Renowned actor James Garner, known for his roles in The Rockford Files and Maverick and The Notebook, died at the age of 86 on Saturday, July 19.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded at about 7:57 p.m. on Saturday night to an unspecified medical request at his address. After their investigation, it appears he died of natural causes.
Garner received an Emmy nomination for best actor in Maverick in 1959, and he won an Emmy for his role as Private Investigator Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files in 1977.
Garner was not just known for his roles in television. In the 1960s, he starred in The Children's Hour with Audrey Hepburn, The Thrill of It All with Shirley MacLaine, Move Over Darling with Doris Day, The Americanization of Emily with Julie Andrews, The Art of Love with Dick Van Dyke, The Great Escape with Steve McQueen and many more. He appeared in 21 films from 1961 through 1971.
More recently, Garner starred in Space Cowboys, The Notebook and The Ultimate Gift.
Garner underwent triple bypass surgery in 1988 and in 2008 he suffered a minor stroke. He leaves behind over 50 years of an acting legacy and is survived by his wife Lois and daughters Gigi and Kim.
After hearing the news, several celebrities tweeted in remembrance. See a few reactions below and click HERE for even more tweets.
I say this with a heavy broken heart.was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. ❤️ u Grampa Jim pic.twitter.com/twYRUG6w0B— Kaley Cuoco Sweeting (@KaleyCuoco) July 20, 2014
R.I.P James Garner.Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods. http://t.co/YoRLWM95wz— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 20, 2014
Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford. XX pic.twitter.com/WUHJ2ic59z— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) July 20, 2014
Ease into the week with a Sunday night viewing of "Victor/Victoria" - featuring the just dearly departed Legend James Garner. Rest in Peace— Haley Joel Osment (@HaleyJoelOsment) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 said he had the talent to be a pro driver— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 20, 2014