Remembering Robert Loggia, A Gruff Character Veteran With An Odd Resume

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12.05.15 12 Comments
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Robert Loggia passed away on Friday at the age of 85 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but he’s not soon to be forgotten. Loggia was a long featured supporting actor over the years, gaining prominence in the 70s and 80s thanks to roles in films like Big and Scarface. But his career stretches much further back, beginning in 1951 through a variety of television and film appearances and concluding in 2012 following his diagnosis. He also gained some awards notoriety as reported by Variety, including an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for Jagged Edge:

Loggia’s most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Big,” in which he played a toy company owner and performed a memorable duet on a giant foot-operated piano with Tom Hanks. He played Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in “Scarface.”

Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the series “Mancuso FBI” — which has a spin-off of the character he created in the “Favorite Son” miniseries starring Harry Hamlin — and again in 2000 for his guest star role in “Malcolm in the Middle.”

But as we pay tribute to Loggia, it feels like the proper time to look back at the roles that make him worthy of your memories. He’s provided plenty of moments over the years, from the fun to the strange.

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