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"Rockford Files" Star James Garner Is Dead At 86

The star of film and TV was found dead at his home, according to reports.

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He was one of the first of TV's leading men to cross over into films in the '60s with such popular movies as "The Thrill of It All" and "The Americanization of Emily." But he had his greatest impact in television, first on "Maverick" in the '50s and then in the '70s on "The Rockford Files," for which he won an Emmy in 1977.

He won an Emmy for his acting in The Rockford Files in 1977.

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He was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in Murphy’s Romance.

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He starred in the 1994 big screen version of Maverick alongside Mel Gibson, and also played the older version of Ryan Gosling's character in The Notebook.

Variety reports: "Garner is survived by his wife, to whom he had been married since 1956; his daughter Greta; and an adopted daughter, Kimberly, from his wife's first marriage."

This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that some of the information was taken from Variety.

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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