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Beau Bridges Joins 'Rockford Files'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 19th 2010 10:29AM
Beau_bridges_smiling_headshotIt's rare when you hear about a casting and just say to yourself, "Oh, perfect." Well, that happened today. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Beau Bridges is going to be Dermot Mulroney's father on NBC's new 'The Rockford Files.' It's not just that Bridges, older brother of Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, is a terrific actor; he's really right for the role.

In the original 'Rockford Files,' Noah Berry, Jr. played Rocky, Jim's father, who served as both Jim's buddy and foil. They hung out together and understood each other. Rocky had been a truck driver and had a no-nonsense, clear vision of things.

He'd give Jim advice or just voice his opinion, often in a wry way. Presumably in NBC's version, which 'House' creator David Shore is overseeing and also involves 'The Office's' Steve Carell as executive producer, Beau Bridges as Rocky will be the same kind of guy.

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Dermot Mulroney cast in new 'Rockford Files'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 27th 2010 11:01AM
dermot_mulroney_smilingIn what was probably the toughest pilot season casting decision yet, the choice of actor to play Jim Rockford has gone to... Dermot Mulroney. Yes, that's right. Dermot Mulroney will star in the remake of 'The Rockford Files.' And, no, Alex O'Loughlin was not the first choice. Kidding! Just kidding!

Mulroney did a brief turn on 'Friends' in 2003, but his most famous role was the object of Julia Roberts' obsession -- and Cameron Diaz's fiance -- in 'My Best Friend's Wedding.' 'The Rockford Files' is his first major shot at TV.

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Dermot Mulroney to Star in NBC's 'Rockford Files' Remake

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 26th 2010 10:03PM
Dermot MulroneyDermot Mulroney is headed to the small screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mulroney will star in the much anticipated NBC reboot of the 'Rockford Files.' In it, Mulroney will play the titular character, Jim Rockford, a "slightly crumpled" and "cynical" man who is "easily irritated by morons." Already, it's safe to say that Rockford will encounter many of them along the way.

The role was famously originated by James Garner, who led the show for six seasons on NBC. During that time, 'Rockford Files' won a slew of Emmys, including Best Actor in a Drama Series (Garner) in 1977 and Best Drama Series in 1978. The show was subsequently nominated for its final two seasons.

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