When I was a pre-schooler, he was Bret Maverick. When I was in college, he was Jim Rockford. In the 1980s, he was a pharmacist named Murphy. All through the 1990s and early 2000s he continued to appear in the movies and on TV. Actor James Garner died Sunday at the age of 86 and even though I never met him, I feel like I knew him well.