Hollywood came out in force to mourn the loss of movie and TV great James Garner on Sunday, sharing their personal recollections and thoughts on the passing of the Oscar-nominated (and Emmy-winning) star at the age of 86. Check out a sampling below, then share your own fond memories of Garner and his work in the comments.
"My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond."
No one was ever a bigger star for a longer time in both TV and movies. And a very sweet man, too. RIP #JamesGarner— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) July 20, 2014
RIP #JamesGarner The Great Escape is in my top 10— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) July 20, 2014
Aw man...Legend #JamesGarner has died. This makes me sad. What a long, wonderful life. Rest in peace.— emma caulfield (@emmacaulfield) July 20, 2014
R.I.P James Garner.Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods. http://t.co/YoRLWM95wz— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 20, 2014
So sad to hear that James Garner has gone. A real part of my childhood Rockford and the Maverick especially— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 20, 2014
Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford. XX pic.twitter.com/WUHJ2ic59z— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) July 20, 2014
Farewell James Garner. Rest in peace.— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) July 20, 2014
R.I.P. The Maverick. James Garner. He should have won an Oscar for Americanization of Emily.— Illeana Douglas (@Illeanarama) July 20, 2014
Gale Ann Hurd:
RIP James Garner. Great life and career.. Still, gone too soon.— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) July 20, 2014
James Garner. RIP. I grew up on 'The Rockford Files.' Never a bad performance. He made it easy and it never is.— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) July 20, 2014
Tip of the hat to James Garner. Charm, humor, but most of all - class. pic.twitter.com/wdLWcxYHUI— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner— Kevin Zegers (@KevinZegers) July 20, 2014
Melissa Joan Hart:
RIP James Garner! http://t.co/76xynmUto3— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) July 20, 2014
James Garner. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/1g8Yy4nxFa— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner AKA The Scrounger. If you haven't seen The Great Escape, today's the day to see it. It's maybe the best movie ever.— Carter Bays (@CarterBays) July 20, 2014
James Garner was cool because he never tried to be cool. RIP. http://t.co/RSOwuD4sDu— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) July 20, 2014
"Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him."
(Two-time Indy 500 winner) Parnell Jones:
"Garner was "a hell of a driver. He truly was a 'man's man.' Jim was a friend, and when he came to Indianapolis as a spectator and pace car driver we obviously welcomed him with open arms."