Alex Rocco, mobster Moe Greene in ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 79

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Alex Rocco, Mobster Moe Greene in ‘The Godfather,’ Dies at 79.

The Emmy-winning character actor, who excelled at playing sleazy characters, also starred in ‘The Stunt Man’ and on ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Magic City.’ Alex Rocco, the veteran tough-guy character actor with the gravelly voice best known for playing mobster and Las Vegas casino owner Moe Greene in The Godfather, has died.

Born Alexander Federico Petricone in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rocco moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, taking classes with Leonard Nimoy (who taught him how to drop his heavy Boston accent) before making his film debut with a small part in 1965’s Motorpsycho. Rest in peace, ‘Pops.’ Love and miss you madly.” Rocco starred as a white Detroit detective who is reluctantly paired with a black detective (Hari Rhodes) in Arthur Marks’ Detroit 9000 (1973) and voiced an ant in A Bug’s Life (1998). “That was my greatest prize ever in life, because I did about eight lines as an ant, and I think I made over a million dollars,” he said in a 2012 interview.

Rocco won an Emmy Award in 1990 for best supporting actor in a comedy for playing sneaky Hollywood talent agent Al Floss on the short-lived CBS series The Famous Teddy Z, starring Jon Cryer. I mean that literally.” “When I got the part, I went in to Francis Ford Coppola, and in those days, the word was, ‘Read [Mazio Puzo’s] book,’ which I already did, and then the actor would suggest to him which part they would like. I wouldn’t know how to play a Jew.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, shut up.’ [Laughs.] He says, ‘The Italians do this,’ and he punches his fingers up. ‘And the Jews do this,’ and his hand’s extended, the palm flat.

I’ve been playing Jews ever since.” “And people on the golf course will say, ‘Hey, Alex, would you call my dad and leave a line from The Godfather?’ I say, ‘OK. “I buy you out, you don’t buy me out!” “He was bangin’ cocktail waitresses two at a time …” “Don’t you know who I am?” ’ [Laughs.] But I enjoy doing it. He came to L.A. in the early 1960s and made his movie debut in Motorpsycho! (1965), directed by Russ Meyer, and he was a henchman on Batman in 1967 in the episodes in which the Dynamic Duo meet up with the Green Hornet and Kato (the chief villain was Roger C.

My wife will give me a back hander.” Rocco worked frequently with Alan Arkin, being paired with him on such films as Freebie and the Bean (1974), Hearts of the West (1975), Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975) and Fire Sale (1977).

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