“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 says
Actors, directors and comedians expressed their sadness Sunday over the death of beloved star James Garner.
The veteran actor was found dead at his home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The 86-year-old died of natural causes, the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap.
Garner rose to stardom in the 1950s television series “Maverick,” as the gun-slinging Bret Maverick. In a 1994 movie version of the show, Garner had a cameo role with Mel Gibson playing the title character.
Garner struck gold again on the small screen in the ’70s as Jim Rockford on the popular series “The Rockford Files.”
He also appeared in more than 50 movies, including “The Great Escape” in 1963, Paddy Chayefsky’s “The Americanization of Emily” in 1964, Blake Edwards‘ “Victor Victoria” in 1982 and Murphy’s Romance in 1985, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
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The iconic actor gained a new generation of fans for his role in the 2004 Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams hit romantic drama “The Notebook,” as the older version of Gosling’s Duke.
As news of his death emerged, Hollywood expressed its sadness on Twitter. Below are several notable quotes.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) 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
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family of James Garner this morning.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 20, 2014
"Read this to me and I'll come back to you." RIP to television titan JAMES GARNER – the man who was both Jim Rockford AND Brett Maverick.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 20, 2014
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) July 20, 2014
James garner was a stud. So nice and always a gentleman. Class act all the way. Grew up watching rockford. I was lucky to work with him
— David Spade (@DavidSpade) July 20, 2014
RIP James Garner! http://t.co/76xynmUto3
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) July 20, 2014