James Garner reported dead
James “Jim” Garner‘s characters were often laid back, non-conforming without being confrontational. If it wasn’t right, they didn’t do it…but “right” and “proper” weren’t the same things.
Certainly (and appropriately) best known for Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, Garner’s career also includes more geek-friendly roles:
- Space (1984 TV miniseries based on Michener’s fictionalized account of the American space program)
- Fire in the Sky, based on the Travis Walton UFO abduction case…Garner’s Lt. Frank Watters is investigating the claims
- Space Cowboys (directed by and co-starring Clint Eastwood)
- Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire (as Commander Rourke)
- God, the Devil, and Bob TV series (as the voice of God…Alan Cumming was the Devil)
- The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
- Battle for Terra
- Garner also voiced the pivotal character Shazam (who gave Captain Marvel powers) in DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
Audiences had a special affection for Jim Garner: it seemed like it was never about his characters being better or smarter than everybody else…just more stubborn about sticking to the big principles.
Good-bye, Jim Garner: the world might be neater without you, but it isn’t better.
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