Noah Beery Jr.

Noah Beery Jr.


Noah Beery Jr.
TV: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Aug. 10, 1913 in New York, NY
Died Nov. 1, 1994 of stroke-related health problems in Tehachapi, CA

Noah Beery Jr. was a veteran character actor best known as the genial, folksy father of private detective Jim Rockford on television's "The Rockford Files."

Beery, who had a 60-year film and television career, was born into a family of great Hollywood character actors.

Beery became best known for his role in the 1974-1980 "Rockford" detective series that featured James Garner as the likable, hard-luck investigator of the series name. Beery played a retired trucker known affectionately as "Rocky."

Beery built a career playing a sidekick and pal, first in the movies and later in television. He appeared as a doughboy friend of Gary Cooper's in "Sergeant York" in 1941, a classic film biography about one of America's greatest World War I heroes.

He worked steadily in dozens of Westerns and serials.

Television work eventually became a staple for him. He appeared in such 1950s series as "Riverboat" and "Circus Boy." In the role of Joey the Clown, Beery played a father figure to a very young Mickey Dolenz, who later went on to become one of the Monkees singing group.

In 1983, Beery had a supporting role with Burt Reynolds in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Beery was the son of Hollywood character actor Noah Beery Sr. and the nephew of Wallace Beery, a versatile actor who won an Academy Award for his role in 1931's "The Champ."

The younger Beery was twice nominated for Emmy Awards for his work on "The Rockford Files."

His film credits include the 1940 version of John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men" and the 1960 courtroom drama "Inherit the Wind."

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