James "Jim" Scott Rockford is the main character on The Rockford Files. Jim is a struggling private investigator who lives in a small trailer on the beach in Malibu, California and drives a second-generation Pontiac Firebird. Unlike many other private investigators, he is a former convict, although he was falsely imprisoned. Instead of being a loner, he has a close relationship with his father Rocky, and his contact in the LAPD, Sgt. Dennis Becker. He has quite a large group of other colorful friends. He enjoys fishing and would rather spend time doing that than working.