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Please Thank Them Before They Go: James GarnerWe need to thank the people who provide good things for us to enjoy or benefit from before they go. People on this earth do wonderful things and then they fade into obscurity or pass away without anyone getting a chance to say ‘thanks’ until after it is too late for them to hear about it. It’s now time to change all that.
Today, we are giving thanks to legendary American actor, James Garner.
- A Korean War veteran, Garner earned two Purple Hearts while serving in the U.S. Army.
- The Oklahoma native was first known for his role as Bret in the 1957-1960 comedy Western series Maverick.
- His 1970s series, The Rockford Files, earned him a new generation of fans and an Emmy Award for Best Actor.
- His film roles over the years have included Grand Prix, The Americanization of Emily, The Great Escape, Support Your Local Sheriff, Murphy’s Romance, Victor, Victoria, Maverick, and Barbarians at the Gate.
- After his role in Grand Prix, he owned a share of the car racing team, the American International Racers, racing at LeMans, Sebring, Baja, and Daytona.
- He drove the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 in 1975, 1977, and 1985.
- He appeared in a memorable campaign for Polaroid with former Rockford Files co-star, Mariette Hartley.
- He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1985 movie, Murphy’s Romance.
- In 1990, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
- He won the Most Valuable Amateur Player at the 1990 AT&T Golf Tournament.
- He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 1995 from the University of Oklahoma, a school he has supported for a number of years.
- In 2003, the James Garner Chair in the School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma was established.
- He joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules after the untimely death of John Ritter.
- In February 2005 he received the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award
- A statue of the actor was unveiled in 2006 in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma.
Thanks, Mr. G
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A Thank You To James Garner