From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Noah Lindsey Beery (August 10, 1913 – November 1, 1994), known professionally as Noah Beery, Jr. or just Noah Beery, was an American actor specializing in warm, friendly character parts similar to the ones played by his uncle Wallace Beery, although Noah Beery, Jr., unlike his uncle, seldom broke away from playing supporting roles. His father, Noah Nicholas Beery (known professionally as Noah Beery or Noah Beery, Sr.), enjoyed a similarly lengthy film career as a supporting actor. Beery was best known as James Garner's father, Joseph "Rocky" Rockford, in the 1970s television series The Rockford Files. Description above from the Wikipedia article Noah Beery, Jr., licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.