- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The president of the University of Oklahoma says Oklahoma native James Garner will be greatly missed.

Garner died of natural causes at his Brentwood, California, home Saturday night. He was 86.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his witty, low-key style, especially with the TV series “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says Garner, a native of Norman, was a loyal friend to his hometown and university.

Garner received an honorary degree from the school and served as the commencement speaker.

Boren says Garner gave continued support to the university’s drama school, including memorabilia from his acting career.

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