Sunday, 20 July 2014

RIP James Garner

Another sad loss to the world of showbiz, one of the true and last Hollywood greats James Garner has passed away aged 86.

Born in 1928, Garner served in the Korean War receiving two Purple Hearts after being wounded twice, first to the hands and face following a mortar attack and secondly in the buttocks from US fighter jet friendly fire whilst diving into a foxhole (Garner would often joke to the press he was decorated for being 'shot in the ass') After the conflict, Garner sought his fame and achieved it swiftly and with great success appearing in countless movies including The Great Escape and Marlowe as well as achieving fame and worldwide recognition on TV with the lead roles in Maverick and The Rockford Files, the latter series was only cancelled at his own behest in 1981 due to the physical toll it was taking to his body, Garner having endured hospitalisation after aggravating a knee injury from Korea when performing his own stunts on the show. A lifelong democrat, Garner was a political animal and civil rights activist who, it has been reported, helped Martin Luther King organise his march to Washington. A true star, he will be much missed. RIP.

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