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Actor James Garner, Star Of TV Hits 'Maverick' And 'The Rockford Files,' Dies At 86

July 20th, 2014 11:09am EDT
Actor James Garner, Star Of TV Hits 'Maverick' And 'The Rockford
Actor James Garner, who starred in such classic TV series as Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86.

Garner died at his Los Angeles home on Saturday evening. Emergency services were called and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to TMZ.com. An official cause of death has not been released, but all signs point to natural causes.

The actor suffered a stroke in 2008 and has done little acting since then.

Several stars, including director Ron Howard and actress Kaley Cuoco, have paid tribute on Twitter since the news broke.

"RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew...
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'Rockford Files' Reboot Shelved

January 13th, 2011 11:31am EST
Rockford Files
Plans to reboot 1970s TV drama "The Rockford Files" have been shelved for a second time after producer David Shore was forced to return to writing duties on his hit medical drama "House."

Shore had planned to script and produce a rejuvenated "Rockford Files," which originally starred James Garner as private investigator Jim Rockford, and was rumored to be in talks to sign up "Lost" hunk Josh Holloway for the lead role.

However, after a huge section of the new "House" series was scrapped at the last minute, creator Shore had to return to help re-structure the season, leaving his new projec...
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Prolific TV Producer Stephen Cannell Dies

October 2nd, 2010 5:15pm EDT
The A-Team
Hollywood screenwriter and "The A-Team" producer Stephen Cannell has lost his battle with skin cancer at the age of 69.

The star died on Thursday at his home in California, with his wife of 46 years, Marcia, by his side.

A statement released by the producer's family reads: "Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

"Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed."

Cannell worked on a number of ...
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NBC Will Not Drastically Change The New 'Jim Rockford' Character

January 12th, 2010 9:15am EST
Rockford Files
NBC is planning a new series of The Rockford Files, based on the '70s P.I. show starring James Garner. This won't be just your average remake though. David Shore, creator of TV's House, is developing the new Rockford.

"It's just that great character and there isn't that PI character on television right now," said NBC and Universal Media Studios president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "So if we do a creative reinvention of that, with that title, and I don't think there's anyone better to do it than David Shore who creat...
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'Battle For Terra' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 22

September 21st, 2009 9:59pm EDT
Battle for Terra on DVD
Battle for Terra is a thrilling sci-fi animated film featuring the voices of Luke Wilson, Evan Rachel Wood, Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and James Garner, blasting its way onto DVD and Blu-ray September 22nd.

A visually stunning, action-packed tale for animation fans of all ages, this theatrical wide release received rave reviews from critics. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times hailed it as "bewitchingly animated, nicely stylized" USA Today called it "captivating" and "ambitious" and San Francisco Chronicle deemed it "as thrilling as any original Star Wars trek." In addition, "Battle...
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Eight World War II Movies To Watch Before 'Inglourious Basterds'

August 18th, 2009 10:40am EDT
The Thin Red Line
With the release of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Friday, we're excited about what this often-perverse, slightly deranged and mostly genius mind will do with a movie about World War 2's Nazi-occupied France.

Looking back at the movies that Hollywood tackled on the same subject, most have been re-creations of bloody battles or stories of specific personalities involved, but very few ever added the comic punch that Tarantino's flick will surely carry out.

In anticipation of the film, here is a list of World War II films to watch before the release of "Inglorious Basterds" o...
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NBC To Remake 'Rockford Files'

July 30th, 2009 9:31am EDT
James Garner
"House" creator David Shore will helm a remake of the 1970s detective show "The Rockford Files," which starred James Garner, according to Variety.com.

Garner played an ex-con private eye who lived in a trailer in Malibu. Rockford dedicated himself to re-opening "closed cases," digging up new evidence to prove that the authorities had been wrong with the original verdict. Rockford was nearly always broke due to his occasional willingness to accept a case free of charge or because of duplicitous clients or heavy fines for "bending" the law.

Shore was a fan of the show and understands th...
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Slideshow: Native American Actors

August 7th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Adam Beach
There are several well-known celebrities that are proud to call themselves part Native American. Click through our slideshow of stars who trace their roots to American soil. A few may surprise you:

Benjamin Bratt

Stars in A&E's "The Cleaner"

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Adam Beach

Starred in "Comanche Moon," "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "Flags of our Fathers"

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Lou Diamond Phillips

Known for his role in "La Bamba"

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Angie Harmo...
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James Garner Hospitalized After Stroke

May 14th, 2008 8:14am EDT
James Garner
LOS ANGELES (AP) - James Garner, who was hospitalized late last week after suffering a minor stroke, is doing well and should be going home shortly, the veteran television and film star's publicist said Tuesday.

The star of such TV shows as ''Maverick'' and ''The Rockford Files'' went to the hospital after becoming ill at home Friday, said his publicist, Jennifer Allen.

''He's still in the hospital but my understanding is he is doing well and will be going home soon. When, exactly, we have not been told yet,'' Allen told The Associated Press.

Garner, who turned 80 last month,...
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Classic Tearjerking Movies

December 26th, 2007 3:55pm EST
The Notebook
The classic tearjerker movie. Many of us watch them with a diet coke in one hand and a box of Kleenex in the other. Whether it's a sappy Lifetime movie or an old classic romance, we enjoy watching them even though they make us weep like little babies. Some won't admit to tearing up, while others put the blame on "allergies" or use other excuses.

It's pretty hard to keep this list short, or maybe it's just because here at Starpulse we get a little sappy when it comes to this type of film. We somehow managed. Get out the box of Kleenex because you may need them.

My Girl (1991)

It'...
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James Garner, Brian Dennehy, And Abigail Breslin Star In 'The Ultimate Gift' On DVD August 21; Win A Copy

August 2nd, 2007 3:29pm EDT
The  Ultimate  Gift
CENTURY CITY, Calif. - Upon his wealthy grandfather's death, a young man is presented with an unlikely inheritance taking him on a journey of self-discovery that will change him forever in the heartwarming family drama The Ultimate Gift, debuting on DVD August 21 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the inspirational novel by best-selling author Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift is a moving story following a spoiled young man's crash course on life with twelve tasks - or "gifts" - devised by his grandfather to ultimately lead him to determine what's most important in life...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 7

April 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
Happy Birthday to NFL twins Tiki (RB, New York Giants) and Ronde (CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Barber (1975), actor/comedian Bill Bellamy (1965), "Cinderella Man" Russell Crowe (1964), Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett (1954), Honk Kong action star Jackie Chan (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), musician John Oates (1949), "Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola (1939), "Maverick" star James Garner (1928), Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji (1927; d. 2003), Indian musician Ravi Shankar (1920), jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915; d. 1959), and Canadian composer Percy Faith (1908...
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