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James Garner, who reluctantly found fame on 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files', dies at 86

Joseph Cotten, right, guest stars as a business tycoon who hires James Garner to investigate his prospective son-in-law, whom he suspects is a phony, in a special 90-minute presentation of NBC TV's The Rockford File on Oct. 18, 1974.

Joseph Cotten, right, guest stars as a business tycoon who hires James Garner to investigate his prospective son-in-law, whom he suspects is a phony, in a special 90-minute presentation of NBC TV's The Rockford File on Oct. 18, 1974.

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James Garner, one of the first stars to find success in both TV and movies, died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on Saturday. He was 86. You might know Garner from TV's Maverick, or The Rockford Files in the '70s.

The Feed's Sean Daly, a Rockford Files fanatic, writes:

"James Garner had a Hollywood chin but Everyman's eyes. He was a relatable lug whose most iconic work — TV's Maverick in the '50s, The Rockford Files in the '70s — endures because his beat-up, beleaguered guys looked a whole lot like us: trying and failing to avoid trouble, dodging bill collectors and bad news on the answering machine. ... And yet a large swath of Mr. Garner's roles — from the Scrounger in 1963's The Great Escape to those flirty Polaroid commercials with Mariette Hartley in the '70s — were imbued with a comic, eye-rolling exasperation. Mr. Garner's guys often just wanted to be left alone, heroes in spite of themselves."

Click here for the full obituary.

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