Saturday, January 21, 2017

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

 
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The outdoor grill located on the beach where Jim Rockford had parked his trailer had several names during the run of the TV series. In this episode the grill was called CASA TACOS.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Rockford Files - The Countess - James Garner as Jim Rockford - Tribute to Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) - Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 - Jan 21, 1999) - Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) - Todd Martin (FEB 11, 1927 - IMDB list him as alive today) - Actor Tom Atkins (Nov 13, 1935) - Jean Le Bouvier (Aug 19, 1920 - Apr 06, 1983) - Melvin F. Allen (Nov 23, 1933 - Sep 01, 1992) - Gretchen Corbett (Aug 13, 1945) - Harold J. Stone (Mar 03, 1913 to Nov 18, 2005) - Joe Santos (Jun 09, 1931 to Mar 18, 2016) - James Cromwell (Jan 27, 1940) - Art Lund (Apr 01.1915 to May 31, 1990) - Frederick "Fred" Fitz Apking (Nov 12, 1927 to Aug 25, 2006) - William Bryant (Jan 31, 1924 to Jun 26, 2001)

Below Images: The late Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 - Jan 21, 1999) played the very beautiful & sexy Deborah Ryder a.k.a. The Countess 













Below Images: We just lost actor Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) played the mobbed up villain Carl Brego.  U.S. Navy Veteran.

 They must of had a no belly button showing rule based on high he is wearing his pants



Below Images: 31626 Sea Level Drive, Malibu CA - This residence has since been torn down and replaced with a much larger home.





Below Images: Actor Todd Martin (FEB 11, 1927 - IMDB list him as alive today) played the motorcycle cop that "busted" Jim Rockford.

Below Images: Actor Tom Atkins (Nov 13, 1935) played the tough Lt Axel Diel  - His longtime partner David Lewell died in 2004.

Below Image: Actress Jean Le Bouvier (Aug 19, 1920 - Apr 06, 1983) played a party goer.

Below Image: Melvin F. Allen (Nov 23, 1933 - Sep 01, 1992) played the smooth operating cab driver.

These unaccredited actors played an old couple on the beach who witness the murder of Carl Brego.


Below Images: Jim Rockford's old flame and attorney Beth Davenport played by the beautiful Gretchen Corbett (Aug 13, 1945) Gretchen Corbett is one of a few surviving original cast members of the Rockford Files.

Above Image:  North Hollywood High School was used as a police station in this episode, located at Magnolia Blvd & Colfax Ave, Los Angeles, California


Below Image: The late great Harold J. Stone (Mar 03, 1913 to Nov 18, 2005) played the Godfather, Mr. Sorrell.

The late actor Joe Santos (Jun 09, 1931 to Mar 18, 2016) played Rockford's good buddy Sgt Dennis Becker.

Below Images: The late great James Garner as Jim Rockford. Look at some of that high tech 1970's gear! James Garner is a Korean War veteran with 2 Purple Hearts along with other awards/medals.





Below Image: Actor James Cromwell (Jan 27, 1940) played Terry the lucky tennis instructor for Susan Strasberg

Below Image: The late Art Lund (Apr 01.1915 to May 31, 1990) played Mike Ryder (Susan Strasberg's Husband) who ends up dying at the end of this episode.





Above Photo: Only the first few Rockford Files episodes has Rockford's trailer actually on Pacific Coast Highway next to the long gone Tonga Lei famous Malibu restaurant nightclub. See the sign above the trailer.



 ABOVE PHOTO: Left - Frederick "Fred" Fitz Apking (Nov 12, 1927 to Aug 25, 2006) Far Right -  William Bryant (Jan 31, 1924 to Jun 26, 2001) played two mob thugs




Above Image: The Jack In The Box and Malibu Inn restaurants on Pacific Coast Highway