James Garner dies at 86; tributes pour in


Actor James Garner is pictured during an interview in Norman, Okla., Garner’s hometown. (AP)

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:

Norm MacDonald, meanwhile, tweeted a story about James Garner here.

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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