Friday, January 23, 2015

We just heard about this 2014 death - James Shigeta who played the Chinese Mobbed Up "Clement Chin" in the 1978 Episode of the ROCKFORD FILES titled "Heartaches of a Fool"

James Shigeta, like James Garner, was a Korean War Veteran.

June 17, 1929 - July 28, 2014 
Mini Bio (1)
Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected the country's changing interest in films with East Asian themes, but, when called upon, he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor T.V. guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. An aspiring song-and-dance man early in his career, he had a series of romantic leading roles in the late fifties, culminating in his most important one, the lead in Ross Hunter's glitzy production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, Flower Drum Song (1961). Supporting parts followed, his last showy turn coming again from Ross Hunter, with star billing and his own production number in the ill-fated musical remake of Lost Horizon (1973). Along the way, there have been many notable T.V. guest appearances showcasing Shigeta's facility with both sympathetic and villainous roles. His status as the foremost East Asian leading man of twentieth century U.S. film will endure undiminished by an erratic career.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Durrett

Trivia (9)

One of six children born to a Honolulu contractor, he was educated at New York University where he majored in English.
Discovered as a singer by TV's Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948), where he won first place and an annual scholarship prize. This led to Vegas and nightclub appearances. Pat Boone and Ann-Margret are other celebrities who benefited from Ted Mack's popular show.
Speaks fluent Japanese, French and Italian.
The first Asian-American to crack the old Hollywood studio star system, albeit briefly, groomed as a romantic leading man.
On April 18, 2005, he was awarded a Visionary Award from East West Players, the nation's premier Asian American theatre organization.
Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
His publicist was Jeffrey Leavitt.
Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the pacific ocean.
The Monday, September 1, 2014, issue of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported by Rob Shikina that services were held on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Nuuanu and also reported that "Shigeta, a Marine during the Korean War, will be inurned in a private ceremony Tuesday at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl".

Personal Quotes (2)

I think an actor's life is necessarily self-involved. And that's what I would like to get away from.
I have never personally referred to myself as a star. When asked I always say, 'I'm an actor, a working actor.' I think the term 'star' is a vastly overused expression. That term has been used in reference to me but it is not of my own choice.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What or where was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of BOB MORRIS' PARADISE COVE BEACH CAFE & the parking lot of the long defunct Tonga Lei Lounge / Don the Beachcomer's Lounge both in Malibu California - 29 Cove Road - 2356 Pacific Coast Highway - 28128 Pacific Coast Highway - Paradise Cove Beach Cafe - 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy

This Blog's #1 Internet Search Question - What was the location(s) of Jim Rockford's beach front trailer and office?
Over 4,000,000 viewers have reached our blog by searching that question alone!
And thank you to over 10,000,000 viewers who have visited our Rockford Files filming location blog.

ABOVE PHOTO: In the first year of filming the ROCKFORD FILES the house trailer used by Jim Rockford was parked directly next to Malibu's Tonga Lei Restaurant & Lounge which was once located at 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, Calif. 90265 456-6444.  This location was actually right on Pacific Coast Highway unlike the later location which was well off Pacific Coast Highway.
Tonga Lei was a popular Malibu restaurant and motel right on PCH in scenic Malibu, and operated from the '60s probably into the '70s, when it became a Don the Beachcomber.
Later on Jim Rockford's house trailer was moved to the parking lot of what is now the Paradise Cove Beach Café located at 28128 Pacific Coast Highway. Although it has a Pacific Coast Highway address it is actually located down a ways from the highway and is situated right on the oceanfront. The road is called Paradise Cove Road, thus the address they used for this location in the TV series: 29 Cove Road Malibu, CA



Monday, November 17, 2014

Author Matt Stone will be having a book signing for his new book - James Garner's Motoring Life - Volo Auto Museum located at 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, Illinois 60073 on November 22, 2014 1pm to 4pm

Matt Stone Book Signing at Volo Auto Museum

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, writer Matt Stone will be doing a book signing at Volo Auto Museum.  He will be there from 1 pm. to 4 pm.   Volo Museum has graciously offered to host this  FREE event, no museum admission required.
Matt will be selling his new book: James Garner's Motoring Life.

Volo Auto Museum located at 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo, Illinois 60073

Some of Matt Stone's other books: WINNING - The Racing Life of Paul Newman

McQueen's Machines, The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon


Friday, November 7, 2014

ROCKFORD FILES - Episode: Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune! (6 Dec. 1974) Chicago Actor Richard Schaal who played Leonard Blair on the Rockford Files dies at age 86 - Was former husband to actress Valerie Harper

'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Actor Richard Schaal Dead At 86

Actor and comedian Richard Schaal, a member of Chicago's legendary Second City improv group in the 1960s, died Tuesday 11/04/2014 at the age of 86.

Schaal was best known for his work in many classic sitcoms including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda," "The Bob Newhart Show," "Phyllis", Rockford Files and "Just My Luck."

Schaal was married to actress Valerie Harper in 1964, however the couple later divorced in 1978. "American Dad" voice actress Wendy Schaal is Richard's daughter from his previous marriage to Lois Treacy.

Aside from his frequent work in television, Schaal also appeared in films such as "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming," among others.

