Robert Loggia in 1993
January 3, 1930
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 4, 2015
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Alzheimer's disease|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
(m. 1954–1981; divorced)
(m. 1982–2015; his death)
|Children||3 children, 1 stepdaughter|
|Awards||Saturn Award (1988)
Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010)
Salvatore Loggia (January 3, 1930 – December 4, 2015), known as Robert Loggia, was an American actor and director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge (1985) and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for Big (1988).
In a career spanning over 60 years, Loggia performed in such notable films as The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Scarface (1983), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Oliver & Company (1988), Innocent Blood (1992), Independence Day (1996), Lost Highway (1997), Return to Me (2000), Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) and Independence Day: Resurgence (2016). He also made prominent appearances on television series such as Mancuso, FBI, The Sopranos, Malcolm in the Middle, and Men of a Certain Age.
Early life and education
Salvatore Loggia (Italian pronunciation: [salvaˈtoːre ˈlɔddʒa]), an Italian American, was born in Staten Island, New York on January 3, 1930, to Biagio Loggia, a shoemaker born in Palma di Montechiaro, Agrigento, Sicily, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker born in Vittoria, Ragusa, Sicily. He grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood, where the family spoke Italian at home. He attended New Dorp High School before going to Wagner College. Later he started courses towards a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri, but later switched to drama courses with Alvina Krause at Northwestern University.
Although Loggia made his first film in 1956, in an uncredited appearance, it was not until he was cast as a New Mexico lawman Elfego Baca, two years later, that he gained a breakthrough in Hollywood. Loggia was a radio and TV anchor on the Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone, and he came to prominence playing a real-life sheriff in Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, a series of Walt Disney TV shows. He later starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good circus artist, Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat, in a short-lived detective series called T.H.E. Cat, first broadcast in 1966. After NBC cancelled the series, when viewing figures failed to deliver, Loggia went into a mid-life crisis; a "Dante-esque descent into the inferno", as he called it later. For six years his career foundered, and his marriage fell apart. Restless and unnerved, constantly riddled with self-doubt, a chance meeting with Audrey O'Brien was a saving grace. She helped him out of the crisis, and they later married. Despite playing Frank Carver on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm in 1972, he took a new course, when he decided to begin a career in directing.
He also carried on acting, and amassed many television credits in a variety of roles, including appearances on Overland Trail, Target: The Corruptors!, The Untouchables, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point, Combat!, Custer, Columbo, Ellery Queen, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, Rawhide, Little House on the Prairie, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Magnum, P.I., Quincy, M.E., Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Bionic Woman, Falcon Crest, Frasier, The Sopranos, Monk, and Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms.
The director Blake Edwards often cast Loggia in his films in one of the minor and supporting roles. These included Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978); S.O.B. (1981), which was a satire about Hollywood; and the Pink Panther sequels.
Loggia also acted in several widely acclaimed films such as An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Scarface (1983), Prizzi's Honor (1985), and Independence Day (1996). Other films starring Loggia include Over The Top (1987), Necessary Roughness (1991), and Return to Me (2000).
Loggia was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the thriller Jagged Edge (1985) and 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 (1988). Loggia appeared as a mobster in multiple films, including: Bill Sykes, the immoral loanshark and shipyard agent in Disney's animated film Oliver & Company (1988), Salvatore "The Shark" Macelli in John Landis' Innocent Blood (1992), Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), and Don Vito Leoni in David Jablin's The Don's Analyst (1997). Additionally, he played violent mobster Feech La Manna in several episodes of The Sopranos.
In 1998, Loggia appeared in a television commercial lampooning obscure celebrity endorsements. In it, a young boy names Loggia as someone he would trust to recommend Minute Maid orange-tangerine blend. Loggia instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "Whoa, Robert Loggia!" The commercial was later referenced in a Malcolm in the Middle episode, in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor" (for which he received his second Emmy nomination); in it, Loggia drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp.
In addition to voicing Sykes in Disney's Oliver & Company, Loggia had several other voice acting roles, in multiple media, including: Admiral Petrarch in the computer game FreeSpace 2 (1999), the narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours (2006) game adaptation and the anime movie The Dog of Flanders (1997), crooked cop Ray Machowski in the video game Grand Theft Auto III (2001), and a recurring role on the Adult Swim animated TV comedy series Tom Goes to the Mayor (2004–2006).
In August 2009, Loggia appeared in one of Apple's Get a Mac advertisements. The advertisement features Loggia as a personal trainer hired by PC to get him back on top of his game. On October 26, 2009, TVGuide.com announced Loggia had joined the cast of the TNT series Men of a Certain Age.
