Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Alex Rocco who guest starred as Sherman Royle in the Rockford Files episode "The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers" (1977) died July 18, 2015 at the age of 79 - Birth Name Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr.


Stage Name: Alex Rocco
Birth Name: Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr.

Date of Birth29 February 1936Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death18 July 2015Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)

The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Sherman Royle
- The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 2 (1977) ... Sherman Royle
- The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers: Part 1 (1977) ... Sherman Royle
 
IMDB Trivia on Alex Rocco (14)
Wife Sandie E. Rocco was a former professional square dancer and night club performer who later became a screenwriter. She died at age 59 after a four-year battle with cancer on June 12, 2002.
Three children: director Marc Rocco; Jennifer Rocco, an attorney; Lucien Rocco, a poet; and, his grandson, Anthony Dominic Alessandro, son of Jennifer Rocco.
Debuted on Batman (1966) as a thug who gets "Whapped" by the Caped Crusader.
His "Do you know who I am" line in The Godfather (1972) is often used by Howie Carrwhen the subject is the "Beautiful People" getting in trouble.
Is a member of the Bahá'í faith.
His girlfriend was hit on by Charlestown mobster Georgie McLaughlin in 1961, setting off the Boston Irish gang war of the early 1960s. Rocco himself was picked up as a suspect in the murder of Bernie McLaughlin, but never charged.
Was once a member of The Winter Hill Gang
Stepfather of Kelli Williams and Sean Doyle.
Starred in the February 3, 2008, Super Bowl ad for Audi that parodied the famous "horse head" scene in The Godfather (1972).
Father-in-law of Lisa Rocco.
Second husband of Shannon Wilcox.
He died on the same day as his The Entity (1982) co-star George Coe: July 18, 2015.
Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas, payed tribute to Alex Rocco Saturday night by turning off the nostalgic front fountains in front of the hotel for one minute to honor their friend BoBo.
At his marriage to Sandie Garrett in 1966, he adopted her son, Marc, who became known as Marc Rocco.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

 
ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTO CREDITS:   http://laobserved.com/malibu/   Los Angeles Observed
Veronique


 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Rockford Files: Season 4 Episode 16 - "The Paper Palace" (1978) Starring Rita Moreno as Rita Capkovic - Canadian American Trading Company 500 East Olive Burbank CA - The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA - Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA

We need some help identifying this filming location. This 1970's hotdog stand was used in this episode. Few clues could be found since the filming was a pretty tight shot of location. Does anybody recall where this restaurant was or currently still is?
 
UPDATE: Our viewers are great.... This hot dog stand was located at the corner of Alameda Ave and San Fernando Blvd - Burbank California
It is currently El Tapatio Restaurant  926 South San Fernando Blvd.
 







UPDATED IMAGES:
ABOVE IMAGES: As you can see in the above split screen images the window structures are the same as well as the white tiles and red cement step.  The left half of the above image is El Tapatio Restaurant in 2015 - The right half of the above image is a still image from the 1978 episode of the Rockford Files.

ABOVE IMAGES: The same building can be seen in the split screen image.

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ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Canadian - American Trading Company building - The filming for this location is the below building which is located at 500 East Olive, Burbank CA
 
 
 
BELOW THREE IMAGES: The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501 - which is still in operation today.

ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner teams up with his real life brother Jack Garner for this scene. 
 
BELOW TWO IMAGES: Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA
 ABOVE: As seen in this episode - BELOW: As it is in 2015
 
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ABOVE IMAGE: Luis Delgado played LAPD Police Officer Billings
(A regular role for him on the Rockford Files)
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Patricia Donahue who passed away in 2012 at 87 played Eleanor Loft - Bruce Kirby was born on April 24, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Sr. played Sid Loft. Sid is alive and well as of this posting.

ABOVE IMAGE: Regular cast members end this episode on a happy note. Pat Finley played Peggy Becker, Joe Santos played Sgt. Dennis Becker, Noah Beery Jr. played Rocky, James Garner played Jim Rockford.
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: Tall Woman in Red Wagon (1974) - Ashbrook and Elmira, California, Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California - James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year, John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth, Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey - A big thank you to Terry Guy for help in identifying the train depot used in this episode - Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA

Need help in the two below photos:
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The bank sign over the shoulder of Jim Rockford is the key to identifying this filming location. I believe the bank sign is for the Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA.
Anybody remember where this sign once stood? Please let us know by leaving it in the comment section.
 
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The train depot use for this episode located in the cities of Ashbrook and Elmira, California - In this episode the Rockford Files used the same train depot for the two aforementioned cities. Thanks to Terry Guy, a viewer of this blog and pro photographer, we have learned that the train depot used was the  Santa Fe Railway station in Pasadena, CA.
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Train Station / Depot at Pasadena, CA - Terry Guy Wrote the following:

That picture was taken within the last two weeks of Amtrak service to that location.  The line from downtown Los Angeles out to Pasadena had been purchased by the Los Angeles County Transportation Agency for conversion into an electrified light rail line, and the Amtrak trains would switch to a more southerly routing into L.A. after January 14, 1994.  



Trains on what is now known as the MTA Gold Line still stop here, but the station building has been converted into a restaurant and is hemmed in by multistory, mixed-use, retail/residential buildings.  Attached is a picture I took of it in 2010. 

 


 

ABOVE IMAGE: Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California
 
ABOVE IMAGES: Some amazing Hollywood talent - LEFT TO RIGHT - Fellow Chicagoan James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year.
 
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Conductor (unaccredited)
 
  ABOVE IMAGE: Mob Thugs (unaccredited)
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Waitress (unaccredited)
 
ABOVE IMAGE: John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth
 
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another Filming Location Identified! - The Rockford Files - Episode: Where's Houston (1975) - Safeway Grocery Store with rooftop parking






This Safeway Food Store had rooftop parking. I would guess the store and the building are long gone... I believe this store was located either in or around Burbank, California. Anybody know what locations this was? Thanks!

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Thanks to an anonymous blog viewer we now have 100% confirmation of this filming location. 864 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272... It is now a CVS Drugs with the same rooftop parking area. You can match up the house on the street to both the 1970's photos (ABOVE) and to the 2012 photos (BELOW). Thank you to the person who sent this information in to us!




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Split image screen shot shows the intersection of
East Olive Ave and First Street, Burbank, CA

The Sunset Marquis Hotel
1200 Alta Loma Rd,  West Hollywood, CA 90069
LEFT IMAGE: Screen shot from this episode - RIGHT IMAGE: 2015
As Jim Rockford looks out the window of Room 105 of the Sunset Marquis Hotel, he sees police pulling up next door at the Park Wellington Condos located at 1131 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA 
 
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Attempting to identify these two actors.

Thanks to "Kosmo" the actor with the mustache is Del Monroe (1936-2009) - he played "Charlie"
 

ABOVE IMAGE: Unaccredited actress played the clerk
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Lane Bradbury played Houston