Dan Aykroyd has added his tribute to late friend and co-star James Garner, branding him a "first class actor and man". The old pals teamed up with another movie great, the late Jack Lemmon, for 1996 adventure comedy My Fellow Americans and Aykroyd admits he will cherish the time he spent with The Rockford Files star, who died on Saturday (19Jul14).
Remembering Garner during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (21Jul14), the Ghostbusters star said, "What a classy guy. He was just the old school Hollywood. Gracious and generous...
"(He had) no pretensions at all. (I) got to work with him and Jack Lemmon in that picture My Fellow Americans, and James was just first class; (a) first class actor and man... He will be missed."
Moviemaker Ron Howard, singer/songwriter Carole King, actress Marlee Matlin and Garner's TV granddaughter Kaley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules were among the first celebrities to offer up their tributes after news of the 86 year old's death broke on Sunday (20Jul14).
Moviemaker Ron Howard, Carole King and Marlee Matlin have led the early tributes to TV and film veteran James Garner, who passed away on Saturday (19Jul14), aged 86. The Rockford Files star died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (19Jul14), and celebrities have flooded Twitter.com with their last respects.
Howard recalled the actor's role in 1966 movie Grand Prix, noting, "RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 (Formula One) said he had the talent to be a pro driver," while singer/songwriter King remembered working with Garner on the set of Murphy's Romance, adding, "He was one of the nicest people".
Matlin tweets, "Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford," and Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise, writes, "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", while Kaley Cuoco - Garner's TV granddaughter in 8 Simple Rules - adds, "I say this with a heavy broken heart. Was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. (love) u Grampa Jim (sic)."
Other tributes have come from singer LeAnn Rimes, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, former child star Haley Joel Osment, and Sally Field, who writes, "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." Field starred alongside Garner in Murphy's Romance, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
The Rockford Files star James Garner has died, aged 86. Emergency services were called to his Los Angeles home on Saturday evening (19Jul14) and the actor was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report by TMZ.com.
He died of natural causes, an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department told the Reuters news agency.
Garner is best known as detective Jim Rockford, the title character of crime series The Rockford Files. The series ran from 1974 to 1980 and he later reprised the role in the 1990s for several TV movies. He was nominated for his role at the Emmy Awards for five consecutive years and eventually won the accolade in 1977.
The actor is also famous for his leading role in western TV series Maverick, which began in the 1950s. He later co-starred with Mel Gibson in the 1994 big screen version.
He also appeared in 1963 movie classic The Great Escape, Grand Prix in 1966 and 1985's Murphy's Romance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. His last notable film credit was in romance drama The Notebook in 2004.
In 2008, Garner suffered a stroke and had worked little since.
Director Ron Howard was among the first to pay tribute, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "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."
Actress Marlee Matlin adds, "Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & co-star James Garner passed. RIP (rest in peace) sweet Jim Rockford."
Actress and TV producer Nancy Malone has died, aged 79. The star of 1960s TV drama Naked City died of pneumonia related to a battle with leukaemia on Thursday (08May14) at a hospital in Duarte, California.
She was Emmy nominated in 1963 for her work on the show and she won the TV prize in 1993 as one of the producers of TV special Bob Hope: The First 90 Years. She also earned two other nominations as a director.
Malone also co-founded the Women in Film nonprofit organisation, which is dedicated to helping women in entertainment and the media.
Women in Film bosses handed her their Crystal Award in 1977.
She also appeared in one of TV's first soap operas, The First Hundred Years, The Long Hot Summer, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The Partridge Family, Big Valley, The Rockford Files, The Andy Griffith Show, Hawaii Five-0 and The Twilight Zone.
As a producer, she oversaw TV movies including Sherlock Holmes in New York and The Violation of Sarah McDavid, and she directed episodes of Dynasty, Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Veteran entertainer Rita Moreno is returning to the small screen to co-star in a new sitcom co-created and executive produced by Amy Poehler. The 82 year old actress, who was feted with the Life Achievement trophy at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last month (Jan14), is set to co-star in a new comedy titled Old Soul, which is helmed by the Parks and Recreation actress.
The sitcom centres on a former wildchild played by Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne. Her character has a business which cares for senior citizens, and Moreno is slated to play one of Lyonne's main clients.
