James Garner Passes Away at Age 86

Legendary actor had starred in more than 50 films.
2:42 | 07/20/14

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This morning, we take a moment to remember a towering Hollywood figure. James garner has died at the age of 86. He may be known for his long-running series "The Rockford files." What comes to mind, "The notebook." His career spanned decades. One of the first actors to succeed in television and film. Social media has been blowing up with the sad news of his passing. Fans talking about the roles he played and the great man he was as well. A man who enjoyed an amazing career. Travis. You know, I fell for that once myself. Works reetty good, doesn't it. Reporter: He had a smart mouth in a tough spot from his hit TV show, "The Rockford files". You aren't going to shoot anybody. We both know it. Put that thing away before you have an accident. Reporter: To the great escape. We want to take some snapshots. Reporter: To his role as Brett maverick. Let's get out of here, maverick. You don't want any trouble. You're right, doc, not that kind. Reporter: Years later, the black and white western was made into a movie costarring Mel Gibson. This is no time to be brave. Reporter: He concerned his career in such movies as support your local sheriff and his role as Wyatt Earp. He was nominated for an Oscar in Murphy's romance. In 2005 he was presented with a lifetime achievement award from the screen actor's guild. I don't know if I deserve this award. Please, for just tonight, you'll forgive me if I act like I do. Reporter: And act is what he continued to do. After taking on one of the biggest roles of his krooefr in "The notebook," an entire generation might define true love as when James garner reads his diary aloud. I think we can do anything we want to do. Reporter: James garner was 86. I think it's fitting we end on the notebook. There's a whole generation that nose him just from that. And yet his lengd and icon status was set years ago from the classic roles. At 86, he led such a full life. There's such an interesting gender divide. Ron and I never saw the notebook. Reremember him from the polaroid commercials. The notebook is such a beautiful role. Funny it came so late in his career. Showed his versatility. Great man. We welcome back Julie Durda from our Miami station.

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