James Garner: a life in the spotlight
James Garner, one of film and television’s most distinguished actors, has died at the age of 86.
He had moderate success on the big screen, including a showy supporting role as The Scrounger in 1963 classic The Great Escape, but he made his greatest impact in television with western series Maverick in the 1950s and then in the 1970s with the hugely popular The Rockford Files, which won him an Emmy award in 1977.
Easily transitioning between film and television, James Garner went on to headline many projects in both mediums during his prolific career, earning numerous honours and creating a host of memorable characters.
He went on to star in roughly 40 films, including The Great Escape, Grand Prix, Move Over, Darling with Doris Day, comedy western Support Your Local Sheriff, Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews, his Oscar-nominated role in Murphy’s Romance and a big screen remake of Maverick starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster.
Survived by his wife Lois, whom he married in 1956, and two children – he was a family man through and through. But he was also a humanitarian and a great actor. Take a look back at James Garner’s life in pictures...