The Rockford Files star James Garner has died, aged 86.

Emergency services were called to his Los Angeles home on Saturday evening (19Jul14) and the actor was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a report by No cause of death had been released as Wenn went to press.

Garner is best known as detective Jim Rockford, the title character of crime series The Rockford Files. The series ran from 1974 to 1980 and he later reprised the role in the 1990s for several Tv movies. He was nominated for his role at the Emmy Awards for five consecutive years and eventually won the accolade in 1977.

The actor is also famous for his leading role in western Tv series Maverick, which began in the 1950s. He later co-starred with Mel Gibson in the 1994 big screen version.

He also appeared in 1963 movie classic The Great Escape, Grand Prix in 1966 and 1985's Murphy's Romance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. His last notable film credit was in romance drama The Notebook in 2004.

In 2008, Garner suffered a stroke and had worked little since.

Director Ron Howard was among the first to pay tribute, writing in a post on, "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."

Actress Marlee Matlin adds, "Away from home; can't sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & co-star James Garner passed. Rip (rest in peace) sweet Jim Rockford."