In 2012, Loggia portrayed Saint Peter during his final imprisonment in The Apostle Peter and the Last Supper. Loggia partnered with Canadian entrepreneur Frank D'Angelo from 2013, appearing in three films (Real Gangsters, The Big Fat Stone, and No Depo$it), with a fourth film in production (Sicilian Vampire) at the time of Loggia's death.
Loggia reprised his role from Independence Day, General William Grey, in a cameo appearance in the 2016 sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, filmed shortly before his death. The film was released posthumously and dedicated to him.
Loggia was married to Marjorie Sloan from 1954 to 1981, with whom he had three children: Tracey (an actress), John (a production designer), and Kristina (an actress). Loggia and Sloan were divorced in 1981.
In 1982, Loggia married Audrey O'Brien, a business executive and the mother of his stepdaughter Cynthia Marlette. Loggia and O'Brien remained married until his death in 2015.
Illness and death
In 2010, Loggia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died on December 4, 2015, of complications from the disease, at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, at the age of 85.
Honors and recognitions
|1956||Somebody Up There Likes Me||Frankie Peppo||Uncredited.|
|1957||The Garment Jungle||Tulio Renata||American crime film noir, directed by Vincent Sherman and Robert Aldrich, and written by Lester Velie and Harry Kleiner.|
|1958||Cop Hater||Detective Steve Carelli||American police procedural film, based on the 1956 novel Cop Hater by Ed McBain|
|The Lost Missile||Dr. David Loring||Science fiction film, directed by William A. Berke's son, Lester Wm. Berke, who had come up with the original story.|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||Joseph||American epic film, produced and directed by George Stevens.|
|1966||The Three Sisters||Solyony||Directed by Paul Bogart.|
|Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law||Elfego Baca|
|1969||Che!||Faustino Morales||American biographical drama film, directed by Richard Fleischer, and starring Omar Sharif as Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara.|
|1974||Two Missionaries||Marches Gonzaga|
|1977||First Love||John March||American romance film.|
|Speedtrap||Spillano||A police chase action film.|
|1978||Revenge of the Pink Panther||Al Marchione||The sixth film in The Pink Panther comedy film series.|
|1980||The Ninth Configuration||Lt. Bennish||
|Flatfoot in Egypt||Edward Burns|
|1981||S.O.B.||Herb Maskowitz||American film comedy, written and directed by Blake Edwards.|
|1982||An Officer and a Gentleman||Byron Mayo||American drama/romance film.|
|Trail of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois||The seventh film in The Pink Panther series.|
|1983||Psycho II||Dr. Bill Raymond|
|Curse of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois|
|Scarface||Frank Lopez||American crime drama film, directed by Brian De Palma, and written by Oliver Stone, a remake of the 1932 film of the same name.|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Eduardo Prizzi||American film, directed by John Huston.|
|Jagged Edge||Sam Ransom||American courtroom thriller, written by Joe Eszterhas, and directed by Richard Marquand.|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Michael Carlino||American action-crime comedy film, directed by Mark L. Lester.|
|That's Life!||Father Baragone|
|1987||Over the Top||Jason Cutler|
|Hot Pursuit||Mac MacClaren||American-Mexican action comedy film, directed by Steven Lisberger, and written by Lisberger and Steven Carabatsos.|
|The Believers||Lt. Sean McTaggert||A horror/neo-noir film, directed by John Schlesinger.|
|Gaby: A True Story||Michel Brimmer||American-Mexican drama biographical film, directed by Luis Mandoki.|
|Amazon Women on the Moon||Gen. McCormick|
|1988||Big||Mr. MacMillan||American fantasy comedy film, directed by Penny Marshall|
|Oliver and Company||Sykes|
|1989||Relentless||Bill Malloy||American crime film, directed by William Lustig.|
|Triumph of the Spirit||Father Arouch|
|1990||Opportunity Knocks||Milt Malkin||Comedy film, directed by Donald Petrie.|
|1991||The Marrying Man||Lew Horner|
|Necessary Roughness||Coach Wally Rig||American sports comedy film, directed by Stan Dragoti in his final film.|
|1992||Gladiator||Pappy Jack||American sports drama film, directed by Rowdy Herrington.|
|Innocent Blood||Sallie "The Shark" Macelli|
|1993||Flight from Hell-The Rescue of Flight 771||Captain Gordon Vette|
