In sad news to anyone who was touched by his decades long career, James Garner has died at age 86. According to the New York Times, Garner was found dead at his home in California on Saturday night. As TMZ reports, Garner passed away of natural causes. The legendary actor had roles in over 50 films and numerous television shows during his 50-plus year career which began in 1956. Garner is best known for his lead role on the TV show Maverick during the late 1950s and early '60s, as well as for his role on The Rockford Files in the 1970s. Garner's film credits include The Great Escape (1963), Victor Victoria (1982), and, more recently, 2004's The Notebook.
Garner was honored for his contributions to the entertainment world many times during his life. He was inducted to the Television Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 2006 received the Screen Actors Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won three Golden Globes during his career (for Most Promising Newcomer in 1957 and the TV movies Decoration Day in 1990 and Barbarians at the Gate in 1994), two Emmys (for The Rockford Files in 1977 and Promise in 1986), and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Murphy's Romance (1986).
Garner leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Lois Clarke, and two daughters Kim and Gigi.
Our condolences go out to Garner's friends and family at this unfortunate time.