Robert Loggia, Tough-Guy Actor, Dies during 85

Robert Loggia, a maestro actor whose description of a decrepit investigator in a 1985 Joe Eszterhas film Jagged Edge warranted him an Academy Award nomination, died Friday during his home in Los Angeles. He was 85.

His mother of 33 years, Audrey, pronounced that he had been battling Alzheimer’s for a past 5 years.

Most tangible for personification tough-talking heavies in film and on TV, Loggia sported other vital film credits including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), as a womanizing father of Richard Gere’s character; Scarface (1983), personification Tony Montana’s (Al Pacino) cursed coach Frank Lopez; Prizzi’s Honor (1985), as a hermit in crime; and Big (1988), in that he danced alongside Tom Hanks on a oversized piano keyboard.

He played sullen toughs with a tongue-in-cheek panache. Loggia had a repeated purpose of Bruno Langois, a conduct of a French Connection, in dual of Blake Edwards’ Pink Panther escapades, and he portrayed Sallie (The Shark) Macelli, a mafiosi incited vampire, in a dim comedy Innocent Blood (1992).

In a thriller Jagged Edge, Loggia stood out as Sam Ransom, a P.I. hired by invulnerability profession Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) who works from a tummy to examine a heartless murder.

Loggia seemed in many TV movies, embody a army as Anwar Sadat in A Woman Called Golda (1982) with Ingrid Bergman, and on dozens on shows in guest-starring appearances.

Loggia starred in a 1989-90 NBC array Mancuso, F.B.I., an appendage of a impression he combined in a Favorite Son miniseries that starred Harry Hamlin; was a primogenitor in a ephemeral 1991 Norman Lear sitcom Sunday Dinner for CBS; and played Feech La Manna, an Italian mafiosi who also owned a bakery, on HBO’s The Sopranos.

Loggia also portrayed a psychiatrist treating Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho II (1983), and for Edwards, he also seemed in a Hollywood satire S.O.B. (1981) and as an alcoholic clergyman in That’s Life (1986).

His film résumé also includes personification Joseph in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Che (1969), The Believers (1987), Triumph of a Spirit (1989) and Opportunity Knocks (1990).

In a late 1950s, Loggia starred in The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, a array for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, then toplined a 1966-67 NBC array T.H.E. Cat as a late acrobat and burglar now operative as a bodyguard.

Loggia was innate Jan. 3, 1930, in New York on Staten Island. His high-school jaunty bravery warranted him a football grant to Wagner College in a borough. He got his initial ambience of behaving during a propagandize when he achieved in The Taming of a Shrew.

Loggia eliminated to a University of Missouri his youth year, entering a broadcasting school.

While during Missouri, he achieved in plays during circuitously Stephens College and Christian College and graduated with a broadcasting grade in 1951. He motionless to abstain a career as a newsman and continue with acting, though he was drafted, portion for dual years in a Army.

After a service, a former schoolmate incited agent, John Foreman, speedy him to make behaving his career. Loggia done his theatre entrance in a 1956 off-Broadway prolongation of The Man With a Golden Arm, personification a drug addict in a title, and landed an uncredited purpose in a Paul Newman fighting film Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956).

In a 1986 talk with UPI, Loggia pronounced a branch indicate for him came when T.H.E. Cat was canceled.

“I had always lived in New York,” he said, “and when a array died, we didn’t wish any some-more of Hollywood. we did a lot of roving and skiing. As we simulate on my life in 1969, we ask myself, ‘Who was that guy?’

“I didn’t wish to work. we was played out and had to re-spark myself. It was like slicing a engine on a craft and only gliding. … we was floating, looking for answers to a lot of questions. we went by a divorce and motionless to pierce to Los Angeles to strike out on my possess and live a bachelor’s life. That lasted dual weeks. we met my wife, Audrey, and that was it.

“When we came behind to Hollywood, we was a born-again actor. we re-established my certification as a good actor in episodic TV. For 6 years we seemed in some-more guest shots than we cared to. My initial pursuit was a two-part Mannix in [1975]. After that we never stopped working.”

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