Iconic television and film actor James Garner passed away Saturday night at the age of 86, leaving an indelible legacy on Hollywood which will be felt for years to come.
The celebrated actor starred in numerous beloved and critically acclaimed television shows, starting as far back as his iconic role playing Bret Maverick on the series Maverick – the adaptation of which he later co-starred in alongside Mel Gibson – as well as The Rockford Files and more recently 8 Simple Rules.
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Through his career he gained a vast array of friends and fans who were inspired by his work, his talent and his kindness. After his passing, actors and celebrities throughout the industry took to the internet to thank Garner for his legacy and pass long their wishes and condolences.
I say this with a heavy broken heart.was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. ❤️ u Grampa Jim pic.twitter.com/twYRUG6w0B— Kaley Cuoco Sweeting (@KaleyCuoco) July 20, 2014
Comedy, drama. Movies and TV movies. Did series when it wasn't cool and made them iconic. Never stooped to "acting! " James Garner: my hero.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 20, 2014
Damn sad to hear about James Garner passing away.. One of my favorite actors ever. Always wanted to meet him...— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) July 20, 2014
RIP to a legend. James Garner was both a kind man and gifted actor. It was an honor to work with him on #TheNotebook. He will be missed.— Nicholas Sparks (@NicholasSparks) July 20, 2014
The Great Escape Support Your Local Gunfighter/Sheriff The Americanization of Emily Rockford James Garner (1928-2014) The best good guy.— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 20, 2014
James Garner we all were very lucky that you found what you found inside of yourself and shared it with all of us. Thank you. RIP my friend.— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) July 20, 2014
I think James Garner was my first crush.— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) July 20, 2014
R.I.P James Garner.Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods. http://t.co/YoRLWM95wz— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 20, 2014
James Garner falls under the heading of, "They don't make em like they used to" You were the fucking coolest. R.I.P my friend.— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 20, 2014
Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford. XX pic.twitter.com/WUHJ2ic59z— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) July 20, 2014
James Garner. RIP. I grew up on 'The Rockford Files.' Never a bad performance. He made it easy and it never is.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 20, 2014
Ease into the week with a Sunday night viewing of "Victor/Victoria" - featuring the just dearly departed Legend James Garner. Rest in Peace— Haley Joel Osment (@HaleyJoelOsment) July 20, 2014
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family of James Garner this morning.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 20, 2014
So sad to hear that James Garner has gone. A real part of my childhood Rockford and the Maverick especially— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 20, 2014
You know the old wheeze about actors who "make it look easy?"#JamesGarner invented that.— Curtis Armstrong (@curtisisbooger) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner AKA The Scrounger. If you haven't seen The Great Escape, today's the day to see it. It's maybe the best movie ever.— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) July 20, 2014
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