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James Garner, 86, dies at home in California

Actor James Garner dies at age 86
Actor James Garner dies at age 86
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James Garner died at his home in California according to reports about his death, which occurred on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

According to details found online at Jacksonville.com and shared from the The Florida Times Union, James Garner died of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, California.

Some fans of James Garner may recall Garner was in several television shows, including "Maverick" during the '50s and "The Rockford Files" during the '70s. More recently Garner played in "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" as the grandfather.

Some fans may not realize that James Garner fought in the Korean War where he was wounded twice and earned two purple hearts.

Garner's mother died when he was five and he later shared with fans that a step-mother was physically abusive and he left home at the age of just 14 because of the abuse. This writer heard an interview with James Garner where he stated his brothers were not abused, but his step-mother abused him daily.

Details about James Garner are available online and in his book-The Garner Files: A Memoir.

James Garner married his wife, Lois Clarke, in 1956 and they raised two daughters, Kim, who is from Lois Clarke's previous marriage and Greta, nicknamed GiGi, who was born to the couple after their marriage. Garner is survived by his wife and daughters.

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