Trivia / The Rockford Files

  • Casting Gag: "The Competitive Edge" features John Fiedler as a mental patient who thinks he is James Bond. The gag? Harold Sakata as fellow patient "John Doe".
  • The Danza: Rita Moreno as Rita Capkovic.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Stuart Margolin called the shots on two episodes (and two of the TV movies); James Garner directed "The Girl In The Bay City Boys' Club" (his only directing job).
    • Incidentally, although Garner's fellow participant in The Great Escape James Coburn never appeared on the show, he took his only turn in the director's chair with "Irving The Explainer."
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The opening scene of "The Big Ripoff" has Jim following none other than Chrissy Snow.
    • Jim's first client is The Bionic Woman, her father is Dr. Melnix, and her brother is Will Robinson.
    • Thomas Magnum honed his detecting skills under the alias Lance White.
      • And in Lance's second appearance, Orville Wright shows up as the nephew of Vern St. Cloud.
    • J.R. Ewing is (gasp!) a crooked investor, and his right hand man is Mort Metzger.
    • Beth's troublesome cousin is a young Arvin Sloane.
    • Odo is a highly eccentric, egotistical fashion designer.
    • Krystle Carrington shows up as one of Jim's old girlfriends.
    • Mike Stivic is a minor league football player.
    • Sheriff Bart is a fellow P.I. who teams up with Jim and Vern St. Cloud in "Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You".
    • Frank Burns is an unlikable doctor who, under false pretenses, involves Rockford in a behavioral psychology experiment.
    • Dennis' wife Peggy Becker is also Bob Hartley's sister Ellen.
    • Joe the Bodyguard is a former cop-turned-television star.
  • The Other Darrin: Rocky was played by Robert Donley in the pilot, before Noah Beery Jr. took over the role for the series proper.
  • You Look Familiar: James Garner's brother, Jack, appeared throughout the show's run as a number of different characters, one of which (Police Captain McEnroe) was a semi-regular in the final season and appeared in each of the reunion movies.