Friday 30 September 2016

Rockford Files star Joe Santos dies aged 84

Published 18/03/2016 | 18:01

Actor Joe Santos, who starred with James Garner in The Rockford Files, has died (AP)
Actor Joe Santos, who starred with James Garner in The Rockford Files, has died (AP)

Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker in the TV show The Rockford Files, has died at 84.

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Santos died in Santa Monica, California, after a heart attack earlier in the week, according to his agent Alicia Beekman.

Santos's career spanned more than four decades, from a guest shot on Naked City in the early 1960s through a recurring role on The Sopranos.

But he was best known as Lieutenant Becker, the pal and grudging helpmate of LA private eye Jim Rockford (James Garner) on NBC's The Rockford Files, which aired from 1974 to 1980 and scored him an Emmy nomination.

The New York-born actor also had guest roles on such series as Magnum, PI Miami Vice and Hardcastle & McCormick.

Santos most recently was seen in the 2015 film "Chronic."

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