Monday, February 15, 2016

The Rockford Files - EPISODE: This Case is Closed (1974) & Columbo - EPISODE: An Exercise in Fatality (1974) - Attempting to identify an unaccredited actress who appeared in these two TV series - My guess is she was a contract actress working with NBC/Universal Studios

We were attempting to identify an unaccredited actress who appeared in these two below titled TV series

The Rockford Files - EPISODE: This Case is Closed (1974) & Columbo - EPISODE: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)

She played Cathy / Kathy in the Rockford Files episode: This Case is Closed

We finally identified her as Susan Jacoby


BELOW IMAGES: Columbo (TV Series)
EPISODE: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)

Today, 04/27/2010, I was helping my kids with some stuff when my cell phone rang with a California area code... I was going to ignore it since most long distance calls on my cell phone are usually unsolicited sales calls.
To my surprise the caller identified himself as James McEachin. Mr. McEachin wanted to reach out to me about the letter I wrote him before he left for Kuwait, where he was going to in order to entertain our troops. A true American and also a war hero himself.
Mr. McEachin related that he didn't know the actress I was inquiring about. He stated that most likely it was just an extra that they used at the last minute to fulfill a short speaking role.
How delightful of this gentleman to reach out to me when he is packing for an overseas trip. This man is nothing but class! God bless you James McEachin and may your trip be safe and full of happiness!


Today, April 24th, 2012, I sent letters to two guest stars from the Rockford Files episode "This Case is Closed" (1974). One being the beautiful Sharon Gless and the other being the talented James McEachin. James is not only a great entertainer and actor but was also a highly decorated US Soldier. At the age of 18 he joined the US Armed Forces and served in the Korean War earning many medals of valor include the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Most of the other stars from this 1970's episode are no longer with us and I wish them Godspeed.

In these letters I enclosed copies of the images of the mysterious actress, asking them if they know who this actress was that appeared in the same episodes as they did. I will keep you informed of any answer(s) I may receive back from the aforementioned entertainers.


Anonymous said...

I would love to know who the actress is in the bottom image wear the bikini. She is smoking hot! WOW!

Anonymous said...

It's Cindy Williams, 'Shirley', from the Laverne and Shirley show.

Cindy WIlliams said...

Thank you for the compliment but that is not me.

In 1974 I was under contract and would not have been able to do an appearance on James Garner's Rockford Files.

Anonymous said...

I believe that is Lucille Ball, "I Love Lucy" had just been cancelled.

Anonymous said...

Check out "The Official James Garner Fan Page" on facebook. The host and some of the people on the page were part of the production crew

Andrew "Squiggy" Squigman said...

That really you, Cindy?

I had a huge crush on you. You were such a little hottie. yum yum.

Anonymous said...

The actress who played Aura Lee in "Aura Lee Farewell" turned up in other Universal shows of that era such as "Six Million Dollar Man" and "The Night Stalker." I wonder if the actress in this particular Rockford episode shows up in other Universal shows of the time? Or maybe she had some connection to Joseph Cotton? Niece or granddaughter, perhaps?

Brian said...

Hi Mike. I appreciate you bringing this to my (our) attention. It sure does look like the same actress. Is it not strange for an actress to have a speaking role in two different show not to be credited? Maybe not. I'm just guessing. She may have appeared in a few other shows too. Hard to say. Thanks again.

Don said...

I hope these links work. A few years ago there was a thread in The Official James Garner FB Page regarding this actress.

If the link works, you can scroll down and you will start seeing references to the Columbo episode, "An Exercise in Fatality," which was directed by Bernard Kowalski, who also directed her in the Rockford episode, so there is a link. The Columbo episode lists an actress named Susan Jacoby, but I don't know if that is her. She could also have a different last name nowadays.

Later in the thread, someone else suggested actress Ann Coleman, but I haven't had time to check.

Don said...

The actor website aveleyman dot com has the actress listed as Susan Jacoby, but unfortunately there is no cross-reference to different shows or movies. Only her Columbo episode is mentioned.

Don said...

John's catch of Ann Coleman in the Kojak episode "Wall Street Gunslinger" certainly looks possible. More at link:

Geno said...

Absolutely the same actress. The protruding left front tooth is the clincher.