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James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'
James Garner was the perfect fit in 'Rockford Files'

If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of "The Rockford Files." There was more to it, of course, before and after, on big screen and small. (You may remember him most fondly from "The Great Escape," "The Americanization of Emily," "Grand Prix," "Support Your Local Sheriff," "Murphy's Romance" or "Nichols," his little-seen early-modern TV western -- there are plenty of options, including a series of Polaroid commercials with Mariette Hartley.) But if that were all, it would be enough. With a...

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