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Arthur Gardner dies at 104; produced TV's 'Rifleman,' 'Big Valley'

Arthur Gardner dies at 104; produced TV's 'Rifleman,' 'Big Valley'

For producer Arthur Gardner, known for his TV western series "The Rifleman" and "The Big Valley," life in the business was "a picnic," his favorite catchphrase.

Gardner, who was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences into his 100s, died Friday at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living. He was 104.

He died of natural causes, his son Steven said.

Gardner's last film was the 1982 adventure comedy, "Safari 3000," about an auto race in Africa, starring David Carradine and Stockard Channing. But he was still going into his Beverly Hills office at 102.

"I like to read scripts," he told the...

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