Actor James Garner Found Dead at 86
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Actor James Garner Found Dead at 86

By Genevieve Burgess | Trade News | July 20, 2014 | Comments ()


Actor James Garner, best known for his portrayals of Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, was found dead in his home on Saturday night. Garner was 86 years old. The LAPD have stated that he died of “natural causes” though more specific information is not currently available.

While his best known work was in the 70s and 80s, Garner was working up until 2010. His most recent credit is as the voice of Shazam in the DC Showcase series, though he also had a recurring role in 8 Simple Rules and provided the voice of Doron in Battle for Terra. He was also in 2004’s The Notebook.

In addition to his work in film and television, Garner also served in the Korean War and was awarded two purple hearts for injuries sustained while serving there. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Clarke, and their two daughters, Kim Clarke and Greta Garner.

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  • ZbornakSyndrome

    A man that could excel at comedy and drama, truly a wonderful talent and I've heard a lovely man in person as well.

  • Siege

    I read his biography this year, and he was not just as great as he seemed, but was very active in civil rights causes, as well as worker's rights in the film industry. I highly recommend the book, it's a great read and his voice comes through exactly as you'd imagine it.

  • NateMan

    I always loved James Garner. Always pleasant whenever I saw an interview with him, and a fantasticactor. RIP big guy.

  • kirbyjay

    The Great Escape is in my top 5 favorite movies. JG was so cool in that. Also loved Murphy's Romance, I think his only Oscar nod.
    I doubt there is anyone in Hollywood who ever had a bad thing to say about him. Imagine working in Tinseltown for 60 years and still retaining your humanity. The man needs another medal to go with his Purple Hearts.

  • Tecuya

    I grew up watching his movies with Doris Day on television. He gave the impression of just an all-around good guy.

  • mzblackwidow

    loved this man - Rockford Files was a highlight of my weeks, Great Escape, Maverick - RIP xx

  • Aaron Schulz

    Thats a shame, 2 greats in a week. RIP

  • Bananapanda

    The original Maverick too

  • AvaLehra

    Victor Victoria for evah! RIP.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, yes, indeed. Peeking all up in ever'body's bidness.

  • Dulce et Banana

    I'd forgotten - I am a BAD gay.

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  • Dulce et Banana

    He also appeared opposite Doris Day in a couple of proto-romcoms in the 60's. (The Thrill of it All & Move Over, Darling). He had the good looks and comic timing called for in spades but I'm betting he preferred something with a little less fluff.

    Edit: Move Over Darling is on Netflix US - A little Sunday afternoon comedy for me, I think.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Move Over Darling was one of my favorites as a kid.

  • Miss Kate

    I love that movie! The Thrill of it All is pretty fun, too.

  • Dulce et Banana

    It is delightful if a little dated gender-wise.

  • emmalita

    Perfect! Watching it now.

  • Dulce et Banana

    I love the "everyone in front of a cranky judge" trope.

    "Isn't it time somebody started kissing somebody around here?"


  • emmalita

    An absolute delight of outdated gender roles and James Garner. Thanks for letting me know it was on Netflix. (The comment was for me, of course).

  • Dulce et Banana

    You are most welcome. I made it a double feature by digging out Victor/Victoria! R won't be happy with me singing Le Jazz Hot for the next few days but... tough.

    I just wish they'd cut the "peeping at Julie" scene, it makes "I don't care if you ARE a man" false.

  • emmalita

    Now I have to find Victor/Victoria

  • Kathleen Allen

    He was also a great stunt driver, one of the best. I always thought he and Bruce Campbell should have done something together. That would have been gold!

  • $113152758

    R.I.P. (but Marlowe was a terrible movie G.B.).

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  • Emran Huq

    RIP, Mr. James Garner.

  • emmalita

    James Garner as Jim Rockford was one of my first crushes. R.I.P.

  • pthalio

    Mine too...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    He was pretty good, wasn't he?

  • emmalita

    He is the standard by which I judge all other TV detectives and rascals.

  • trishy4301

    My condolences to his family. Now I need to rewatch "Support Your Local Sheriff." If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor today. R.I.P. Mr. Garner.

  • Batesian

    Heck, go watch pretty much everything he was in. Garner was the best.

  • jthomas666

    And the followup, "Support Your Local Gunfighter". But more than that, go watch "The Americanization of Emily."

  • Zen

    I love The Great Escape - it bums me out that he's remembered for The Notebook rather than that. RIP, sir.

  • Cheetahdriver

    Any actor who can hold his own next to Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence et al is unquestionably "great". However, for the guy who can steal the scene out from under some of these...

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    He's made so many wonderful movies, I remember The Great Escape and Victor/Victoria as the standouts.

  • Kane Leal

    Always loved this man's work.

  • John W


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