Updated: 3/27/2017 2:29:12 AM
In 2008, he was planning to come out of retirement from on camera roles when he was cast in NCIS (2003), but having a stroke soon after being cast, prevented him from doing it.
The series had finished at #6 in the Nielsen ratings in the 1958-1959 season, then fell to #19 in 1959-1960 and out of the top 30 during its last two seasons.
Moore was exactly the same age as Kelly and brought a flair for light comedy and a physical similarity to Garner fitting the show.
Before he was a very successful actor, he had 75 different jobs including everything from pumping gas to modeling men's clothing.
Jack Kelly appeared as Bret's brother Bart in only one episode but was slated to return as a series regular for the following season.
Colbert was introduced as Brent in the season four episode The Forbidden City.
In the four years (1985-89), he was the television and radio commercial spokesman for Mazda cars, he was reportedly paid $1 million per year, plus one Mazda vehicle of his choice per year.
Turning his attention to movies, Garner formed his own company, Cherokee Productions. 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.
Early in his career, he appeared as one of the judges in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway.
Ten days after his passing, numerous news sources reported that the Los Angeles County Coroner listed acute myocardial infarction (massive heart attack) as the official cause of his death.