Roy Huggins

Pseudonyms include John Thomas James, Thomas Fitzroy, John Francis O'Mara (1914-2002) Crime fiction lost an important pioneer when ROY HUGGINS died on April 3, 2002 in Santa Monica, California, at age 87. Although best known as the creator of such popular TV series as Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip and The Rockford Files, Huggins … Continue reading Roy Huggins

David Ross (The Outsider)

Created by Roy Huggins By all accounts, The Outsider was an above-average 1967 made-for-television movie, which served as a pilot for an equally well-regarded but short-lived TV series the following year. Created by Roy Huggins, a man who knew a thing or two about P.I. shows, it certainly had potential, and I'm pleased to report … Continue reading David Ross (The Outsider)

What Hath Rockford Wrought?

The Other Eyes of The Rockford Files   Much like Maverick, Rockford co-creator Roy Huggins' other hit show starring James Garner, The Rockford Files delighted in poking fun at its own genre, seeding the show with numerous cock-eyed takes on the private eye. Here are the most memorable: Gandolph "Gandy" Fitch  Created by Gordon Dawson … Continue reading What Hath Rockford Wrought?

Jake Axminster (City of Angels)

Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins "This is the city of Los Angeles, one of the least corrupt cities in the United States, and its police force is one of the most honest and efficient in the world. But it wasn't always so..." -- from the opening credits "They call LA the City of … Continue reading Jake Axminster (City of Angels)

Jefferson Keyes (Cool Million)

Created by Larry Cohen “I’m not a detective. I simply look for solutions to rather large problems.” JEFFERSON KEYES (played by James Farentino) was an enterprising former CIA agent who set himself up in business as a private eye (although he prefers "troubleshooter"), willing to take any case or solve any problem--for a flat fee … Continue reading Jefferson Keyes (Cool Million)

77 Sunset Strip (Stuart Bailey, Jeff Spencer, Rex Randolph and “Kookie”)

Created by Roy Huggins (1914-2002) "Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb!" Private eye STUART BAILEY was originally (and intentionally) quite a Chandleresque fellow, trudging through the mean streets of Los Angeles alone, carrying the weight of the world along with him in The Double Take, a quite satisfying 1946 P.I. novel by Roy Huggins. He … Continue reading 77 Sunset Strip (Stuart Bailey, Jeff Spencer, Rex Randolph and “Kookie”)

Stuart Bailey

Created by Roy Huggins (1914-2002)    Roy Huggins' decidedly downscale Los Angeles private eye STUART BAILEY appeared in one pretty good novel, The Double Take (1946), and launched a career. The novel was, as I said, a good one, one of those Chandleresque homages so prevalent in the forties, not quite reaching the lofty heights … Continue reading Stuart Bailey

Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)

Created By Roy Huggins And Stephen J. Cannell "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and number. I'll get back to you..." So began each weekly episode of The Rockford Files, which aired from 1974 to 1980 on NBC, certainly the most beloved private eye series to ever grace the television screen, … Continue reading Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files)