James Garner was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 86-years old and best known for his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”
Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez told the Associated Press early Sunday that police responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner’s identity from family members.
There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.
Garner built a six-decade career playing charming anti-heroes and received the highest honour of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004.
An Oklahoma native, he entered acting in the 1950s after serving in the Korean War and first rose to fame from the TV series, Maverick.
After leaving the ABC show in 1960 due to a contact dispute with producers, he went on and scored his next big role. In the 1970s, James Garner played private detective Jim Rockford, a wrongly accused ex-convict starting over in a beachfront trailer home on The Rockford Files.
The show ran on NBC from 1974 until Garner quit in 1980. He reprised Rockford for several TV movies in the late 1990s.
The role earned Garner an Emmy Award in 1977. He also received an Oscar nomination for his work in the 1985 comedy Murphy’s Romance.
Throughout his film career, Garner demonstrated his versatility in comedies (“The Art of Love,” “A Man Could Get Killed,” “Skin Game”), suspense (“36 Hours,” “They Only Kill Their Masters,” “Marlowe”), and Westerns (“Duel at Diablo,” “Hour of the Gun,” “Support Your Local Gunfighter”).
His favorite film, though, was a 1964 war drama “The Americanization of Emily,” which co-starred Julie Andrews.
In 1957, Garner married TV actress Lois Clarke, who survives him. She had a daughter Kimberly from a previous marriage, and the Garners had another daughter, Gretta Scott.
Legendary Actor James Garner Dies
Legendary actor James Garner, the wisecracking star of TV’s “Maverick” who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86. Garner was found dead of natural causes at his Los Angeles home Saturday evening.
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