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James Garner, star of 'Maverick' and 'The Notebook' dies at 86

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According to the Florida Times on Sunday, legendary actor James Garner was found at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening. According to police, an ambulance was dispatched to Garner's home at around 8 p.m. Garner was confirmed dead when paramedics arrived at his home. The cause of death was not immediately reported, but it is believed that Garner died of natural causes.

WDBJ also reported that just as he died at the end of "The Notebook," Garner has died in real life. Garner was an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He enjoyed multi-generational success on both the small and big screen. His television series spanned a career of more than five decades. These included his popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series, "Maverick," and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama, "The Rockford Files" where he did many of his own stunts.

The talented actor starred in more than fifty films, including "The Great Escape," Paddy Chayefsky's "The Americanization of Emily," "Grand Prix," Blake Edwards' "Victor Victoria," "Murphy's Romance," for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and "The Notebook" as recent as 2004.

Garner told once "People" magazine, "I'm a Spencer Tracy-type actor." According to Garner that simply meant being on time, knowing his words, hitting his marks and telling the truth. While some actors tried to look for the easy way out, Garner said his method was to put himself aside and do what the writer wrote. And that he did for many decades.

The legendary actor was also a longtime political activist. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and frequently donated to Democratic candidates and liberal causes.

Garner had one of Hollywood's longest-lasting marriages. He married Lois Clarke in 1956, after only a brief courtship. They were still married at the time of Garner's death, 58 years later. He is survived by his wife and their two daughters, Kim and Gigi.

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