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 James Coburn never appeared on the show, he took The Great Escape 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 , her father is The Bionic Woman 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.