James Garner is well-known for his starring roles on the TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files,” but I’m a little too young to remember those shows.
To me James Garner was always the lovable funny guy in a movie I liked. In the wake of Garner’s death Saturday at the age of 86, here are my favorite James Garner performances:
The Distinguished Gentleman (1992)
This was a small role, but since this was the first time I saw James Garner in a movie, it makes the cut. In “The Distinguished Gentleman” Garner plays longtime Congressman Jeff Johnson from Florida. In the middle of his reelection campaign Johnson dies of a heart attack while having sex with his secretary.
Hey, I didn’t say it was an Oscar worthy role.
Space Cowboys (2000)
In “Space Cowboys” Garner plays the Reverend “Tank” Sullivan. This is one of my favorite movies, and I think its very underrated. You should check it out if you’ve never seen it. Here’s my favorite scene:
My Fellow Americans (1996)
A tale of two former Presidents played by James Garner and Jack Lemmon. These two loathe each other, and Garner often gets the upper hand on his rival. “My Fellow Americans” has plenty of laughs, but this is still my favorite bit:
Rest in peace James Garner, and thanks for the laughs.