Vale: Joe Santos

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US actor Joe Santos, best known for The Rockford Files, has died aged 84.

He suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home but died in hospital.

Santos (pictured, right) played Lt. Dennis Becker alongside James Garner from 1974-80. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1979, reprising the role in Rockford telemovies.

Other TV credits included Police Story, Magnum P.I., Hardcastle and McCormick, The Blue Knight, Hunter, NYPD Blue, Santa Barbara, Quantam Leap, Miami Vice, Murder She Wrote and The Sopranos.

Film credits included The Panic in Needle Park, The Detective, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, Shaft’s Big Score!, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Blue Thunder, The Last Boy Scout and Chronic.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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