Updated: 3/27/2017 2:32:38 AM
Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero con-man persona he first developed in Maverick.
Garner worked in a variety of jobs and received 2 Purple Hearts when he was wounded twice during the Korean War.
Garner participated in both on-road and off-road racing and drove the pace car three times at the Indianapolis 500.
While briefly attending Hollywood High, Garner was recommended by his football coach for a $20-an-hour job modeling Jantzen swimsuits for magazine ads.
Colbert was introduced as Brent in the season four episode The Forbidden City.
His ex-Maverick (1957) co-star, Jack Kelly guest-starred with him in a two-part episode of The Rockford Files (1974), in 1977.
The second episode of season four, Hadley's Hunters, features extremely brief crossovers from the Warner Bros array of Western shows.
A professional reunion of sorts was planned on the series being produced by Johnson, NCIS (2003), for Jim to come out of retirement in 2008, but it was ultimately decided that Garner's health was still a bit unstable, and friend Ralph Waite was cast instead.
In part because he hated speaking in public, he never again took a stage role, and the name Bumgarner died when his Warner Brothers contract was signed in 1956.
In the 1980s Garner appeared in few movies, but the ones he did make were darker than the likable Garner of old. Roy Huggins observed in his videotaped Archive of American Television interview that the ratings for Kelly's episodes were always slightly higher during the first two seasons than Garner's.