James Garner, the US star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and Maverick and films including The Great Escape, has died aged 86.
Garner had suffered ill health since a severe stroke in 2008.
“Mr Garner died of natural causes,” the West LA Division of the Los Angeles Police Department told the BBC, adding they had two officers at the scene.
His body has been released to his family by a doctor, the police spokesman said.
Garner’s greatest successes were in the 70s and 80s as laconic private investigator Jim Rockford and also the poker-playing Bret Maverick in the Western comedy.
The actor was also Oscar-nominated for best actor in 1986 for the romantic comedy Murphy’s Romance, playing a small town pharmacist. He also starred alongside Doris Day in Move over Darling.
He won an Emmy in 1977 for The Rockford Files and was given a Screen Actor’s Guild lifetime achievement award in 2005.
In 1963’s iconic World War Two film The Great Escape, Garner played flight lieutenant Robert Hendley, an American in the RAF, alongside Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and Donald Pleasence.
The film depicted the daring escape by prisoners of war from the German Stalag Luft III camp through a 336ft (102m) long tunnel. Only three reached safety and of the 73 recaptured, 50 were shot.
Hendley’s role in the film was as the “scrounger” who managed to get hold of identity cards, clothes and a camera.
Garner was also nominated for nine Golden Globes for shows including The Rockford Files in 1980 and Maverick in 1982, having won in 1958 for most promising newcomer.
He also won a further two for TV series Decoration Day  and Barbarians at the Gate