Joe Santos Dead The Rockford Files

Rockford Files' Joe Santos Dead at 84

Joe Santos, best known for playing The Rockford Files‘ Lt. Dennis Becker, died Friday. He was 84.

According to TMZ, which first reported the death, Santos suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was placed on life support, then died Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Monica.

In 1979, Santos was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Rockford Files‘ Becker, a role he inhabited for six seasons and several subsequent TV movies. His TV work also included Hill Street BluesHardcastle and McCormack, Magnum, P.I. and The Sopranos.

He is survived by a daughter and two sons.

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  1. Ro says:

    I loved him in the Rockford Files. :-(

  2. Mike says:

    R.I.P. Joe. He and James Garner played off of each other’s so good In The Rockford Files. Very entertaining.

  3. Carlos Lee says:

    He was great in “Rockford Files”. Lt. Dennis for over 20 years!

  4. pblo78 says:

    The first time i saw him was in A-TEAM. He played the good guy, i think… even tough i thought he could play well the bad one… Then i watched him on Some chapters or Rockford Files, specially those with Rita Moreno, and i liked him even more

  5. Sam America says:

    One of my favorite character actors! He was great on Rockford Files and every other show
    or movie I watch him in. They don’t make actors like him anymore! Too bad he never got
    his own show as a detective or cop or P.I. because it would have been great. RIP!

  6. Nero tTVFiddler says:

    One of the best character actors around – the Rockford Files would not have been the same without his Lt. Dennis Becker for Jim Rockford to spar with and befriend. Santos also played the role of Dennis Becker in the various Rockford TV movies throughout the 1990s. Always did a fine job.

    Outstanding talent. I was just looking at his acting credits on IMDB… Wow, he had a small part in the TV series ‘Naked City’ – from 1963! Also, a guest spot on ‘Room 222’ – from 1972. A long and successful career leading up to more recent work on the Sopranos.

    RIP Mr. Santos.