The Iconic TV Series
Maverick, a television series that aired from 1957 to 1962, was a pop-cultural milestone that enthralled audiences with its unique blend of humor and adventure.
Through the show, James Garner emerged as a household name, and many wondered what happened to the actor after the original series wrapped.
A Hollywood Journey
James Garner was born in Oklahoma in 1928 and served in the Korean War before beginning his acting career in the 1950s with uncredited roles in films like The Girl He Left Behind.
He hit it big playing the character of Bret Maverick in the TV show that charted the adventures of two con artist brothers.
He continued to star in numerous films and television shows, including The Great Escape, The Rockford Files and Space Cowboys, throughout his illustrious career which spanned more than fifty years.
The Aftermath of the Show
After the original Maverick series ended, Garner continued to act in films and TV shows, as well as producing work for the industry.
He was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Private Investigator Jim Rockford in the iconic series The Rockford Files.
While his television work often overshadowed his film career, Garner was a talented actor with an enduring presence.
Garner’s Retirement and Later Years
In 2000, James Garner was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his considerable contributions to the entertainment industry.
Garner’s retirement did not prevent him from being active in the film and television industry, and he made his final appearance on the small screen in 2008 in an episode of the series Hollywood’s Greatest Villains.
Garner passed away on July 19, 2014 at the age of 86, leaving behind an enduring legacy of unforgettable performances that had a profound impact on the entertainment industry.
The Legacy Continues
The influence of James Garner continues to shine bright, with the immense popularity of re-runs of his shows and his movies, inspiring new generations to discover this iconic star.
Maverick and The Rockford Files endure as iconic television series that remain as beloved today as they were half a century ago.