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Beau Bridges Becomes Jim Rockford's Daddy

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 19th 2010 9:45AM
The cast for NBC's 'Rockford Files' reboot just keeps getting cooler.

Dermot Mulroney has already been cast as the titular P.I., and 'Dollhouse' and 'Firefly' star Alan Tudyk will play Jim Rockford's cop friend, Detective Dennis Becker. Now, add Beau Bridges to the mix, as the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star will play Jim's father and BFF.

Bridges, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Jason Lee's dad on 'My Name Is Earl,' will co-star as Rocky, a truck driver who is not only his son's best pal, but the dispenser of (sometimes unsolicited) advice on Rockford's cases.The cast for NBC's 'Rockford Files' reboot just keeps getting cooler.

Dermot Mulroney has already been cast as the titular P.I., and 'Dollhouse' and 'Firefly' star Alan Tudyk will play Jim Rockford's cop friend, Detective Dennis Becker. Now, add Beau Bridges to the mix, as the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star will play Jim's father and BFF.

Bridges, who earned an Emmy nomination for playing Jason Lee's dad on 'My Name Is Earl,' will co-star as Rocky, a truck driver who is not only his son's best pal, but the dispenser of (sometimes unsolicited) advice on Rockford's cases.

The late Noah Beery, Jr. played papa to Rockford (James Garner) in the original series, which ran from 1974-80.

The remake, which is being written by 'House' creator David Shore and executive produced by Shore and 'Office' star Steve Carell, will find Mulroney playing Rockford as "a roguish private eye who tackles the dangerous, quirky and unpredictable cases that no other detective wants to handle," according to NBC.

'Rockford' is one of two big classic TV shows getting the makeover treatment for fall: Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Jean Smart, Daniel Dae Kim and Taryn Manning are starring in CBS' re-do of the Hawaii cop drama 'Hawaii Five-O.'

Bridges, meanwhile, who made memorable guest appearances recently on 'The Closer' and 'Desperate Housewives,' co-stars with George Clooney in the 2011 Alexander Payne big-screen dramedy 'The Descendants.'

He also reunites with 'Earl' son Lee in the upcoming big-screen thriller 'Columbus Circle,' and plays the dad of Alyssa Milano (who guest-starred on 'My Name Is Earl') in the romantic comedy 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend.'

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