James Garner: Remembering the Prolific Leading Man

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Accomplished actor of the big and small screens James Garner passed away on Saturday night at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 86. The actor best known for his roles on the 1950s Western television series Maverick and the 1970s detective show The Rockford Files died of natural causes, his publicist told The New York Times.

Condolences have been flooding in from the many actors who worked Garner over the course of his 50-year career in Hollywood. “My heart just broke,” Sally Field told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner.” Others shared their memories via Twitter.

Garner was nominated for an Academy Award for his role opposite Sally Fields in the 1985 romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance and won an Emmy in 1974 for his role as the tough-but-funny detective Jim Rockford. Garner was from the Hollywood stock that lived to work, playing a huge variety of roles across movies and television.