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Legendary Actor, James Garner, Passes Away at Age 86

James Garner, legendary actor best known for his roles in The Rockford Files, Maverick and a slew of other movies, has passed away at his home over the weekend. He was 86 years old.

Garner passes away Saturday night in his Brentwood California home from natural causes according to coroner reports.

Garner rose to stardom in the 1950s television series “Maverick,” as the gun-slinging Bret Maverick. In a 1994 movie version of the show, Garner had a cameo role with Mel Gibson playing the title character.

Garner struck gold again on the small screen in the ’70s as Jim Rockford in the popular series “The Rockford Files.”

He also appeared in more than 50 movies, including “The Great Escape” in 1963, Paddy Chayefsky’s “The Americanization of Emily” in 1964, Blake Edwards’ “Victor Victoria” in 1982 and Murphy’s Romance in 1985, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

The veteran actor gained a new generation of fans for his role in the 2004 Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams hit romantic drama “The Notebook,” as the older version of Gosling’s Duke.

As news of the beloved star’s death emerged, Hollywood expressed its sadness on Twitter.

And who can forget the comedy “My Fellow Americans” and perhaps my favorite Garner movie “Tank”?

R.I.P. Maverick.

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