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Legendary Actor

James Garner

Dead at 86

7/19/2014 11:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0719-james-garner-getty-01Legendary actor James Garner -- star of "The Rockford Files" and "The Notebook" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us an ambulance was dispatched to the actor's home in Los Angeles around 8PM Saturday evening ... and he was found dead when they arrived on scene.

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James died of natural causes.

Garner was one of the first actors to amass success in both television and film ... and he starred in a long list of classic films -- as well as a co-starring role in the '94 big screen version of "Maverick" starring Mel Gibson. Garner was the original Bret Maverick from 1957-1960 ... as well as the same character in a short lived '80s remake.

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Garner, who was 86 years old, also played the older version of Ryan Gosling's character in "The Notebook."





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LetsBeReAL    

Rip. Too young to really know him from anything but The Notebook but I LOVED that movie and loved him in that movie. Rest peacefully.

74 days ago
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jacksonorleans    

aww... I love that guy.. RIP Rockford

74 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

He was so young rip

74 days ago
4.

leslie    

RIP. He was a great actor. So sad to see this. Prayers go out to his friends and family.

74 days ago
5.

Mandy    

Rest In Peace, his contributions to the film industry will live on.

74 days ago
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RCM    

Loved him in Rockford Files as a cute campy show. Plus he did those great Polaroid commercials years ago.

74 days ago
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mrmr    

Aww. What a great legacy he has left for all of us and future generations!

74 days ago
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OMFG    

A class act! R.I.P.

74 days ago
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Caution    

As a youth, I was introduced to "The Rockford Files" by my parents and loved the show. Rest in peace Mr. Garner.

74 days ago
10.

Dee    

Oh...I hate to hear that. Rockford Files, Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter were my top 3 favorite

74 days ago
11.

SallySD    

RIP. I really liked his movies.

74 days ago
12.

asrdoyle    

WTF? It's ironic because the notebook today

74 days ago
13.

LCMB    

Old school through and through.

Rest in peace.

74 days ago
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Ozzie X    

How is 86 young?

74 days ago
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Cel405    

Such a wonderful actor. Loved him.

74 days ago
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