LOS ANGELES, July 20 Actor James Garner, best
known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking
frontier gambler on "“Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private
eye on "“The Rockford Files," has died at age 86, Los Angeles
police confirmed early on Sunday.
Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly
charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest
honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from
natural causes on Saturday night by officers dispatched to his
Los Angeles home, a police officer answering calls at the LAPD's
West Los Angeles station said.
There were no further details immediately available about
the circumstances of his death. Celebrity news website TMZ
reported earlier that an ambulance crew was sent to Garner's
home at about 8 p.m. local time and found him deceased.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Alison Williams)