Joe Santos

Jun 9, 1931 – Mar 18, 2016 (Age 84)


Joe Santos, a character actor known best for playing Lieutenant Dennis Becker on TV's "The Rockford Files" alongside James Garner, died March 18, four days after having a heart attack, according to multiple news sources. He was 84. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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#1 Rockford Files Fan!

A truly fantastic man and actor. I grew up with the Rockford Files and loved it. I even dedicated a blog which reveals all the filming locations for the TV series.

The entire cast of the Rockford Files has to go down as one of the best set of actors for a TV series.


Chicago Police Detective William Kazupski

I am sorry for your loss of a dear lived one. Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God's true thoughts are of peace for us, not pain. May reflection on his goodness comfort you.

I met Joe Santos at an acting class in 1983 at UCLA. He became quite a wonderful friend and mentor in my life during a time of much searching and learning.Although I lost touch with him over the ensuing decades, I will always be grateful for the time I did have with him.I am thankful to have met him,a most encouraging,inspiring,and compassionate soul, and truly talented actor!Photo just posted of a special memory in 1984 on the "Cover Up Set" with my mom. I will miss you Joe!

Cover Up set with Joe in 1984 myself, Betsy Thomas, and my mother,Joanna Champlin

Rest in Peace

To the Santos Family.I am very sorry for your loss.You have my sympathy.Your heart is pained because you have loss someone very dear to you.He was a man of exceptional talents.May you find comfort in the days ahead from the encouraging words of family, friends, and neighbors. May you find peace, calm, and solace also from Jesus promise of everlasting life. Jesus said,"Everyone exercising faith in him will have everlasting life. "-John3:16.Yes,Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ...

Mr. Minieri - a great actor who modeled what true friendship was all about on the Rockford Files. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family.