Robert Loggia 1930-2015

5 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Movie veteran Robert Loggia dead at 85.

The actor, who played drug lord Frank Lopez in movie classic Scarface and picked up an Oscar nomination for his role in Jagged Edge, died at his home on Friday (04Dec15), according to his wife Audrey.

Robert Loggia, the gravelly voiced character actor who danced with Tom Hanks on a giant floor keyboard in “Big,” fought aliens in “Independence Day” and trafficked in drugs in “Scarface,” died on Friday at age 85, his widow said. Famous for playing gangsters and bad guys, Loggia also appeared in Big, An Officer and a Gentleman, Prizzi’s Honor and on TV series The Sopranos – as mobster Feech La Manna. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in Mancuso FBI, and again in 2000 for his guest role in TV comedy Malcolm in the Middle. Army before embarking on an acting career, landing his first film role in 1956 film Somebody Up There Likes Me, which starred Paul Newman as boxer Rocky Graziano. He lost the best supporting actor Oscar to Don Ameche of “Cocoon.” Also in 1985, he starred alongside Jack Nicholson in director John Huston’s black comedy “Prizzi’s Honor,” which was nominated for a best picture Oscar.

His most famous role was in director Penny Marshall’s bittersweet comedy “Big” (1988) starring Hanks as a boy whose wish to become an adult magically comes true. Together they danced to the songs “Heart and Soul” and “Chopsticks” on the jumbo floor keyboard at New York’s fabled FAO Schwarz toy store in what was one of the famous cinematic scenes of the 1980s. Loggia said Marshall allowed him and Hanks a lot of freedom in deciding how the scene would unfold, giving them a cardboard mock-up of the keyboard a few weeks before the scene was shot. “She very cleverly said, ‘I don’t want you to look like trained dancers, but you do the melody and you … and Tom, you work it out for yourself.

He played a general who advises the president of the United States, played by Bill Pullman, as tentacled aliens in huge spaceships devastate cities worldwide.

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