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James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' dies

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:59:58 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2014 07:02:49 AM CDT
James Garner

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Movie and television star James Garner has died, police told The Assoicated Press. He was 86.

Garner is best known as the star of the 1970s television show "The Rockford Files," although he acted in many movies, including "The Notebook.”
According to TMZ.com, police say an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8 p.m. Saturday and he was dead when they arrived. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Garner first came to fame in 1957 as the star of the TV western “Maverick,” playing Bret Maverick. He left the show in 1960 and took roles in movies through the 1960s and early 70s. In 1974, he took the role of Jim Rockford on the TV detective show “The Rockford Files,” winning an Emmy in 1977. He left the show in a dispute over distribution of profits and the show ended in 1980.

He appeared in several movies during the 1980s and 90s, including “Murphy’s Romance” in 1985 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1993, Garner was lauded for his performance in the TV movie “Barbarians at the Gate.” In 1994, he performed opposite Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the movie adaptation of “Maverick.” He appeared in “Space Cowboys” in 2000 and “The Notebook” in 2004.

Garner is survived by his wife, Lois, to whom he was married since 1956; daughter Greta “Gigi” Garner; and an adopted daughter, Kimberly, from his wife's first marriage, according to Variety.