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ROCKFORD, Jim
(The Rockford Files)
(555-2368 [or 2867 or 9000]
c/o Rockford Private Detective Agency
Paradise Cove Trailer Colony
2354 Ocean Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA [Malibu area]

James Garner as Jim Rockford - The Rockford Files
 

Jim is an ex-con turned private detective. A veteran of the Korean war (5th Regiment Combat Team), Jim served five years of a twenty year sentence in San Quentin (C Block) for armed-robbery until new evidence earned him a pardon. Most days Jim would rather be fishing, but he’s got to pay the bills and so he charges $200 a day plus expenses for his private eye services.

Jim owns a gun but keeps it in a cookie jar in his mobile home [“I don‘t shoot it. I just point it“]. To get around, Jim drives a bronze-colored Firebird Esprit [License Plate # 853 OKG]. He keeps a small offset press in the back seat to print up instant business cards for any occasion. When Jim gets into a fist fight he is more likely to hurt his hand when he punches a guy in the face or get clobbered in the head from a sucker punch. But Jim is tenacious and no matter how much he gets abused, he always finds the energy to fight the good fight and come through for his clients.

Jim’s close friends included his crusty father, Joseph “Rocky” Rockford, a retired long-haul truck driver who nags Jim to get a real job; Beth Davenport, Jim’s lawyer and romantic interest; Sgt. [later Lieutenant] Dennis Becker, Jim’s police contact at the Wilshire Division of the LAPD; Dennis’ wife, Peggy; Evelyn “Angel” Martin, Jim’s cowardly ex-cellmate and con artist who constantly involves Jim’s in his less than legal shenanigans; Gandolph Fitch, a tough-talking black man; John, a former outlaw biker turned criminal lawyer who replaced Beth as Jim’s Lawyer; Meghan, a blind psychologist whom Jim truly cared for; and Rita Capkovic, a streetwise hooker.

Jim with his father Joseph
Jim with his father Joseph "Rocky" Rockford

Some of Jim’s rivals in the PI business included Richie Brockleman, an eager, novice investigator; and Lance White, a handsome, impeccably dressed male model/private eye who has no talent but gets all the glory [which really gets on Jim’s nerves].

When Jim is not on the job, he just likes to relax in his ocean side abode, watch some baseball or basketball on TV and maybe do a little fishing with his father, Rocky. Jim's favorite foods included Oreos, beer, a good steak dinner and a hearty, spicy taco from his favorite restaurant Casa Tacos.

"This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave a name and message. I'll get back to you."

Jim fields his personal and business messages on an answering machine. The recorded message proclaims "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave a name and message. I'll get back to you." Some classic messages left on the machine included:

“Jim, it‘s Nora at the Market. It bounced. Do you want us to tear it up, send it back or put it with the others."

"Jimmy, ol' buddy-buddy--It's Angel. You know how they allow you one phone call? Well, this is it. Hello?, Hello? Hello? Hello?!"

"This is Marie at Liberty Bail Bonds. Your client Todd Lehman skipped and his bail is forfeit. That's the pink slip on your '79 Firebird, I believe. Sorry, Jim. Bring it on over."

"This is Mrs. Mosely at the library. We billed you for your overdue book Karate Made Easy. We abuse our library, we don't get our cards renewed."

"This is the Message Phone Company. I see you're using our unit. Now how 'bout paying for it!?"

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