JAMES GARNER DIES AT 86
Oscar-nominated actor James Garner, who played the older Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, died at age 86 in his Los Angeles home Saturday.
According to TMZ, The Rockford Files star was already dead – of an unknown cause – when the ambulance arrived around 8PM.
three-time Golden Globe winner had reportedly underwent a quintuple
bypass heart surgery in 1988 and suffered a minor stroke in 2008.
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RIP: Oscar-nominated actor James Garner died at age 86 in his Los Angeles home Saturday
James was famous for playing gun-slinger Bret Maverick in the 1957 western TV series as well as the 1994 film version.
Garner also starred in The Great Escape in 1963, Victor Victoria in 1982, Murphy’s Romance in 1985, and Space Cowboys in 2000.
in Oklahoma as the youngest of three, the legendary actor was also a
serviceman for the Merchant Marines, the National Guard, and the Army
where he was awarded two purple hearts in Korea.
The acting veteran’s final screen role was opposite Abigail Breslin in the 2007 family drama The Ultimate Gift.
James is survived by his longtime wife Lois – whom he wed in 1956 – and their 56-year-old daughter Greta ‘Gigi’ Garner.
Another grand veteran (both on- and off-screen) gone. This rustles my heart a bit.
RIP Jim Rockford.
He should get a major tribute at the Emmys. RIP.
I read this news this morning and I felt very very sad. I adored this man’s decades long work in film and on the small screen. He had a “presence” that endeared us all.
RIP. Hope he’s listening to some great tunes by Johnny Winter right now.
Aww. I liked him in 8 Simple Rules. RIP!
One of my all-time favorite TV actors, in fact one of the five best ever on the small screen. If you’ve never watch “The Rockford Files,” “Maverick,” and some of his TV movies, check out some of the better installments. He seemed to be effortless, kind of the Gene Hackman of television.