Monday, November 16, 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

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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



Thursday, September 17, 2015

World War II (WWII) Veteran & Actor Jack Carter 1922-2015 Dead at 93 - Played Marty Golden in the Rockford Files episode "The Becker Connection" 1977

Jack Carter served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.
Jack Carter was born on June 24, 1922 in New York, New York, USA as Jack Chakrin. He was an actor and director, known for Cavalcade of Stars (1949), The Hollywood Squares (1965) and Alligator (1980). He was married to Roxanne Wander, Paula Stewart and Joan Mann. He died on June 28, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: Dwarf in a Helium Hat (1978)

ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: John Pleshette (age 71) as Julius "Jay" Rockfelt and Gianni Russo (age 69) as Gianni Tedesco - The below images show the actors as they are in 2013.

ABOVE PHOTO: A very young Rick Springfield (age 64) played musician Keith Stuart, cutie Rebecca Balding (age 58) played Carol Lansing and the sexy Marie Reynolds played "Janique".

ABOVE PHOTO: Ernesto Pizza House was located at 6706 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (Notice the stars on the sidewalk) This location is currently Maui and Sons Bar & Grill.

ABOVE PHOTO: 6th and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles - The Original Express Burger Restaurant can be seen in the background. 

 ABOVE PHOTO: The old Los Angeles Downtown area - 6th and Main Street again.... The Greyhound Bus Station, The Continental Trailway Bus Station and Thrifty. 
 ABOVE PHOTO: The old Los Angeles Downtown area - 6th and Main Street again.... Hotel Cecil and Volunteers of America. 

 ABOVE PHOTO: The old Los Angeles Downtown area - 6th and Main Street again.... Hotel Cecil and Dearden's Department Store.

 ABOVE PHOTO: The old Los Angeles Downtown area - 6th and Main Street again.... Trailways Bus Station 
ABOVE PHOTO: The old Los Angeles Downtown area - 6th and Main Street again.... Yoel's Fashion 

BELOW PHOTOS: 11700 South Ventura, Los Angeles, CA (Corner of Colfax and Ventura Blvd)
Glenn Auto Radio & TV & The Wagon Shop Car Repairs. 


ABOVE IMAGES: Paris Or Le Bust Party House: 944 Airole Way - Los Angeles, CA 90077



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.

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.

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.


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
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.