James Garner Dies; Veteran Actor Was 86

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Amiable and acclaimed actor James Garner of The Rockford Files and Maverick fame has died at the age of 86, according to multiple news reports.

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Law enforcement sources reported that an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8 p.m. Saturday evening.

He was dead when they arrived. No immediate cause of death was available.

A man who cut a dashing figure but also brought a sly sense of humor, Garner played private investigator Jim Rockford from 1974-80 on The Rockford Files.

He was already known as gun-slinging Bret Maverick from 1957-60.

In many respects, Garner was unusual for being very successful in both film and television. He starred in more than 50 films over his impressive career.

He starred in The Great Escape (1963), The Americanization of Emily (1964), Victor Victoria (1982) and was nominated for an Oscar in Murphy's Romance (1985).

In addition to those and countless other TV and movie roles, also appeared in The Notebook (2004) as the older version of Ryan Goslingā€˜s Duke.


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