“Joe Santos, who played Lt. Dennis Becker on ‘The Rockford Files’ has died,” reports TMZ.
Santos was 84.
The story continues, “Joe’s son, Perry, tells TMZ, Joe had a heart attack at his L.A. home Wednesday and was put on life support. He passed away Friday morning in a Santa Monica hospital.”
Notes TVLine, “In 1979, Santos was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal [as Becker], a role he inhabited for six seasons and several subsequent TV movies. His TV work also included ‘Hill Street Blues,’ ‘Hardcastle and McCormack,’ ‘Magnum, P.I.’ and ‘The Sopranos.’