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TV and film Icon, James Garner dies at age 86

James Garner as Bret Maverick.
Warner Brothers Television - public domain

The iconic TV and film star, James Garner, who was noted for TV roles as "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files," and the film, "The Notebook," was found dead in his Los Angeles home on Sunday. According to reports from TMZ The cause of death is not yet known. Mr. Garner was 86.

Anyone that has watched TV and movies for the last five decades, knows who James Garner is. In 1977 he was an Emmy Award winner for his portrayal of Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files," and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in "Murphy's Romance" (1985) and was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in "The Notebook" (2004).

Garner health problems started in the 1970s when he had numerous surgeries for knee problems, and finally had both knees replaced in 2000. He had quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1988 and underwent surgery in 2008, following a minor stroke.

Garner and his wife, Lois, who survives him, have proven that marriages can last in Hollywood. They have been married since 1956; a true Notebook type marriage. They have a birth daughter, Greta and a daughter, Kimberly, from a previous marriage by Lois. Mr. Garner will missed by his friends, family and fans.

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