Schaal delivered one of his most interesting and intense performances in the made-for-TV movie "The Cube" -- Jim Henson's experimental, live-action, psychedelic drama about a man stuck in a small white room that others can enter and exit but he can never escape, and therefore, slowly goes crazy.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Schaal died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills, Calif. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Schaal is survived by his actress daughter, Wendy Schaal.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Rockford Files - EPISODES: Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead (1978) & Exit Prentiss Carr (1974) - What is now Luca’s located at 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake CA - Intersection of Riverside Drive and Cahuenga Blvd. - Mobile Gast Station & Telephone Booth

ABOVE: From Episode: Exit Prentiss Carr (1974)
The building marked LIQUORS AND DELI is located at 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake CA 
ABOVE: From Episode: Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead (1978)
The same liquor and deli can be seen 4 years later in the above episode.
Well we make a final correction..... The above two images show a Liquor & Deli that once stood at 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA - Today in 2014 it is Luca's.
A current image shows the location of 10550 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, CA
Luca's is located directly behind the Mobil Gas Station sign.
It has since expanded with a second floor added.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rockford Files - EPISODE: The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club (1975) Re: Municipal Light Water Power building - Another filming mystery solved - Thanks to Don! Municipal Light Water Power 5108 Lankershim Blvd. It's now the Lankershim Arts Center

As always I am so thankful for all the viewers who submit information.... but in this case I do NOT think this is a match. ABOVE PHOTO: building on the left is the Municipal Light Water Power building as seen in the Rockford Files.... the building on the right is the address that was submitted by our viewer Don, Municipal Light Water Power building is: 2417 Daly St., Los Angeles CA 90031.
The buildings have two different facades. And as seen in the lower photo, the building in the Rockford Files was much wider with a widow to the left of the large entrance area.
Also the building as seen in the episode has the words MUNICPAL LIGHT WATER POWER straight across the canopy - the building on Daley Street has the words arched out around the canopy. 
So my guess is that there were a few of these Municipal Light Water Power buildings in Los Angeles. We just haven't found the correct one yet.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rockford Files - EPISODE: The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club (1975) - Filming Locations: Burbank Community YMCA located at 321 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA - Jack In The Box Restaurant 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA - Bob's Big Boy Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street in North Hollywood - Eckerman & Heisman Funeral Home and Bud's Flowers both were once located on the 300 Block of Olive in Burbank, CA - George's Automotive Serivce - Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood - Municpial Light Water Power Building 5108 Lankershim Blvd - ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Blair Brown - Jack Garner - Sharon Ullrick - William Phipps - Chuck Hicks - Joel Fabiani - Byron Morrow - Stewart Moss of Chicago - Paul Stevens - Stuart Margolin (Angel) - James Garner

ABOVE PHOTOS: The Bay City Boys Club building was actually the Burbank Community YMCA located at 321 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

ABOVE PHOTO: The Burbank California YMCA, 40 years after the filming of "The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club"



ABOVE PHOTOS: Jim Rockford pulls into a Jack in the Box in this episode. In the background a Bob's Big Boy restaurant and one of the early 7-11 stores can be seen during this filming.
This Jack in the Box is still located at 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. The Bob's Big Boy is long gone, it once stood across the street from Jack in the Box at Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street.

ABOVE PHOTO: The Jack in the Box as it appears in 2014 - 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.
ABOVE SPLIT PHOTOS: Bob's Big Boy was torn down and a Carl's Jr. was built on that location...recently the Carl's Jr. was torn down and now in 2014 the lot is empty at Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street.
ABOVE PHOTO: In this still image you can see Eckerman & Heisman Funeral Home and Bud's Flowers. Both were once located on the 300 Block of E Magnolia Blvd in Burbank, CA. Neither business are still in operation today.

Municipal Light Water Power Building
Anybody have any suggestions? Please let us know!
BELOW PHOTO: Another filming mystery solved - Thanks to Don! Municipal Light Water Power 5108 Lankershim Blvd. It's now the Lankershim Arts Center
ABOVE PHOTO: Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood also seen is George's Automotive Service behind Green's OK Tire Service.
ABOVE PHOTO: Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood (2014 Photo)
ABOVE PHOTO: The young and beautiful  played the dual role of Kate Flanders / Dep. DA Kate Doyle
ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner's brother Jack Garner is the uniform police officer on the right. Jack Garner played numerous different roles in the Rockford Files series. Many of his roles are documented on this blog.
ABOVE PHOTO: The pretty and perky  played the clerk at the Municipal Water Light Power Co.
ABOVE PHOTO: Actor  is still with us in 2014 at the great age of 92! God bless William...
ABOVE PHOTO: The late great  played Sy Mosher
(File Photo)
ABOVE PHOTO: Actor (#1) is a familiar face on the Rockford Files, it is actor and stunt man Chuck Hicks. Actor (#2) is . (Fabiani is also the below photo)
ABOVE PHOTO: The late great  played Ted Thatcher
ABOVE PHOTO: Her role was unaccredited - Anybody know who the great looking actress is? Let us know please!
ABOVE PHOTO: A fantastic actor -  - played the dual roles of Dep. DA Burton Kimball / Mr. Phelps.
Mr. Moss is from my hometown of Chicago, IL.
ABOVE PHOTO: (File Photo) Another late great actor  played the role of George Welles perfectly!