Updated: 3/27/2017 3:00:39 AM
Of all his films, The Americanization of Emily (1964) was his favorite.
Before he was a very successful actor, he had 75 different jobs including everything from pumping gas to modeling men's clothing.
Maverick ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret Maverick, an adroitly articulate cardsharp. Garner worked in a variety of jobs and received 2 Purple Hearts when he was wounded twice during the Korean War.
Colbert had appeared on the show previously as Cherokee Dan Evans in the season four episode, Hadley's Hunters, wearing an identical black hat on the back of his head just as Garner had.
Garner's seemingly effortless flair for delivering humorous dialogue and delivering straight dialogue humorously made him one of television's biggest stars.
Although Garner was a lifelong liberal Democrat, his oldest friend was a conservative Republican.
The episode Escape to Tampico used the old set of Rick's Cafe American from Casablanca for La Cantina Americana, and contains many allusions to the film.
Colbert was introduced as Brent in the season four episode The Forbidden City.
The new series involved Bret Maverick settling down in a small town in Arizona after winning a saloon in a poker game. Instead of a secretary, Rockford had an answering machine, and instead of an office, he worked out of his home, a battered trailer by the beach.
He helped organize the Hollywood contingent of Martin Luther King's famous March on Washington civil rights demonstration. At Norman High School, he played football, basketball, golf, and competed in track.