|1994||Bad Girls||Frank Jarrett||Western film, directed by Jonathan Kaplan, from a screenplay by Ken Friedman and Yolande Turner.|
|The Last Tattoo||Cmdr. Conrad Dart|
|I Love Trouble||Matt Greenfield|
|1995||Coldblooded||Gordon||Black comedy/thriller film about hitmen, directed by Wallace Wolodarsky.|
|Man with a Gun||Philip Marquand|
|1996||Independence Day||General William Grey||American epic science fiction disaster film, co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich.|
|1997||Lost Highway||Mr. Eddy/Dick Laurent||French-American neo noir psychological mystery thriller, written and directed by David Lynch.|
|Smilla's Sense of Snow||Moritz Jasperson||Released in the United Kingdom under the original 1992 novel title in Danish title: Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne.|
|The Don's Analyst||Don Vito Leoni|
|The Dog of Flanders||Grandpa Jehan||
|1998||Holy Man||John McBainbridge||Comedy film, directed by Stephen Herek.|
|Hard Time||Connie Martin||American crime film, directed by, and starring Burt Reynolds.|
|Wide Awake||Grandpa Beal||Comedy-drama film, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and produced by Cathy Konrad and Cary Woods.|
|1999||The Suburbans||Jules||Comedy-drama that satirizes the 1980s revival hype around the turn of the 21st century.|
|2000||Return to Me||Angelo Pardipillo||Romantic comedy-drama film, directed by Bonnie Hunt.|
|American Virgin||Ronny||Directed by Jean-Pierre Marois.|
|2001||Dodson's Journey||Opti Dodson|
|2005||The Deal||Jared Tolson||Political thriller film, directed by Harvey Kahn.|
|2006||Forget About It||Carl Campobasso||Directed by BJ Davis.|
|Funny Money||Feldman||Comedy film, directed by Leslie Greif.|
|Wild Seven||Mackey Willis|
|2008||The Least Of These||Father William Jennings|
|2009||Shrink||Dr. Robert Carter||American independent comedy-drama film, directed by Jonas Pate.|
|2010||Harvest||Siv||Received the Charlotte Film Festival Award for Best Actor.|
|The Life Zone||John Lation/Satan|
|The Grand Theft||General McAvoy|
|The Great Fight||Dr. Salvatore Reno|
|2012||Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Tommy Schlaaang||American comedy film, written and directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, creators of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.|
|Apostle Peter and the Last Supper||Apostle Peter|
|The Diary of Preston Plummer||John Percy|
|2014||An Evergreen Christmas||Pops|
|2015||Sicilian Vampire||Santino Trafficante Sr.||Canadian horror drama film, written, directed by, and starring Frank D'Angelo.|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||Retired General and former 43rd President William Grey||Posthumous release|
|1966||T.H.E. Cat||Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat||Main cast.|
|1976||Columbo: Now You See Him||Harry (the chef in charge of the kitchen)||Main cast.|
|1977||Rockford Files||Manny Arturis||Main cast.|
|1977||Raid on Entebbe||Yigal Allon|
|1978||Rockford Files||Russell Nevitt||Main cast.|
|1983||Emerald Point N.A.S.||Yuri Bukharin||Main cast.|
|1987||Echoes in the Darkness||Jay Smith||TV miniseries.|
|Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Wiliam M. Kunstler|
|1988||Favorite Son||Nick Mancuso||Political intrigue miniseries, that aired on NBC (in three parts).|
|1989||Mancuso, F.B.I.||Nick Mancuso||Main cast.|
|1991||Sunday Dinner||Ben Benedict||Main cast.|
|1993||Wild Palms||Senator Anton Kreutzer||TV miniseries.|
|1994||Picture Windows||Merce||1 episode.|
|1999||Joan Of Arc||Father Monet|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Victor||1 episode.|
|2003||Queens Supreme||Judge Thomas O'Neill||Main cast.|
|2004||The Sopranos||Feech La Manna||Appears in: Two Tonys, Rat Pack, Where's Johnny?, and All Happy Families....|
|2008||Monk||Louie Flynn||1 episode, Mr. Monk Takes a Punch.|
|2010–2011||Men of a Certain Age||Artie||Three episodes.|
Awards and nominations
|1985||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actor||Jagged Edge||Nominated|||
|1988||Cable ACE Award||Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Nominated|
|1988||Saturn Award||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor||Big||Won|||
|1993||Fangoria||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor||Innocent Blood||Nominated|
|1990||Primetime Emmy Award||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Mancuso, F.B.I.||Nominated|
|2001||Primetime Emmy Award||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Malcolm in the Middle||Nominated|
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