Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rockford Files' James Garner Dead at 86 - U.S. Korean War Veteran and Internationally Beloved Actor - James S. Rockford passes away!

James Garner, star of 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files,' dies at 86



James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy's Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.
 
He was found dead of natural causes Saturday evening at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of 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

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

 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rockford Files - Episode: Second Chance (1977) - Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes, Actor Jack Garner, Shapiro Linen Supply, ALSCO 900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Highland and Willoughby, Rockfish

ABOVE IMAGE: Still image from "Second Chance" - Shapiro Linen Supply - located at  900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

ABOVE IMAGE: The building used in Rockford Files "Second Chance". In this episode this business / building was called Shapiro Linen Supply. The building is ALSCO now and its located at 900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 

ABOVE IMAGE: James Garner's brother Jack Garner returns again to the Rockford Files, this time as the bartender. Also seen in this image is Isaac Hayes as the infamous Gandolph Fitch.
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick do a fabulous job in this episode of the Rockford Files.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

 
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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Rockford Files - Episode: The Deep Blue Sleep (1975) - Hill Street Blue star Michael Conrad played George Macklan - Ric Mancini played Ray Porter, a very young Robert Hays of AIRPLANE! fame played Darren Weeks, beautiful Janet MacLachlan played fashion designer Adrienne Clarke and the great Robert Webber played Bob Coleman, Gretchen Corbett played Beth Davenport and Joe Santos played Sgt. Dennis Becker - Melendy Britt played Millie, Doria Cook-Nelson played Margo Adams - Gas Station Scene - La Brea Ave and Willoughby Ave in Los Angeles, CA - abandoned factory buildings at Detroit Street and Willoughby Ave, GULF Gas Station and Mayberry Lincoln Mercury Dealership on Lankershim BLVD, residential mansion at 400 North Amapola Lane, Shopping Bag grocery store in Burbank, CA, Adrienne's Fashion Store 10118 Riverside Drive

 
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: This gas station seen in this episode of the Rockford Files was once located at La Brea Ave and Willoughby Ave in Los Angeles, CA
 
 
ABOVE PHOTO: In this scene still image, the prop squad car sits in front of the building that once stood across the street from the previously mentioned gas station at La Brea Ave and Willoughby Ave in Los Angeles, CA - If you look at the image above this image - you will see this building as it stood in 2011 across from where the service station was. This building has also been torn down.
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Building where fashion designer Adrienne Clarke was being held hostage. These abandoned factory buildings were once located at the intersection of Detroit Street and Willoughby Ave in Los Angeles.
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The top image is a still image from this episode and the bottom image reveals what these two houses seen in the Rockford Files look like today in 2014, almost 40 years later. The house on the left is 859 North Detroit Street and the house on the left has an address of 7158 Willoughby Ave - Los Angeles, CA
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Seen out Jim Rockford's car window is the long gone GULF Gas Station and Mayberry Lincoln Mercury Dealership - once located right off Lankershim Blvd and Riverside Drive in North Hollywood, CA
 
ABOVE IMAGE: The above mansion used in this episode of the DEEP BLUE SLEEP is located at 400 North Amapola Lane, Los Angeles, CA
 

ABOVE TWO IMAGES: In this episode, mob figures meet in the Shopping Bag grocery store parking lot 4744 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood CA (Once again thank you to TERRY GUY for this corrected location.)

ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The "SHOPPING BAG" Grocery Store location later became the Roger Dunn Golf Shops and now is a CVS Pharmacy
 

ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Jim Rockford and Beth Davenport arrive at Adrienne's Fashion Store which was located on the 10118 Riverside Drive
 
ABOVE PHOTOS: Hill Street Blue star Michael Conrad played George Macklan - Ric Mancini played Ray Porter, a very young Robert Hays of AIRPLANE! fame played Darren Weeks, beautiful Janet MacLachlan played fashion designer Adrienne Clarke and the great Robert Webber played Bob Coleman.
 
ABOVE IMAGES: Regular guest stars - the beautiful and sexy Gretchen Corbett played Beth Davenport and Joe Santos played Sgt. Dennis Becker - Melendy Britt played Millie and an unaccredited actress as a model.
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Doria Cook-Nelson played Margo Adams
 
 
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Rockford Files - Episode: Just by Accident (1975) Actress Susan Keller - Actor Sal Acquisto - the late great Fritzi Burr - funny man Gordon Jump - Michael Fox - Actress Beatrice Colen - Actor Oliver Clark - the beautiful actress E.J. (Edra Jean) Peaker - the late actor Fred Sadoff - Actor David Spielberg - Steven Keats - Joey Aresco - Neva Patterson - RACE TRACK LOCATION: Riverside International Raceway (sometimes known as RIV, RIR, or Riverside Raceway) Riverside, CA

Above Photo: Pioneer Used Cars Lot in North Hollywood, California

Above Photo: Hall of Records  227 north Broadway 
Los Angeles, CA

Above Photo: The Standard Gas Station that was once located at the corner of Lankershim Blvd and Riverside Drive - across the street from Mayberry Ford
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Below Photos: Some great actors and actresses appeared in this episode of The Rockford Files

 Above Photo: The late actress Neva Patterson

 Above Photo: the late actor Steven Keats and the very much alive actor Joey Aresco.
 
 Above Photo: Actor David Spielberg
 
 Above Photo: the late actor Fred Sadoff
 
 Above Photo: E.J. (Edra Jean) Peaker
 
 Above Photo: Great character actor Oliver Clark
 
 Above Photo: the late great character actress Beatrice Colen


Above Photo: Actor Michael Fox - He is the reason why Michael J. Fox added the "J" to his name. 
 
 Above Photo: Late great character actor Gordon Jump of WKRP fame.
 
 Above Photo: A regular on The Rockford Files, Fritzi Burr
 
 Above Photo: His only acting credits are for his two appearances on The Rockford Files, Sal Acquisto
 
Above Photo: The beautiful Susan Keller 






RACE TRACK LOCATION: Riverside International Raceway (sometimes known as RIV, RIR, or Riverside Raceway) Riverside, CA