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    RIP James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86




    James Garner had huge success with long-running TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick





    James Garner, the US star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick and films including The Great Escape, has died aged 86.
    Garner had suffered ill health since a severe stroke in 2008.
    "Mr Garner died of natural causes," the West LA Division of the Los Angeles Police Department told the BBC, adding they had two officers at the scene.
    His body has been released to his family by a doctor, the police spokesman said.
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    Watch James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford in a scene from the hit 70s US TV show, The Rockford Files

    Garner's greatest successes were as laconic private investigator Jim Rockford [1974 to 1980] and also as the poker-playing Bret Maverick in the Western comedy from 1957 to 1962, and again from 1981 to 1982.
    The actor was also Oscar-nominated for best actor in 1986 for the romantic comedy Murphy's Romance, in which he played a small town pharmacist.
    He starred alongside Doris Day in the 1963 screwball comedy Move over Darling and with Julie Andrews in gender-bending comedy Victor Victoria in 1982.
    He won an Emmy in 1977 for The Rockford Files and was given a Screen Actor's Guild lifetime achievement award in 2005.
    In 1963's iconic World War Two film The Great Escape, Garner played flight lieutenant Robert Hendley, an American in the RAF, alongside Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and Donald Pleasence.




    Garner [R] was in The Great Escape with Gordon Jackson, Donald Pleasance and Richard Attenborough

    The film depicted the daring escape by prisoners of war from the German Stalag Luft III camp through a 336ft (102m) long tunnel. Only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.
    Hendley's role in the film was as the "scrounger" who managed to get hold of identity cards, clothes and a camera.
    In [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], he told Charlie Rose: "John [Sturgess, Great Escape's director] always in his movies had a plan. He took all these different characters and he took them all in one direction.
    "John was a great director and editor and he got the most out of his actors and I don't know how he did that, I think it was just pat on the back and that sort of thing."


    This photo of Garner as Maverick was taken in 1982

    He also admitted that he was "always nervous" when acting, adding: "Keeps me on my toes. I've never been that confident, I don't have the background in acting.
    "Some people do, they went to all these classes," he said, explaining that he had initially felt "inferior" to more experienced actors, but that this quickly changed once he worked with them.
    "A lot of people say you have to have this foundation, you have to have all the great teachers and all the great theory. I don't think so.
    "When I was 25 when I first started acting I'd been around the world a little bit. I'd travelled in a lot of different societies. I felt I knew as much as any of these actors who'd been to acting school."


    Garner received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild in 2005

    Garner's career as an actor began after he won a role in the 1956 film Towards the Unknown, about a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base in the 1950s, when supersonic flight was in its infancy.
    He was also uncredited as Bret Maverick in a 1957 episode of the TV series Sugarfoot, about a civil war adventurer who lacks cowboy skills but roams the West in search of adventure.
    But in the same year, Garner secured the lead role in the TV series Maverick, which ran until 1962.
    He starred as one of two poker-playing brothers, alongside Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, who travelled from town to town trying to make money while avoiding any form of manual labour.
    Garner was also nominated for nine Golden Globes for shows including The Rockford Files in 1980 and Maverick in 1982, having won in 1958 for most promising newcomer.
    He also won a further two for TV series Decoration Day [1991] and Barbarians at the Gate [1994].

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    Default Re: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    Great actor RIP, used to love the Rockford files when I was growing up never forgot the gold Firebird he used to drive in it. He's had a good innings at 86.
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    Default Re: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    Legend, R.I.P.

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    Default Re: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    Top 70's theme tune as well...

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    Default Re: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    God Bless his soul

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    Default Re: James Garner, Rockford Files star, dies aged 86

    RIP was a great actor, as said above loved the Rockford files growing up.

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