Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia (3 January 1930 - 4 December 2015) was an American Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated film and television actor who specialized in character parts.


Loggia played Frank Lopez.


Early lifeEdit

Loggia, an Italian American, was born in Manhattan, the son of Elena (née Blandino), a homemaker, and Benjamin Loggia, a shoemaker. After studying journalism at the University of Missouri and serving in the US Army, Loggia began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and television.


Loggia first came to prominence playing real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in a 1958 series of Walt Disney television shows. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. His many television credits included appearances on Columbo, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files 3 times as 3 different characters, Magnum, P.I., The Sopranos, and Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms.

His film roles included An Officer and a Gentleman, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, Independence Day, and Big. In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a crusty private detective in the thriller Jagged Edge, and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI, a follow up to the previous year's miniseries Favorite Son. Loggia also appeared as a mobster in two different films, he played the voice of Sykes in Oliver & Company (1988), and as Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), a film which reunited him with Independence Day co-star Bill Pullman.

In 1999, Loggia appeared in a television commercial that lampooned obscure celebrity endorsements. In it, a young boy inexplicably names Loggia as someone he would trust to recommend Minute Maid orange-tangerine blend; Robert Loggia instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "WHOA, Robert Loggia!" The commercial was referenced in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle, in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor"; Loggia drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp. He also starred in the direct-to-DVD film adaptation of V. C. Andrews' novel Rain.

Loggia also ventured into voice acting, in a recurring role on the Adult Swim animated comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor, as crooked cop Ray Machowski in the video game Grand Theft Auto III, as Admiral Petrarch in FreeSpace 2, and as the narrator of the Scarface: The World Is Yours game adaptation.

Loggia died on 4 December 2015, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Scarface GameEdit

Loggia was the narrator of Scarface: The World Is Yours.

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