Jim Rockford is a private investigator who lives and works out of his trailer in Malibu, Los Angeles. Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Jim spent five years in San Quentin before being pardoned and released. Jim is helped by friends and allies, including father Rocky, pal police lieutenant Dennis Becker, his ex-cellmate Evelyn "Angel" Martin, and his defense attorney Beth Davenport.
Last EpisodeTV Movie: Murder and Misdemeanors Aired: Nov. 21, 1997
After a quiet fishing trip, Rockford is tricked into taking over a fellow PI's case involving alleged Police misconduct, which lands him in the …
The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode #22 - Dirty Money, Black Light
Rockford enters the case after his father, Rocky, vacationing in Hawaii, receives huge sums of money in the…
The Rockford Files: Season 3, Episode #5 - Drought At Indianhead River
Rockford's friend Angel suddenly becomes wealthy and big in real estate, but the price for his affluence…
- Jim Rockford
- Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford
- Police Det. Dennis Becker
- Police Lt. Dennis Becker
- Evelyn 'Angel' Martin
Series Fun Facts
- During the show's run the actors in the cast received several Emmy nominations. James Garner received five nominations and won once for the show's 3rd season. Noah Beery Jr. was nominated…
[show]During the show's run the actors in the cast received several Emmy nominations. James Garner received five nominations and won once for the show's 3rd season. Noah Beery Jr. was nominated three times without winning. Joe Santos was nominated once and also didn't win. Stuart Margolin was only nominated twice and won both times. In 1979, all four were nominated; Garner lost in the lead actor category and Margolin beat Beery and Santos for Best Supporting Actor. In 1980, the top three were nominated again, even though the show had been canceled halfway through the season.
- Goof (errors in geography): Mrs. Elias beautiful house - shown in the first establishing exterior shot as a stoned, Tudor-style home, with sweeping views from a mountain-side perspective, is,…
[show]Goof (errors in geography): Mrs. Elias beautiful house - shown in the first establishing exterior shot as a stoned, Tudor-style home, with sweeping views from a mountain-side perspective, is, in fact not in Vegas (Vegas is a flat desert), but, is considered an iconic example of modern architecture, in the Hollywood Hills. It's Stahl Case House N°22 - 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles, CA.
- Besides detectives Richie Brockleman (two episodes, one of which was a two-parter) and Lance White (two episodes), other significant recurring characters on the show were bail bondsman Solly…
[show]Besides detectives Richie Brockleman (two episodes, one of which was a two-parter) and Lance White (two episodes), other significant recurring characters on the show were bail bondsman Solly Marshall (three episodes plus five other episodes as different characters, all portrayed by Joe E. Tata); Becker's wife Peggy (six episodes, portrayed by Pat Finley); reformed prostitute Rita Capkovic (hree episodes, portrayed by Rita Moreno); client-turned-girlfriend Dr. Megan Dougherty (two episodes, one being1 was a two-parter, portrayed by Kathryn Harrold); private investigator Vern St. Cloud (three episodes, portrayed by Simon Oakland); mechanic turned bumbling private investigator Freddy Beamer (two episodes, portrayed by James Whitmore Jr.); disbarred lawyer John "Coop" Cooper (four episodes, portrayed by Bo Hopkins); Jim's ex-cellmate Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch (three episodes, portrayed by Isaac Hayes); and parole officer turned private investigator Marcus Aurelius "Gabby" Hayes (two episodes, portrayed by Louis Gossett Jr.). There was one other notable repeating character--Sara Butler, who made more than one appearance, but technically, the first appearance was not part of the series per se, since that first appearance was in the pilot, now often referred to as episode -0- (two parts in syndication) of the first season. Sara showed up again late in season one, and was portrayed by Lindsay Wagner each time.