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Longtime actor James Garner dead at 86

Actor James Garner

Fans and fellow actors are mourning the death of long time actor James Garner. The 86-year old actor died apparently of natural causes Saturday at 8 p.m. in his Los Angeles home according to TMZ who first reported it.

Garner has a long TV and film career lasting more than five decades. He is best known for his roles in television, first on the show “Maverick” in the 1950s and then in the 1970s on “The Rockford Files,” for which he won an Emmy. He crossed over into movies, appearing later in films such as “Victor Victoria” and “Murphy’s Romance,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar. In his career he won two Emmys and was nominated a total of 15 times. He also won the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award in 2005.

His early film career included classics such as "The Great Escape", "Marlowe", and "Support Your Local Sheriff!"

Many remember him as Bret Maverick in the Western comedy TV series, "Maverick." But the younger generation of film goers know him for his roles in the movies, “Space Cowboys,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “The Notebook."

Garner was in the Marines, the Army and the National Guard and he received two purple hearts in Korea. He reportedly had quadruple bypass heart surgery in 1988. In 2000 he reportedly had knee surgery on both knees and then in 2008 he suffered a minor stroke.

Garner is survived by his wife Lois, who he had been married to since 1956. He is also survived by his daughter Greta “Gigi” Garner; and an adopted daughter, Kimberly.

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