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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 3, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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With his gravelly voice and tough-as-nails exterior, it would have been easy for veteran actor Robert Loggia to be relegated exclusively to playing the heavy. And he might have, were it not for his dogged determination, innate onscreen gravitas, and a few lucky breaks. After studying under famed acting instructor Stella Adler in New York, he scored roles off- and on Broadway before making his film debut in the Paul Newman vehicle "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956), as well as beginning a steady career on television. However, after the failure of his first starring series, "T.H.E. Cat" (NBC, 1966-67), Loggia almost called it quits. He eventually resumed acting, but found little satisfaction playing mostly thugs on series like "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-1980). Just as he was about to forgo acting in favor of becoming a director, Loggia landed a role that would change his life. In "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Loggia showed both audiences and filmmakers a whole new side of himself as Richard Gere's abusive father, suddenly making the transition from minor player to respected character actor. In 1983, he appeared with Al Pacino in the blood-soaked "Scarface," and was nominated for an Oscar...

With his gravelly voice and tough-as-nails exterior, it would have been easy for veteran actor Robert Loggia to be relegated exclusively to playing the heavy. And he might have, were it not for his dogged determination, innate onscreen gravitas, and a few lucky breaks. After studying under famed acting instructor Stella Adler in New York, he scored roles off- and on Broadway before making his film debut in the Paul Newman vehicle "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956), as well as beginning a steady career on television. However, after the failure of his first starring series, "T.H.E. Cat" (NBC, 1966-67), Loggia almost called it quits. He eventually resumed acting, but found little satisfaction playing mostly thugs on series like "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-1980). Just as he was about to forgo acting in favor of becoming a director, Loggia landed a role that would change his life. In "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), Loggia showed both audiences and filmmakers a whole new side of himself as Richard Gere's abusive father, suddenly making the transition from minor player to respected character actor. In 1983, he appeared with Al Pacino in the blood-soaked "Scarface," and was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a rumpled investigator in "Jagged Edge" (1985). Loggia scored roles in blockbusters like "Independence Day" (1996), while at the same time amazing audiences with performances like his recurring role of Tony Soprano's recently sprung enemy on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007). While not one to open a movie on the strength of his name, Robert Loggia instead remained one of the prolific, recognizable faces for generations in both film and on television.

