The groundbreaking western TV series "Maverick" featured Garner as a professional gambler, an extremely dangerous way to earn a living because Bret Maverick never knew who he would run into at the card table. It could be a jealous husband or a sore loser. Although he was successful at what he did it required nerves of steel. As the series progressed other members of the Maverick family became prominent in the series, Jack Kelly (Bart Maverick) and Roger Moore (Beau Maverick) from
England. This was a family of benevolent card sharks.
In the later series "The Rockford Files" Garner is a private investigator who uses unconventional methods to get the job done. A frequent guest star on this show was Isaac Hayes.
James Garner was an Oklahoma native who was a staunch supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and the civil rights movement. He gave of his time and money to support this cause. He is survived by his wife of sixty eight years, Lois Clark and two sons.