Movie veteran Robert Loggia dead at 85

Movie veteran Robert Loggia has died, aged 85.

The actor, who played drug lord Frank Lopez in movie classic Scarface and picked up an Oscar nomination for his role in Jagged Edge, died at his home on Friday (04Dec15), according to his wife Audrey.

She tells her late husband had been battling Alzheimer’s disease.

Famous for playing gangsters and bad guys, Loggia also appeared in Big, An Officer and a Gentleman, Prizzi’s Honor and on TV series The Sopranos – as mobster Feech La Manna.

He was also nominated for an Emmy Award in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in Mancuso FBI, and again in 2000 for his guest role in TV comedy Malcolm in the Middle.

Born in New York, the son of Sicilian immigrants studied journalism at the University of Missouri and served in the U.S. Army before embarking on an acting career, landing his first film role in 1956 film Somebody Up There Likes Me, which starred Paul Newman as boxer Rocky Graziano.

Loggia also directed episodes of TV shows Hart to Hart, Magnum, P.I. and Quincy M.E.

– Cover Media