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|Also Known As:||Salvatore Loggia||Died:||December 4, 2015|
|Born:||January 3, 1930||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Staten Island, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor director|
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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