The Rockford Files/The House on Willis Avenue

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The House on Willis Avenue
Season 4, Episodes 21 & 22
Airdate February 24, 1978
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Directed by Hy Averback
Produced by Chas. Floyd Johnson and
David Chase
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The House on Willis Avenue is the twenty-first and twenty-second episodes of the fourth season of The Rockford Files, and the eighty-eighth and eighty-ninth episodes overall.

Starring: James Garner (Jim Rockford)

Also Starring: Noah Beery (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford), Joe Santos (Sgt. Dennis Becker)

Guest Stars: Jackie Cooper (Garth McGregor), Simon Oakland (Vern St. Cloud), Howard Hesseman (Al Steever), Philip Sterling (County Supervisor Tom Nardoni), John Van Dreelen (Gunderson), Robert Hogan (Sgt. Ted Coopersmith)

Special Guest Stars: Pernell Roberts (Sgt. B.J. Anderson)

and Dennis Dugan (Richie Brockelman)

Co-Starring: Paul Fix (Joe Tooley), Russell Thorson (Arthur Kenner), Hank Brandt (Mr. Davis), Irene Tedrow (Mrs. Tooley), Lou Krugman (Sam Detonis)

with Brett Hadley (Computer Operator), Vince Howard (Billy Mahue), Vince Milana (Tim), Ben Wright (Derek Halsted), Jack Garner (1st Guard), Tom Stovall (Baker), Brian Culhane (2nd Deputy), Jay Fenichel (Morgue Attendant), Larry McCormick (Newscaster), Nancy Conrad (Receptionist)


Plot Overview

The mysterious death of a veteran private detective is investigated by Rockford, along with help from whiz-kid private eye Richie Brockelman.


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The Show

The short-lived show, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, was spun off from this episode, with Dennis Dugan and Robert Hogan reprising their roles for that series.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments