Famous Faces on "The Rockford Files" TV Series (Season One)

by gattonero975 | created - 23 Apr 2014 | updated - 15 Jun 2016 | Public

From his mobile home in Malibu, this offbeat, wisecracking ex-con-turned-private-investigator, takes on the cases of the lost & the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets & seamy alleys of Los Angeles. This world's most unlikely detective , would rather fish than fight, but whose instincts on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. These are some of the stars that encountered Mr. Jim Rockford in Season One...

1. William Smith

Actor | Any Which Way You Can

Biker, bare-knuckle brawler, cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, vampire hunter . . . William Smith has done it all. He was born on March 24, 1933, in Columbia, Missouri, on Rolling Acres, a Hereford cattle ranch. After losing everything to the dust bowl, the family moved to California. From 1942, when he ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) "Jerry Grimes"

2. Tom Atkins

Actor | Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Handsome, rugged, versatile and charismatic character actor Tom Atkins was born on November 13, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Atkins initially became an avid horror film fan in his childhood days; Howard Hawks' immortal classic The Thing from Another World (1951) made an especially strong ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) "Alex Diel"

3. Marc Alaimo

Actor | Total Recall

Marc Alaimo was born on May 5, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Michael Anthony Alaimo. He is an actor, known for Total Recall (1990), Tango & Cash (1989) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974) "Farber"

4. Noah Beery Jr.

Actor | Red River

Familiar and well-liked character actor of very different persona than either his father, Noah Beery, or his uncle, Wallace Beery. He attended Harvard Military Academy but managed to make a number of appearances on film and on stage with his father before adulthood. At age 19, he began playing ...

"Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford" (as Noah Beery)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974)

5. Tom Bower

Actor | Out of the Furnace

Tom Bower grew up in Denver, Colorado, and thought he would have a career as an athlete, having played varsity baseball, basketball, golf, ran track, and just assumed a professional career would follow. Didn't quite work out that way, and so, his hobby of acting seemed to be the next course of ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974) Officer Hensley

6. Sandra de Bruin

Actress | The Rockford Files

Sandra was also a recurring cast member of "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson in the prestigious Mighty Carson Art Players; where Carson and a group of stock actors perform scripted skits that spoof news, movies, television shows and commercials.

De Bruin is the creator of the bestselling "...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Hostess (as Sandy DeBruin)

7. James Cromwell

Actor | The Green Mile

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) Terry

8. Roger Davis

Actor | Alias Smith and Jones

Roger Davis is an actor, producer and voice-over artist, who is most remembered for taking over the role of Hannibal Heyes (a.k.a. Joshua Smith) in the TV series, Alias Smith and Jones (1971), from his friend, Pete Duel, after Duel died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while intoxicated.

His ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Travis Buckman

9. Nick Dimitri

Actor | Turner & Hooch

Prolific Hollywood stuntman / actor / bodybuilder who portrayed bare knuckle fighters, tough thugs, vicious hoodlums and even a living dead sculptor in a career spanning over thirty years. A US navy veteran, the athletically built Dimitri first got involved in cinema in the late 1950's and ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) "Dorsey"(uncredited)

10. James Garner

Actor | The Notebook

Amiable and handsome James Garner had obtained success in both films and television, often playing variations of the charming anti-hero/con-man persona he first developed in Maverick, the offbeat western TV series that shot him to stardom in the late 1950s.

James Garner was born James Scott ...

"Jim Rockford"

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974)

11. Dick Gautier

Actor | Transformers

Dick Gautier was born on October 30, 1931 in Culver City, California, USA as Dick G. Gauthier. He was an actor and writer, known for The Transformers (1984), G.I. Joe (1985) and Get Smart (1965). He was married to Tess Hightower, Barbara Stuart and Beverly J. Gerber. He died on January 13, 2017 in ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) Carl Brego (as Dick Gautier)

12. Fred Lerner

Stunts | Die Hard

Fred Lerner was born on February 2, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Frederick Marshall Lerner. He is known for his work on Die Hard (1988), Escape from New York (1981) and Total Recall (1990). He died on July 15, 2009 in Ventura, California.

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Parking Attendant

13. Michael Lerner

Actor | Barton Fink

Michael Lerner was born on June 22, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Barton Fink (1991), Godzilla (1998) and Elf (2003).

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) Dr. Ruben Seelman

14. Stuart Margolin

Actor | Death Wish

Stuart Margolin, the Emmy Award-winning actor and director, was born in Davenport, Iowa. He won two Best Supporting Actor Emmies playing James Garner's former cell-mate "Angel" Martin in The Rockford Files (1974).

Margolin made his debut in The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) before becoming a series ...

"Angel"

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974)

15. Bill Mumy

Actor | Babylon 5

Along with his most impressive list of television/film credits, Bill is also a very talented well-known musician, songwriter, recording artist, as well as writer. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and sings. He has released three solo CDs, 1997's "Dying To Be ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) Nick Butler

16. Bill Quinn

Actor | Twilight Zone: The Movie

Bill Quinn was born on May 6, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA as William Tyrrell Quinn. He was an actor, known for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and The Birds (1963). He was married to Mary Catherine Roden. He died on April 29, 1994 in Camarillo, ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) "Harry Butler"

17. Joe Santos

Actor | The Rockford Files

Brooklyn-born actor of Italian descent, Joe Santos started out a football jock at Fordham University and turned semi-pro before finding a new avenue in acting. Success was long in coming, and he paid his dues for years in a number of blue-collar jobs including railroad worker, tree trimmer, cabbie ...

"Dennis Becker"

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974)

18. Julie Sommars

Actress | Matlock

Born in Fremont, Nebraska in 1942, actress Julie Sommars grew up in the Midwest -- both Iowa and South Dakota. As she matured, she showed early signs of talent as a public orator in high school and won awards for her abilities. This confidence steered her towards an acting career following ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Tawnia Baker

19. Harold J. Stone

Actor | Spartacus

Never a big name but always a reliable staple on TV crime shows during the 1960s and 1970s, Harold J. Stone usually was seen in a strong, unsympathetic vein -- an unyielding father or husband, corrupt businessman, menacing crime figure, etc. A sober-looking gent with a block jaw, Romanesque-styled ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) Sorrell

20. Susan Strasberg

Actress | Picnic

Susan Strasberg was born in New York City on May 22, 1938. From the time of her birth, she was destined to be an actress, as her father was Lee Strasberg, acting coach at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In 1953, Susan made her acting debut in the episode Goodyear Playhouse: Catch a Falling Star...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) Deborah Ryder

21. Nita Talbot

Actress | Hogan's Heroes

Nita Talbot was born on August 8, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Anita Sokol. She is an actress, known for Hogan's Heroes (1965), Mannix (1967) and The Fugitive (1963).

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) Mildred Elias

22. Abe Vigoda

Actor | The Godfather

Tall, dour-faced and slouch-shouldered character actor Abe Vigoda proved himself in both gritty dramatic roles, and as an actor with wonderful comedic timing.

Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, a tailor -- both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Al Dancer

23. Lindsay Wagner

Actress | The Bionic Woman

Lindsay Wagner makes little distinction between her life as an actress, advocate, mother or author. What unites these various parts is a commitment through her work and her personal life to exploring and advancing human potential.

Lindsay first came to prominence in the critically-acclaimed role of ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0 Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974) Sara Butler

24. Guy Williams

Actor | Lost in Space

An exceptionally handsome and charismatic performer with a serene baritone voice, Guy Williams was born Armand Joseph Catalano (nicknamed "Armando" by his family) of Italian parentage in New York City on January 14, 1924. The elder child of an insurance broker (he had a younger sister, Valerie), he...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974) Steven Gorman (archive footage)

25. James Woods

Actor | Vampires

James Howard Woods was born on April 18, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Martha A. (Smith) and Gail Peyton Woods, a U.S. Army intelligence officer who died during Woods' childhood. James is of Irish, English, and German descent. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, with his mother and stepfather ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Larry Kirkoff

26. Walter Brooke

Actor | The Graduate

Walter Brooke was born on October 13, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as Gustav William Tweer Jr. He was an actor, known for The Graduate (1967), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Lawman (1971). He was married to Yvonne White and Sara Hill Hynes Merriam. He died on August 20, 1986 in Los Angeles, ...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974) Clyde Russell

27. Gretchen Corbett

Actress | The Rockford Files

Gretchen Corbett was born on August 13, 1945 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Gretchen Hoyt Corbett. She is an actress, known for The Rockford Files (1974), Magnum, P.I. (1980) and Otherworld (1985).

"Beth Davenport"

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 2 The Dark and Bloody Ground (20 Sep. 1974)

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974)

28. Milt Kogan

Actor | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Milt was born at Beth Israel Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 10, 1936 to Eastern European immigrants, Mildred and Joseph Kogan. Joseph earned a degree as a pharmacist from Temple University and after one year moved his family across the Delaware River to Camden, New Jersey, where he...

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1 The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974) Marsh

29. Art Lund

Actor | The Last American Hero

Art Lund was born on April 1, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Arthur Earl Lund Jr. He was an actor, known for The Last American Hero (1973), Bucktown (1975) and Chopper One (1974). He was married to Janet Burris Chytraus and Kathleen Virginia Bolanz. He died on May 31, 1990 in Holladay, Utah.

The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 3 The Countess (27 Sep. 1974) Mike Ryder



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