Actor James Garner Who Played Older Ryan Gosling In the ‘The Notebook’ Dies at 86

By on July 20, 2014

Oscar-nominated actor James Garner, who played the older Ryan Gosling in the hit romance movie, The Notebook, died at age 86 in his Los Angeles home Saturday.

According to TMZ, The Rockford Files star was already dead – of an unknown cause – when the ambulance arrived around 8PM.

The three-time Golden Globe winner had reportedly underwent a quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1988 and suffered a minor stroke in 2008.

James was famous for playing gun-slinger Bret Maverick in the 1957 western TV series as well as the 1994 film version.

Garner also starred in The Great Escape in 1963, Victor Victoria in 1982, Murphy’s Romance in 1985, and Space Cowboys in 2000.

Born in Oklahoma as the youngest of three, the legendary actor was also a serviceman for the Merchant Marines, the National Guard, and the Army where he was awarded two purple hearts in Korea.

The actor is survived by his wife who he married in 1956 and their 56 year old daughter, Greta ‘Gigi’ Garner



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