Besides being a low-key, jovial and talented actor, James Garner (who died this weekend, if you haven't heard) was also a life-long staunch Democrat who walked the walk, and talked the talk. Here he is at the 1963 March on Washington...

  • via Inquisitr

SWOON!!! A bit more on that from the Inquisitr:

On August 28, 1963, Garner was photographed by the New York Daily News walking hand-in-hand with black actress Diahann Carroll during the March on Washington — a peaceful demonstration that was a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement. At the time, the very act of a white man holding hands with a black woman would have been outrageous. But that did not matter to James Garner; throughout his career, he stuck to his strongly democratic principles, even incorporating his beliefs into his acting career.

However, he apparently knew his personal boundaries when it came to politics:

He was again approached about running for office, this time for Governor of California in 1990, and again turned the opportunity down.

“There’s one difference between me and [Schwarzenegger and Reagan]: I know I’m not qualified.”

Ha! And SWOOON!! And I would be remiss if I didn't post the awesome theme from his most awesome TV series, The Rockford Files... because... JAMES GARNER! SWOOOOON!!