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James Garner dead at 86: Oscar nominee's movies included 'Murphy's Romance'

James Garner
James Garner
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On July 19, 2014, James Garner died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press. He was 86. Garner had a long and respected career in TV and movies. His best-known TV series were "Maverick" (which was on the air from 1957 to 1962) and "The Rockford Files" (which was on the air from 1974 to 1980).

Garner (no relation to actress Jennifer Garner) received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the 1985 movie "Murphy's Romance," which co-starred Sally Field. His other movies included 2004's "The Notebook," 2002's "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" and 1994's "Maverick."

Among his numerous accolades were a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild; three Golden Globe Awards (for 1993's "Barbarians at the Gate" an
1990's "Decoration Day" and Most Promising Newcomer in 1958); and an Emmy Award for executive producing the 1990 TV-movie "Promise."

Garner is survived by his wife, Lois Clarke (whom he married in 1957); their daughter Gretta Scott; and Garner's stepdaughter Kimberly, who is from Clarke's previous marriage.

Here is a list of reactions from celebrities who worked with Garner:

Sally Field: "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond."

Marlee Matlin: "Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford" — , who appeared with Garner in the 1997 TV film "Dead Silence" (Twitter)

Tom Selleck: "Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him." — Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner's series "The Rockford Files."

Gary Sinise: "R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man."