Actor James Garner, best known to teenage girls for playing Older Baby Goose in The Notebook and for starring in The Rockford Files, Maverick, and Murphy’s Romance, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, to people with good taste, died last night in his California home. He was 86.
Mr. Garner was a genuine star but as an actor something of a paradox: a lantern-jawed, brawny athlete whose physical appeal was both enhanced and undercut by a disarming wit. He appeared in more than 50 films, many of them dramas, but as he established in one of his early performances, as a battle-shy naval officer in The Americanization of Emily (1964) — and had shown before that in Maverick — he was most at home as an iconoclast, an unlikely hero. (Via)
Even in his later years…
…he was still clearly having a lot of fun. Just the way it should be.