James Garner has died. The former The Rockford Files star was eighty six years old. His career spanned for six decades and he had been featured in over fifty films. On July 19, 2014 he passed away at his Los Angeles home, cause of death is not known yet. He also played the role as the original gambling Bret Maverick in Fifties comedy Western Maverick.
Born in Oklahoma in 1928, he changed his name to Garner from Bumgarner after a Hollywood studio credited him as “James Garner” without his consent. He started acting by playing small parts in television series Cheyenne and soon went on to assume the role of Marlon Brando’s friend in 1957 film Sayonara.
He also starred in The Children’s Hour, The Great Escape, The Thrill Of It All, Murphy’s Romance, Space Cowboys and The Notebook.
He leaves behind his Lois Clarke, whom he married just fourteen days after meeting, and his two children, Gigi and Kimberly, Clarke’s daughter from her first marriage.