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Reactions to the death of James Garner

James Garner, who will accept the 41st annual life achievement award, arrives with his family including his wife Lois Clarke, far left, for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV’s “Maverick” who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

James Garner, who will accept the 41st annual life achievement award, arrives with his family including his wife Lois Clarke, far left, for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in this Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 file photo taken in Los Angeles. Actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV’s “Maverick” who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, died Saturday July 19, 2014 according to Los angeles police. He was 86. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

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“Jim was a mentor to me and a friend, and I will miss him.” — Tom Selleck, who early in his career guest-starred on Garner’s series “The Rockford Files.”

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Garner was “a hell of a driver. He truly was a ‘man’s man.’ Jim was a friend, and when he came to Indianapolis as a spectator and pace car driver we obviously welcomed him with open arms.” — Parnelli Jones, two-time Indy 500 winner.

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“My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond.” — Sally Field, who starred with Garner in the 1985 film “Murphy’s Romance.”

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“R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man”— Gary Sinise, who appeared with Garner in the 1989 TV film “My Name is Bill W.” (Twitter)

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“So sad to hear that James Garner has gone. A real part of my childhood Rockford and the Maverick especially” — actor-comedian Stephen Fry (Twitter)

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“Away from home; can’t sleep. Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford” — Marlee Matlin, who appeared with Garner in the 1997 TV film “Dead Silence” (Twitter)

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