Joe Santos, “Rockford Files” and “Sopranos” Star, Dies at 84

Joe Santos, the actor best known for his role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica of a heart attack. He was 84 years old. Joe Santos, "The Rockford Files...
Joe Santos, “Rockford Files” and “Sopranos” Star, Dies at 84
Written by Kimberly Ripley

Joe Santos, the actor best known for his role as Lt. Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, died on Wednesday in Santa Monica of a heart attack. He was 84 years old.

Son Perry Santos shared word of his father’s passing with TMZ. He said Joe Santos was placed on life support following his heart attack, but later passed away.

In a career that spanned more than four decades, Joe Santos played a recurring role on The Sopranos for several years. He appeared in the 2015 film Chronic. His first role that served as his big break into acting was in a long-defunct soap opera, The Doctors.

The sidekick of James Garner’s Jim Rockford role, Joe Santos played Dennis Becker from 1974 to 1980, receiving an Emmy Award nomination for his role.

In addition to his Rockford Files and Sopranos recurring roles, Joe Santos guest starred on TV shows including Magnum P.I., Hardcastle & McCormick, and Miami Vice.

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