Noah Beery Jr.

Noah Beery Jr.

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 1 Nov 1994 (aged 81)
Tehachapi, Kern County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Sheltering Hills, Lot 487, Space 3
Memorial ID 3519 · View Source
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Actor. Earthy, likable character player. He appeared in nearly 100 films during his 65-year career, but is best remembered for his Emmy-nominated role as "Rocky" on TV's "The Rockford Files". Beery was born in New York City, the son of actor Noah Beery, Sr. and nephew of Wallace Beery. He made his screen debut at age seven in "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) and continued to perform throughout his youth between stints at military academies. Unlike his father, an ace movie villain, and his tough-guy star uncle, Beery found his niche in genial supporting parts. He typically played the hero's buddy, such as Montgomery Clift's pal Buster in "Red River" (1948), and in B westerns starring Tom Mix, Johnny Mack Brown, and Buck Jones. He married Jones' daughter in 1940. Beery's other films include "Penrod" (1922), "Father and Son" (1929), "The Call of the Savage" (1935), the serial "Ace Drummond" (1936), "Of Mice and Men" (1939), "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939), "Sergeant York" (1941), "The Cat Creeps" (1946), "The Fastest Gun Alive" (1956), "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1957), "Inherit the Wind" (1960), "The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964), "Walking Tall" (1973), "Walking Tall Part 2" (1975), and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982). His first foray into television was with his own show, "The Adventures of Noah Beery, Jr." (1954), and he had largely settled into TV guest spots when he was cast as Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, the father of James Garner's character Jim Rockford, in "The Rockford Files". He received two Emmy nominations for the series, which ran from 1974 to 1980. Deteriorating health forced him to retire in 1985, though he attended occasional movie conventions until shortly before his death.

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