One of the more famous and well-known Raiders fans has passed today. Actor James Garner, most recognized for the title roles in television series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files" which spanned over five decades from the '50s to the '90s. He died today at the age of 86 of natural causes.
He was also regularly seen on the Raiders' sideline during games in those days. He was even featured in the NFL Films documentary series America's Game: The 1976 Oakland Raiders.
He had over 95 credits in films and Television spanning from 1956 to 2010. Film credits include leading roles in "The Great Escape" (1963), "Maverick" (1994), "Space Cowboys" (2000), "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001), and "The Notebook" (2004).
Here he is on the sideline with Raiders tight end, Todd Christensen:
The Raiders tweeted out this shot of Garner with John Matuszak
RIP James Garner. A great Raiders fan. pic.twitter.com/3o55E1cpLl— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) July 20, 2014
There's even a T-shirt commemorating him as a staple with the Raiders:
You know you want this James Garner/Raiders T-shirt. (You actually can buy it on eBay right now.) pic.twitter.com/R3HWliV93I— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) July 20, 2014
Rest in Peace, Mr Garner. You were a great actor. And for those of you who may be too young to know who he is, you should familiarize yourself. Few had longer and more distinguished acting careers.