James Garner Dead at 86

Found dead of natural causes in his California home last night

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 20, 2014 5:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – James Garner, the actor best known for his laconic parts in Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died at age 86, reports the AP, citing Los Angeles police. He was found dead at his home in Brentwood last night around 8pm. "Mr Garner died of natural causes," say police, who the BBC notes have already released his body to family; Garner had been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2008. Garner was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1985's Murphy's Romance and won three Golden Globes over the course of his career.

James Garner poses during an interview in New York in this June 2, 1989 file photo.
James Garner poses during an interview in New York in this June 2, 1989 file photo.   (AP Photo/Wyatt Counts, File)
In this Feb.  5, 2005 file photo, James Garner, arrives for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
In this Feb. 5, 2005 file photo, James Garner, arrives for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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