James Garner, star of TV hits Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died at the age of 86.
Garner was born in Oklahoma with his two brothers. Following the death of his mother, his father remarried, to a woman whom he would grow to hate, and after a particularly heated fight, she left for good. After leaving home, Garner joined the United States Marine Merchant towards the end of World War 2. In his lifetime, he was also a part of the National Guard
His film career peaked in the 1960s, starring in classics such as Children’s Night Out, The Thrill of it All, and The Great Escape. But in the 1970s, the idea came to transform Maverick into modern crime detective series, and Garner would play the lead role Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. The show made him popular on television once again, and he won an Emmy award for his performance. However, he had to quit the show due to the physical toll it was taking on his body.
Since 2000, Garner has been known for films such as Space Cowboys, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and The Notebook (In which he played the elderly version of Ryan Gosling’s character). His last role was in 2010’s Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam, in which he voiced the comic book hero Shazam.
Garner’s cause of death has been reported as natural causes. He was a great talent and will be very missed.