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Garner of Maverick, Rockford Files dies

Posted: July 21, 2014 at 3:54 a.m.

FILE - James Garner holds the 41st annual life achievement award backstage at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

FILE - James Garner holds the 41st annual life achievement award backstage at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

James Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as the charming and dry-witted gambler on the TV western Maverick and later won an Emmy as the unconventional Los Angeles private eye on The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

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