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Star of the Rockford Files James Garner dies aged 86

Steve Gorman

Published 20/07/2014 | 11:50

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Actor James Garner, the wisecracking star of Maverick who enjoyed a long career on the small and big screen, has died aged 86.

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He was found dead of natural causes at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, last night, police officer Alonzo Iniquez said.

Actor James Garner smiles with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in this February 5, 2005 file photo
Actor James Garner smiles with his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in this February 5, 2005 file photo

Officers responded to a call at around 8pm local time and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Mr Iniquez added.

There was no immediate word on a specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Actor James Garner holds out his arms at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in this February 5, 2005 file photo
Actor James Garner holds out his arms at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles in this February 5, 2005 file photo

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his witty, low-key style, especially in Maverick and The Rockford Files.

He was nominated for an Oscar for the 1985 movie Murphy's Romance, and remained active well into his 70s.

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