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Jame Garner "Maverick", "Rockford" dies at 86

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    Police: Movie, TV legend James Garner dies - SFGate

    Famous movie and tv star, usually playing affiable if rascally good guys.

    "Maverick" was a twist in the western genre in that Bret Maverick used his wits and poker playing skills to defeat the bad guys rather than using a gun.

    "Nicholls" was a one-season series about a gambler and con man in the West who was reluctantly appointed the sheriff of a town and who rode a motorcycle as the setting was the early 1900's. Nicholls used the sheriff office more for personal gain. At the final episode of the season, Nicholls was killed off and his more honorable twin brother took over as a sheriff as a traditionally heroic lawman to satisfy NBC executives who were undecided about renewing the show...the series was cancelled after season 1 anyhow.

    "The Rockford Files" had Garner playing wrongly convicted ex-con Jim Rockford turned private investigator who also didn't use a gun ("I just like to point it") and preferred to play con games against the bad guys and avoid trouble (yeah, right) in investigating his cases.

    As a twist in the tv detective genre, Rockford broke the rules.
    If Rockford got into a fist fight, he would likely break the bones in his hand than beating up the bad guys. His office/home is an old trailer on the beach, his clients often didn't pay his detective fees, his father Rocky (Noah Beery Jr) didn't understand what his son did for a living, the police hated him for taking cases marked "closed" by them, his best friend Sgt Dennis Becker (Joe Santos) of the police department helped Rockford out begrudgingly, and his friend and chronic con man Angel (Stuart Margolin) usually caused more trouble than being helpful.

    For his role as Commander Rourke in "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" for Disney, he got to play a bad guy for a change.

    Garner played a laidback, casually dressed God in the NBC animated series "God, The Devil, and Bob".

    From natural causes. Garner had suffered a stroke in 2008.
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