The show was then put on hiatus for one month, and a new direction was taken. Ritter’s character, Paul Hennessy, collapsed and died from a heart problem — which somewhat mirrored the way that John died in real-life. The crew added Garner to the cast to play Katey Sagal’s father, Jim Egan — the loving and protective grandfather, Korean War veteran, and divorcee that tried to hide his tobacco addiction from the rest of his family.
Garner played Jim Egan, father of Katey Sagal's Kate Hennessy, who came to live with his daughter and family as they recovered from the loss of their father.
Garner remained with the show through to its cancellation in 2005.
Cate Hennessey's father (James Garner of "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files fame) joined the cast along with her nephew C. (David Spade of "Saturday Night Live" and "Just Shoot Me"). Paul Hennessy (2002-2003) Katey Sagal .............. Please don't take this as an insult, but you and all of your friends are complete idiots.
Somehow, the cast did a wonderful job of combining the necessary dramatic theme due to Paul Hennessey's death with a continuing positive outlook about "going on" which allowed the series to remain a comedy success. Still, I want to be fair and open minded about this issue, so I propose this compromise: You may come to the door with your underwear showing and your pants ten sizes too big, and I will not object.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.
The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.
James Garner is survived by his wife, Lois Clarke, whom he married in 1956, his daughter Greta "Gigi" Garner, and an adopted daughter, Kimberly, from Clarke's first marriage.
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Kaley Cuoco paid tribute to James Garner after he died with an emotional tweet.