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'Rockford Files' regular Joe Santos dies at 84

'Rockford Files' regular Joe Santos dies at 84

Joe Santos, who played Lt. Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files," has died at 84.

Santos died Friday in Santa Monica after a heart attack earlier in the week, according to his agent, Alicia Beekman.

Santos' career spanned more than four decades, from a guest shot on "Naked City" in the early 1960s through a recurring role on "The Sopranos."

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But he was best known as Dennis Becker, the pal and grudging helpmate of Los Angeles private eye Jim Rockford (James Garner) on NBC's "The Rockford...