Moreno is no stranger to television - she has won two Emmys for her guest appearances on The Rockford Files and The Muppet Show, and most recently had a stint on Fran Drescher's series, Happily Divorced.
Actor Tony Musante has died, aged 77. The Oz star passed away on Tuesday (26Nov13) at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City after suffering complications following surgery.
Musante began his career on stage, and received a New York Drama Desk award nomination for his Broadway debut in a 1975 production of P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!, and he went on to star alongside Meryl Streep the following year (76) in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton.
His film career included a star turn opposite Martin Sheen in 1967 thriller The Incident, and 2007's We Own the Night with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg.
Musante also headed the cast of 1970s TV crime drama Toma and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his appearance in Medical Story. His other TV credits include playing Mafia boss Nino Schibetta in acclaimed prison drama Oz, as well as appearances in Maverick, The Rockford Files and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Actor Paul Jenkins has died at the age of 74. The star passed away on Monday (01Jul13) following a brief illness, reports Deadline.com. Further details of his death were unavailable at press time.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jenkins made his movie debut in Roman Polanski's 1968 thriller Rosemary's Baby.
He reteamed with the filmmaker for an appearance in his 1974 crime drama Chinatown, but it was in TV that he really found fame, scoring small roles in 1970s series like M*A*S*H, Columbo, The Partridge Family and Kojak.
However, he will perhaps be best remembered for his portrayal of Professor Parks on family drama The Waltons from 1974 to 1976, and as Ed on Dynasty in 1981.
His other TV credits include The Rockford Files and Starsky and Hutch, while he also appeared in more recent shows Ally McBeal, Party of Five, The West Wing and Cold Case.
Seth MacFarlane has made a career out of watching movies and telling jokes about them — the post-Fitzgerald American Dream. Through innumerable film and television references on Family Guy and the barrage of Flash Gordon gags in his feature debut Ted, MacFarlane has exhibited such an ingrained fixation on pop culture that his new position of Academy Awards host seems meant to be. The only questions involve what form his references will take, and which titles will play the targets.
In Oscars tradition, a host will generally keep his or her jabs directed primarily at the honored projects and individuals of the year, straying less frequently to the well of Hollywood classics or cult classics (as is MacFarlane's bread and butter). But the new promo for the 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony showcase's the multi-hyphenate thrusting himself full force into the embrace of age-old cinema, parodying Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
So does this mean that MacFarlane is staying true to his roots, and having a field day with properties throughout the industry's history? While the host should be encouraged to grab at his passions, it might actually be wise to contain the comedy's subject matter to a bit narrower of a spectrum: jokes about Psycho, Flash Gordon, Perfect Strangers, Kramer Vs. Kramer, The Rockford Files, and whatever else he has perpetually floating around in the ol' gag factory upstairs might work when applied to promos, movies, and cartoons, but could a hosting performance laden with century-spanning references just come across as all over the place?
But as far as the delivery of these jokes goes, we should be in for a treat. MacFarlane's go-to formula isn't one liners (though he's got plenty of those as well), it's bits and sketches. An Oscar night stuffed with creative skits pointed at whatever films or creative forces the host does decide to target should be a winner... especially if one or two of 'em are musical. And MacFarlane has no aversion to that sort of thing.
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Renella, whose gangster character was shot by Steve McQueen at the end of the classic 1968 movie, also appeared on The New Phil Silvers Show, Mannix and other TV series such as McCloud, Cannon, Police Woman and The Rockford Files.
He was also the TV face of Viceroy cigarettes.
The Wedding Crashers star will take on the character created by James Garner in a film he'll also produce, according to Deadline.com.
In the original, Garner played a wrongly-convicted Los Angeles private eye attempting to get his life back on track.
David Levien and Brian Koppelman, who teamed up to write the script for Ocean’s Thirteen, will pen the screenplay, according to the website.
The pilot to Garner's hit TV series that debuted in the fall of 1974 has the ex-con turned private eye investigating the death of a skid row bum after being convinced by the man's daughter that he was murdered. Santos and Margolin continued in the series in recurring roles, and Noah Beery was brought in to replace Robert Donley as Rockford's dad.