Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is everyone except Jim.

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Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
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Brad Davies
Frank Christi ...
Vincent (as Frank R. Christi)
James Luisi ...
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Meyer Ziegler
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Armand Teasedale
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Tuner Watson
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Veronica Teasedale
Carolyn Calcote ...
Angela
Julienne Wells ...
Bell LaBelle
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Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is everyone except Jim.

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Rockford's D.O.B. is 7/14/1929 according to a close up of his Driver's License, which makes him a year younger than James Garner. See more »

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Belle Labelle: [in awe] Are you the Lance White who saved Mr. Hillman's life a long, long time ago when the Mob was moving in at the club and threatening his wife and four grandchildren?
[a bored Jim is looking at a UCLA diploma on Lance's wall; the name is blotted out]
Lance White: [modestly] Let's just say it's closer than I like to come.
Jim Rockford: [unimpressed] Isn't it about time for an intermission? I'm outta popcorn!
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Referenced in Frasier: Door Jam (2003) See more »

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Rockford at His Best
18 August 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

One of the all time best episodes of the series and one that got Tom Selleck his role on "Magnum". When Rockford is hired to help recover the missing daughter of a millionaire industrialist, he finds himself saddled with private investigator Lance White (Tom Selleck). White is just the opposite of Rockford--successful, smooth, admired by cops and women of all descriptions. In fact his whole life and investigatory style seems to be something right out of a TV show or a detective novel...which of course drives Rockford crazy with aggravation. This is a terrific episode and features great performances not only by Garner and Selleck, but the entire supporting staff, as well as the director (watch the way he shoots the scene where Chapman questions White--true "Dragnet" framing!). White was such a popular character they brought him back for another episode before he went on to do "Magnum".


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