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 Life Zone, The (2012)
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 Margarine Wars (2011)
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 Harvest (2010)
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 Shrink (2009)
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 Forget About It (2008)
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 3055 Jean Leon (2007)
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 Room and Board (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Manhattan's Little Italy
1948:
Made stage debut as Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew" at Wagner College
1951:
Served in US Army as a news reporter for the Caribbean Forces Network in Panama
1955:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Man With the Golden Arm"
1956:
Film debut, "Somebody Up There Likes Me"
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Made early TV appearances on "Studio One" and "Playhouse 90" (both CBS)
1958:
First starring film role, "The Lost Missile"
1958:
TV series debut, played title character in "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca", a 10-part series broadcast as segments of ABC's "Walt Disney Presents"
1960:
Acted in Off-Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic"
1963:
Broadway debut as Solyony in an Actors Studio production of Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters"; reprised role on the London stage and in the subsequent film version
1965:
Portrayed Joseph in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
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Starred in NBC series "T.H.E. Cat"; initial collaboration with director Boris Sagal, who helmed episodes
1969:
Played Faustino Morales in "Che!", a great 1960s film joke starring Jack Palance as Fidel Castro
1972:
Had role as Frank Carver on daytime serial, "The Secret Storm" (CBS)
1973:
Joined the CBS daytime serial "Search for Tomorrow"
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Returned to Broadway in production of David Rabe's "In the Boom Boom Room"
1976:
TV-movie debut, "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'" (NBC), directed by Sagal; also acted in Sagal's NBC movie "Mallory: Circumstantial Evidence"
1978:
First film with director Blake Edwards, "Revenge of the Pink Panther"; was featured in 1982 and 1983 "Panther" sequels
1980:
TV directorial debut, an episode of the NBC drama series "Quincy, M.E."
1980:
Directed pilot episode of "Magnum, P.I" (CBS)
1981:
Reteamed with Edwards on "S.O.B."
1982:
Portrayed Richard Gere's bullying, alcoholic father in "An Officer and a Gentleman"
1982:
Acted the part of Anwar Sadat in syndicated miniseries, "A Woman Called Golda"
1983:
Played Miami drug kingpin Frank Lopez in "Scarface"
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Appeared as KGB spy Admiral Yuri Bukharin in CBS series, "Emerald Point, N.A.S."
1984:
First TV project with Angie Dickinson, the CBS movie "A Touch of Scandal"
1985:
Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a two-bit detective in "Jagged Edge"; also played a mafioso in "Prizzi's Honor"
1986:
Fifth and last film (to date) with Edwards, "That's Life!"
1987:
Displayed the gentle side of his nature as the compassionate father of a young woman with cerebral palsy in "Gaby--A True Story"
1987:
Portrayed attorney William Kuntsler in HBO movie, "Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8"
1988:
Delighted audiences as a toymaker in "Big", dancing with Tom Hanks to the tune of "Heart and Soul" on a giant keyboard
1988:
Provided the voice of Sykes in animated "Oliver and Company"
1988:
Introduced the character of jaded FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the NBC miniseries "Favorite Son"
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Starred as title character in "Nick Mancuso, F.B.I." (NBC); earned sole Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1991:
Starred as a middle-aged widower who shocks his adult children by becoming engaged to a 30-year-old woman in the short-lived comedy series "Sunday Dinner" (CBS), executive produced and created by Norman Lear
1992:
Joined director John Landis for his mobster-vampire spoof, "Innocent Blood", playing gang boss Sal the Shark
1993:
Played the Senator, a messianic political leader at the head of a Scientology-like cult, in ABC's futuristic miniseries "Wild Palms", which reteamed him with Dickinson
1995:
Essayed mobster Carlo Gambino in CBS movie "Between Love and Honor"
1996:
Portrayed General William Grey in summer blockbuster, "Independence Day"
1997:
Appeared as a gangster in David Lynch's "Lost Highway"
1997:
Cast as the title character's American physician father in "Smilla's Sense of Snow"
1997:
Played Frank Torre in Showtime's "Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way", a biopic of the New York Yankees manager
1997:
Starred as Don Vito Leoni in the mob comedy "The Don's Analyst" (TMC), which reunited him with Dickinson
1998:
Offered a subdued and amiable turn as Grandpa Beal in M Night Shyamalan's "Wide Awake"
1999:
Contributed a cameo as Father Monet to the classy CBS miniseries "Joan of Arc"
1999:
Cast as yet another gangster, playing the small role of Don Ciccio in the Showtime miniseries "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story"
1999:
Narrated History Channel documentary, "Defeat at Waterloo: Napoleon vs. Wellington"
1999:
Appeared in commercials for Minute Maid orange juice
2000:
Was part of the all-star supporting cast (i.e., Carroll O'Connor, James Belushi, Daivd Allan Grier) for Bonnie Hunt's "Return to Me", starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver
2000:
Acted in Hugh Hudson's "I Dream of Africa", starring Kim Basinger as Kuki Gallmann, who escaped her monotonous life in Italy to become a leading wildlife advocate
2001:
Starred as Zack, a destitute, alcoholic man who has supposedly travelled back through time to convice his youthful self to change the course of his life in "All Over Again" (filmed 1999), an independent film shot on location in Chatanooga, Tennessee; screened at film festivals
2001:
Made guest appearance on the hit Fox series "Malcolm in the Middle" as Lois' father; received Emmy nomination
2003:
Joined the cast of "The Sopranos" as a mafia wiseguy released from prison
2005:
Cast opposite Christian Slater in the political thriller "The Deal"
2007:
Co-starred in "Funny Money" a film adaptation of the 1994 play written by Ray Cooney
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Education

Wagner College: Staten Island , New York - 1947 - 1949
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri - 1951
Actors Studio: New York , New York - 1955

Notes

"I'm a character actor in that I play many different roles, and I'm virtually unrecognizable from one role to another, so I never wear out my welcome." --Robert Loggia quoted in press material for "Opportunity Knocks" (1990).

"Life is very Dante-esque. Everybody goes through their midlife crisis, with ailments, lost prowess, lost ability, loss of loved ones, loss of mother. That's a big one.

"Age brings grief, but also understanding. Acting however, is a continually rejuvenating experience." --Loggia to Kathy Gilbert, Times & Free Press (Chattanooga, Tennessee), October 2, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Marjorie Loggia. Married in 1954; divorced; mother of Loggia's three children.
wife:
Audrey Loggia. Business executive. Second wife; married on December 27, 1982.

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father:
Benjamin Loggia. Shoe designer.
mother:
Elena Loggia.
daughter:
Tracey Loggia. Actor. Mother, Marjorie Sloan.
son:
John Loggia. Production designer, director, producer. Mother, Marjorie Sloan; produced and directed "Live Free and Die" (1998), with his mother (credited as Marjorie Loggia) in cast.
daughter:
Kristina Loggia. Actor. Mother, Marjorie Sloan; married to actor James Le Gros.
step-daughter:
Cynthia Marlette. Mother, Audrey Loggia.
son-in-law:
James Le Gros. Actor. Married to Kristina Loggia.
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