Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

20 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Godfather’ actor Alex Rocco dies aged 79.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rocco, the Emmy-winning character actor best known for taking a bullet through the eye as the Las Vegas casino boss Moe Greene in “The Godfather,” has died. Rocco’s career spanned five decades, and he remained active up until his death, including a recurring role on the Starz series “Magic City.” His distinctively gravelly voice made him a frequent tough-guy presence in both hardboiled tales (“The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” ”St. His confrontation with Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone — in which he condescended to the new boss: “I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!” — was among the movie’s many indelible scenes. “Without a doubt, my biggest ticket anywhere,” Rocco told the AV Club in 2012. “I went for.

I wouldn’t know how to play a Jew.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, shut up.’” The Boston-born Rocco also memorably voiced the cigar-smoking studio head of “Itchy and Scratchy” on “The Simpsons.” And he played Charlie Polniaczek on the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life.” Born on Feb. 29, 1936, as Alessandro Federico Petricone Jr. in Cambridge, Mass., Rocco studied acting under Leonard Nimoy on his arrival to Los Angeles. His first role was in a Russ Meyer film, 1965’s “Motor Psycho.” Nimoy helped rid Rocco of his thick Boston accent, and the actor would forever after find consistent work — from Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life” to “Family Guy” — for his singular voice.

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