DEAD: ON THIS DATE
James Garner (aged 86)
James Garner (born James Scott Bumgarner; April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American actor, producer, and voice artist. He starred in several television series over more than five decades, including such popular roles as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western series Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files, and played leading roles in more than 50 theatrical films, including The Great Escape(1963) with Steve McQueen, Paddy Chayefsky’s The Americanization of Emily (1964), Grand Prix (1966), Blake Edwards’ Victor/Victoria (1982), Murphy’s Romance (1985), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Space Cowboys (2000) with Clint Eastwood, and The Notebook (2004).
DEATH: Garner was a private and introverted man, according to family and friends, and on Saturday evening, July 19, 2014, police and rescue personnel were summoned to Garner’s Los Angeles-area home, where they found the actor dead at the age of 86. He had suffered a massive heart attack caused by coronary artery disease. He had been in poor health since a severe stroke in 2008.