The Rockford Files was always my idea of "TV". You know, you turn it on, flip the channels, and find an episode ten minutes in and start watching. It won't be great, but it will be decent enough to watch. James Garner was great on TV, but my favorite role of his was as the Scrounger on "The Great Escape".
In this part, they have bought up all the potatoes in the prison camp, and everyone is wondering why.
In the next, it has all been converted to moonshine, and the camp celebrates Independence Day.
2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan
24th Michigan Monument Gettysburg Pa
My father in-law was an engineer for Goodyear Aerospace designing fuel systems for Indy race cars and military aircraft such as the F-15. Every year he had to go and take the family with him to the Indy 500. My wife as a result always got to go and watch the race in the Goodyear luxury suite which she hated. Poor baby.
One year they run into James Garner who was driving the pace car for the race. Garner and my father in-law get into a conversation. Garner really liked my father in-law's Goodyear hat and offered to trade hats with him. My father in-law declines much to the disappointment of my mother in-law. It seems she let her disappointment be known to her husband for the rest of the day.
I think that all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not, and I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.
My father's side of the family is from Oklahoma (my great-grandfather staked land during the Land Run of 1893, near where Newkirk was later founded) and one of my uncles -- my dad's younger brother -- served in the same unit in Korea with "James Bumgarner".
That's pretty much our closest approach to someone famous, apart from a great-uncle on my mother's side who was distantly related to Gene Autry.
I remember Garner was also in "Barbarians at the Gates" (1993) with Johnathan Pryce and Joanna Cassidy. I don't think it gets played much since it's about "big tobacco". He also did the voice of Commander Lyle Rourke in the Disney movie "Atlantis" (2001). And a short-lived TV series set at the turn of the 20th century called "Nichols", where he played a small-town sheriff/policeman.
And those of us of a certain age can't forget the 300+ Polaroid commercials he did with Mariette Hartley. They were so convincing as a married couple that she had a T-shirt made up that said "I am not James Garner's wife".