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Updated: 3/27/2017 2:25:57 AM

Through much of the 1980s, James Garner and Lindsay Wagner were considered the king or queen, respectively, of quality television movies and miniseries of that period. Garner blazed a trail, said Clint Eastwood, who played a heavy in a Maverick episode before landing his own TV series, Rawhide, in 1959.



Updated: 3/24/2017

James Garner was born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, to Mildred Scott (Meek) and Weldon Warren Bumgarner, a carpet layer.



Updated: 3/24/2017

He has a street named after him in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma, James Garner Avenue.



Updated: 3/23/2017

Replaced John Ritter early in the second season of 8 Simple Rules (2002), when Ritter pre-maturely passed away in 2003, while in series production.



Updated: 3/23/2017

The Mavericks were poker players from Texas who traveled all over the American Old West and on Mississippi riverboats, constantly getting into and out of life-threatening trouble of one sort or another, usually involving money, women, or both.



Updated: 3/22/2017

Upon his death, he was cremated at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California, and his ashes were given to his family.



Updated: 3/21/2017

The studio had intended for Kelly, Moore, and Colbert to be on the series at the same time.



Updated: 3/21/2017

After 11 years off the small screen, Garner returned to television in a role not unlike that in Support Your Local Sheriff.



Updated: 3/20/2017

For the fifth season in 1961-1962, the studio dropped Colbert by simply not calling him back. During the first two seasons, with Huggins at the helm, writers were instructed to write every script while visualizing Garner playing the part.



Updated: 3/19/2017

Bret Maverick is the epitome of a poker-playing rounder, always seeking out high-stakes games and rarely remaining in one place for long. In order to fit in the cars, the seats had to be removed and Garner sat on the frame with just a towel or a mat protecting his posterior.





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