Award-winning TV and movie actor James Garner died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles; he was 86.
Garner — most famous for his roles in 1950s western drama “Maverick,” in addition to his role as a private investigator in “The Rockford Files” — was also well-known for many movies, including “The Great Escape” (1963) and the Oscar-nominated “Murphy’s Romance” (1985).
“The actor’s long success on television, usually as a droll and reluctant hero, was how he was chiefly remembered despite acclaimed performances in movies,” The Post’s Adam Bernstein wrote in an obituary. (Read the full obit here.)
Garner was also known to later generations as he starred in movies such as “The Notebook,” along with the ABC sitcom “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” in 2002.
Many people across the news and entertainment industry paid tribute over the weekend:
RIP James Garner, show here w Newman, Carroll, Brando & Baldwin at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 8/28/63 pic.twitter.com/PklvtXbATC
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 20, 2014
“The Great Escape” is the greatest guy movie ever made! James Garner as the “scrounger” was perfect! A real man’s man and a helluva an actor — Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 20, 2014
So sad to hear that James Garner has gone. A real part of my childhood Rockford and the Maverick especially — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) 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
RIP James Garner AKA The Scrounger. If you haven’t seen The Great Escape, today’s the day to see it. It’s maybe the best movie ever. — Carter Bays (@CarterBays) July 20, 2014
In tribute to the great James Garner I will try and pull a Rockford in my Prius today. — edgarwright (@edgarwright) 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
RATS! James Garner. RATS. — Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) July 20, 2014
Norm MacDonald, meanwhile, tweeted a story about James Garner here.