|Via NY Times|
April 7, 1928- July 19, 2014
James Garner, actor best known for his role in the 1950s western Maverick and the 1970s series The Rockford Files, died on Saturday night as his home in Los Angeles. He was 86.
""I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor," Garner once said. "His idea was to be on time, know your words, hit your marks and tell the truth. Most every actor tries to make it something it isn't [or] looks for the easy way out. I don't think acting is that difficult if you can put yourself aside and do what the writer wrote."
-Via USA TODAY
Garner's acting career began in 1954. He has a small part in the Broadway play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Then he began to land TV roles, commercials and signed a movie contract with Warner Bros. He rose to fame with Warner Bros, gracing the big and small screen with his handsome presence and giving us film and TV classics that we'l l never forget. Something I think that can be admired of him is that he never went into the business for the fame.
"I got into the business to put a roof over my head," he said. "I wasn't looking for star status. I just wanted to keep working." (Via USA Today)
Rest in peace, James Garner. You will be missed.
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Source: USA Today