Friday, July 25, 2014

Luck Was His Companion

There isn't much TSG can add to the articles posted this week honoring James Garner. He was an American Icon and will be sorely missed.

Strangely enough, one of our favorite memories of Jimbo goes back to a night spent in a run-down hotel in Gila Bend, AZ.  It was the first night of a road trip, too hot to camp, and our channel surfing was rewarded with Tom Snyder interviewing the actor on CNBC. Something Garner said about his career has always stuck with us--that he considered himself successful because he was able to provide for his wife and children...acting was just a means to that end. Everything else--the fame, the travel, hanging out with the great actors of his age, was just gravy.

Thanks for the wonderful memories, Mr. Garner.


Parm said...

Down to Earth guy; sensible sentiments.

Though it is not fair to his career, my fave memories of the guy pertain to his role as Maverick! That was absolutely the perfect role for him, awash in coolness at every turn of phrase and flip of the card.

Elaine Linton said...

I really loved that movie late in his career, Murphy's Law with Sally Fields, she is a favorite too.

yawndave said...

I don't think I've ever watched Murphy's Law all the way through, maybe I should go back and give it another shot.

One movie of his that didn't get any mention (or none that I saw) was Skin Game...I wonder if the subject matter might've been a little non-PC for inclusion in the various remembrances.