Actor Robert Loggia Passes Away at the Age of 85
Just hours after the music world lost Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland, Hollywood is mourning the loss of another beloved figure. Variety reports that Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia has passed away at the age of 85, in his Los Angeles home. The actor's death was confirmed by his wife of 33 years, producer Audrey Loggia, who revealed he has been battling Alzheimer's Disease for the past five years.
Robert Loggia was born on January 3, 1930 in New York City, born to Italian immigrants. He received a football scholarship to Wagner College and transferred to the University of Missouri. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began taking acting classes with Stella Adler and at The Actors Studio. His first film role was in 1957's The Garment Jungle alongside Lee J. Cobb. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Jagged Edge, a thriller which also starred Jeff Bridges, Peter Coyote and Lance Henriksen.
He also had notable roles in classics such as Scarface, where he played Miami drug baron Frank Lopez and Big, which included the iconic FAO Schwartz piano scene with Tom Hanks. He also starred in An Officer and a Gentleman, Prizzi's Honor, Problem Child and Independence Day, just to name a few of his big screen credits. At the time of his death, the actor had two movies in post-production, Hospital Arrest and 12 Angry Men and Women.
Robert Loggia's work on the small screen was just as prominent as his feature film performances. The actor received two Emmy nominations, one for Best Lead Actor in a Drama series for Mancuso, FBI, a spinoff of a miniseries dubbed Favorite Son, and another for Best Guest Star in a Comedy Series for Malcolm in the Middle. He also played Feech La Manna on HBO's beloved series The Sopranos.
The actor is survived by his widow Audrey Loggia, children Tracey Loggia, John Loggia and Kristina Loggia, and a stepchild, Cynthia. The actor's family has asked that donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which he was an active supporter of. Funeral services will be private, and it wasn't disclosed when and where they may take place. Do you have a favorite Robert Loggia performance? Let us know if you'll be watching any of his movies or TV shows tonight in memory of this beloved and talented performer.