The American actor and star of both film and TV, James Garner, has died. He was aged 86 and had been suffering from poor health since a stroke in 2008. Known by many for his roles in popular TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick, his film parts in the late 1950s saw his celebrity rise swiftly. A combination of an easygoing charm and an affable masculinity was embraced by audiences the world over, in films such as The Great Escape, The Children's Hour, The Americanisation of Emily and Murphy's Romance, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. In the '90s, he appeared in the Maverick the film, and received a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, the same year that he was nominated for an Actor for The Notebook. His marriage to Lois Clarke lasted almost 58 years; they had two children, Kimberly and Greta.