The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Return of the Black Shadow 

A gang of bikers beat up Jim and assault John Cooper's sister, leading Coop to seek vengeance by returning to a darker period in his past when he was in a biker gang.


William Wiard


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Paul Koslo ... 'Whispering Willie' Green
Dennis Burkley ... Thomas 'Animal' Nicholas
Joseph Burke ... Lenny
Bo Hopkins ... John Cooper
Laurie Jefferson Laurie Jefferson ... Gail Cooper
Andy Jarrell Andy Jarrell ... Phil
Jerry Ayres Jerry Ayres ... Robert Greis
Ken A. Anderson Ken A. Anderson ... Harry
Noah Keen ... Dr. Greenberg
Paul Mace ... Festus
Jack Garner Jack Garner ... Gas Station Attendant
Sandra de Bruin ... Nurse (as Sandra DeBruin)


After his sister and Rockford are attacked and brutalized by a biker gang, Coop goes undercover to locate them. Written by Anonymous

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While speaking with Coop after being laid up in the hospital by the motorcycle gang, Jim tells Coop the gang members are 'one percenters' (also expressed as "1%ers'). One percenters' are (usually) motorcycle club members who do not comply with the law, as opposed to the other 99% of the motorcycle riding population who do comply with the law. See more »


Though most of the signs at the gas station were covered with the name "Pro-Tec" some "Chevron" signs were seen. See more »


Jim Rockford: This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.
Florence Boyle: [beep, a very attractive voice comes on] Jim, this is Florence Boyle. You worked for my husband last month in Glendale. You were so helpful then, and, well, I have a problem of my own I'd like to discuss... confidentially of course...
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Wolf Pack
17 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Toward the end of The Rockford Files I always felt that Bo Hopkins joined the group of semi-regulars with an eye for a television series based on his character of John Cooper. Hopkins played a disbarred attorney who offered his services to James Garner after Gretchen Corbett left the series. He's got an interesting past and among other things he was a biker in his misspent youth.

So when Garner is roughed up by a motorcycle gang and his sister Laurie Jefferson is gang raped by the same gang, Hopkins hauls out the old Harley and goes on the hunt for them.

They're not exactly hard to find and Paul Koslo is the psycho freak leading the wolf pack.

This is one of the few Rockford Files episodes where Garner is not the primary protagonists leading me to think this was a possible pilot for a series based around Hopkins character. Might have made an interesting series at that.

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17 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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