'Maverick' & 'The Notebook' Star James Garner Passes Away at 86
by Ethan Anderton
July 20, 2014
After nearly 60 years on the flickering box and the big screen, Time reports actor James Garner has passed away. The iconic star of the TV series "Maverick," who also appeared in the feature film adaptation of the same name starring Mel Gibson, died Saturday night. A cause of death is unknown, but at 86 years old, anything could have happened. After all, the actor hadn't been seen on the big screen since 2007, and his most recent work was lending his voice to a DC Comics animated short in 2010. But the reason we all know Garner today is for his stellar career that took off in the 1950s with the aforementioned western series.
Garner also found great fame as the star of the 70s crime drama "The Rockford Files," and his work on the series actually resulted in him winning an Emmy in 1977. Other TV work saw him in the series "Nichols" and a revival of his star-making turn in "Bret Maverick" in the 80s. More recent TV ventures included a recurring role on the comedy series "8 Simple Rules," guest starring on "Chicago Hope," and a voice role in the short-lived but hilarious "God, the Devil and Bob." And while he's known very well for his TV work, Garner also found great success on the big screen.
Aside from his turn in the big screen version of Maverick, Garner also starred alongside Audry Hepburn in The Children's Hour, Doris Day in The Thrill of It All and Natalie Wood in Cash McCall, proving he was quite the leading man. Other notable roles include parts in the classic The Great Escape, Hour of the Gun, Victor Victoria, Fire in the Sky, The Distinguished Gentleman, The Fan, Grand Prix, The Notebook and his Oscar nominated turn in Murphy's Romance. In addition, some of my personal favorites include Space Cowboys and My Fellow Americans. Garner was truly a legendary talent in film and television, and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.