‘

Rest in peace, James. You will be missed.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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