If you’ve thought postings here have been a bit light of late, it’s because I have been working on a rather exciting but time-consuming project: an interview with James Garner, the star of The Rockford Files and Maverick, and the author (with Jon Winokur) of a new memoir, The Garner Files. That book is officially due out next week, but my interview will appear in two parts on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, I’m embedding below two video clips from Garner’s work. The first is one of my favorite scenes from the 1974 Rockford pilot film, also featuring William Smith (as tough guy Jerry Grimes) and Garner’s elder brother, Jack (as the guy who comes in after the fight hoping to use the restroom).
The second one comes from the 1981 introductory episode of Bret Maverick. In this scene, Tom Guthrie (Ed Bruce), the sheriff of Sweetwater, Arizona, disarms participants in a high-stakes poker game--the notoriously well-outfitted Maverick (Garner) among them.