Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Actor Norman Burton (1923–2003) appeared in two episodes of the Rockford Files dies in auto accident

We missed this death but here is the information now.
Date of Birth5 December 1923New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death29 November 2003California, USA  (auto accident)

Norman Burton is reportedly a graduate of The Actor's Studio in New York. He appeared in professional stage productions of "Sound of Hunting", "Anna Christie" and José Quintero's production of Brendan Behan's "The Quare Fellow" in New York City. His film and TV career ran hot and cold, varying from good roles in major films to supporting roles in grade-B outings. A surprisingly little-remembered actor, he died in 2003.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Parker Anderson <parkerr86302@yahoo.com>

The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Markell / Melvyn Moss

- Return to the 38th Parallel (1976) ... Markell (as Normann Burton)
- The Big Ripoff (1974) ... Melvyn Moss (as Normann Burton)
His career in film and television was long and relatively successful, but he never achieved major recognition. He played the Hunt Leader, a gorilla, in the science fiction film Planet of the Apes, notable as being the first ape to be seen by both Taylor and the audience, and also appeared as a (human) army officer in the second sequel Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). In film, he is perhaps best known for his unconventional (and frequently disparaged) performance as Felix Leiter in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He played Will Giddings, an ill fated engineer, in the action film The Towering Inferno (1974), and his later films included The Gumball Rally (1976), Crimes of Passion (1984) and Deep Space (1988). He played Dennis Christopher's mean and ill fated boss in the slasher Fade To Black (1980).
On television, he is best known for his performance as Inter-Agency Defense Command's supervisor Joe Atkinson during the second season of the DC Comics-based fantasy adventure drama series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman starring Lynda Carter. He also played Burt Dennis in the situation comedy The Ted Knight Show in the spring of 1978, and appeared as General George Marshall in the 1988 television miniseries War and Remembrance. Throughout his life, Burton was a devotee of the method school of acting, and taught method acting in Lakeside, California.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia dies at 85 - Appeared in three episodes of the Rockford Files

Salvatore Loggia 
Born: January 3, 1930  in Staten Island, New York, USA
Died: December 4, 2015  (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA
The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Russell Nevitt / Manny Arturis / Dominic Marcon
- Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead (1978) ... Russell Nevitt
- Beamer's Last Case (1977) ... Manny Arturis
- Drought at Indianhead River (1976) ... Dominic Marcon
Date of Birth3 January 1930New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death4 December 2015Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameSalvatore Loggia
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bob starred in a television series in the late fifties. He played Elfego Baca in the Walt Disney series entitled, "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca." This was not a stand alone series but was part of Disney's weekly broadcast. Although the Disney program was quite popular, the legend of Elfego Baca was not as memorable as the Davy Crockett series that had starred Fess Parker. Not many people remember this story of the west.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Outis

Spouse (2)

Audrey Loggia(27 December 1982 - 4 December 2015) (his death)
Della Marjorie Sloan(28 March 1954 - 1981) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Distinctive raspy voice

Trivia (12)

Last name is pronounced Loh-jha.
His hair and eyebrows are more than often dyed a brown-like color in his movies, so often that his naturally white hair comes as a surprise when seen in real life and in films without it.
In an interview on Pat Sajak Weekend (2003), he talked about when he first expressed an interest in acting while in his early twenties. Initially, he was reluctant to tell his father what he wanted to do with his life and, when he finally confessed, his father was less than happy with his son's career choice. But, the man had blessed his son by simply telling Robert he had to go with how he felt and follow his passion.
Father of Kristina Loggia, John Loggia and Tracey Loggia with ex-wife, Marjorie Sloan.
Graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Journalism in 1951.
Served in the army.
Began his acting career on Broadway in the 50s.
Close friend of Merv Griffin.
Graduated New Dorp High School, Staten Island, New York, in 1947.
Has mentioned in interviews that he meditates often while working on films to keep himself calm and centered.
He has made guest appearances on both Hawaii Five-O (1968) and Hawaii Five-0(2010).

Personal Quotes (8)

(2011, on Scarface) We rehearsed our Scarface to the nines. Long period of rehearsal, so that by the time we started to shoot, it was almost like doing a play. We all had a grand time doing it. It was a wonderful cast. We all got along well together, and that's it...The acting talent, the cinematography, we were propelled into a real class action film. Long after I kick the bucket it'll be played.
(2011, on Prizzi's Honor) What stands out for me in that shoot is John Huston's daughter [Anjelica]. I don't know what adjective to use. He wasn't uncomfortable with her, but he felt that it would be better if I worked with his daughter more than he did. That I would shield Anjelica from any problems. So I became her off-screen mentor at the behest of John Huston. He wanted me to work with his daughter. He felt, I guess, uncomfortable doing it himself.
(2011, on Big) Well, when we came to the set, which was... what's the store? F.A.O. Schwartz. We went up there, Tom [Hanks] and I, we see two guys dressed like we were, and they were going to shoot [the piano dance scene] with just the feet. We thought that was ridiculous. We told the guys who were dressed like we were to take a hike. So we were full-figure, which made it much more of a classic scene. Tom and I did all the dance. Full-figured view...It didn't take long at all, really. Just about one take.
(2011, on A Woman Called Golda) I worked with Ingrid [Bergman]. Ingrid and I became very close during filming. She became Golda Meir. She had a problem with her circulation in her left arm. So the whole time it was swollen. She was in pain. Ingrid and I became very, very close in the film. I think it became a real classic.
(2011, on playing a lot of different ethnicities in your career) I'd have to thank Stella Adler for that. She didn't want her actors to be a one-trick pony. An actor is an impersonator; he plays many different roles. If you played the same role all the time, God that'd be a boring career. When you take on different roles and become a different person, that's called acting ... It's a challenge. When you read a script, you don't want to be the same guy all the time, you want to change, you're a different person. That's why acting is a wonderful career. You're not the same guy all the time.
(2011, on Independence Day) It was a thrill to do that movie. For all the actors. It was challenging, and you stepped to the plate and try to hit it out of the park, I guess...You're dealing with aliens and all of that. It's an obvious challenge. Scripts like that don't come your way that often. It's nice to have it in my acting agenda. Nice to take it on.
(2011, on Mancuso, FBI) Well, I liked playing the cop. It should have gone on longer. I don't know why it was canceled, but Mancuso, FBI, it should have had a good long run, but it wasn't picked up. Maybe there was a problem with me. I have no idea.
(2011, on making Lost Highway) It's certainly in my memory book as a thrill. Working with David Lynch was like taking a bullet. A gun at you. Lost Highway is, I think, one of the best films I've ever been in. It'll endure a long, long time.

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.