Robert Loggia in 1983
January 3, 1930
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 4, 2015 (aged 85)|
Brentwood, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
(m. 1954; div. 1981)
Audrey O'Brien (m. 1982)
|Children||3 children, 1 stepdaughter|
|Awards||Saturn Award (1988)|
Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2010)
Salvatore "Robert" Loggia (January 3, 1930 – December 4, 2015) 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 sixty years, Loggia performed in many films, including 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), and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012). He also appeared on television series including the Walt Disney limited series, The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (starring role-1958), Mancuso, FBI (in which he starred-1989–1990), Malcolm in the Middle (2001), The Sopranos (2004), Men of a Certain Age (2011), and was also the star of the groundbreaking 1966–67 NBC martial arts / action series, T.H.E. Cat.
Early life and education
Salvatore Loggia was born in Staten Island, New York on January 3, 1930, to Biagio Loggia, a shoemaker born in Palma di Montechiaro, Province of Agrigento, Sicily, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker born in Vittoria, Province of Ragusa, Sicily. He grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood, where the family spoke Italian at home. He graduated from 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 still 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 made 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 The 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. At first, T.H.E. Cat appeared to be a success, Loggia said: "We're drawing about a 30 per cent share of the audience, which NBC considers fine for a new show with a new star." 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 his 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, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Big Valley, The Wild Wild West, Rawhide, Little House on the Prairie,"The Rockford Files", Starsky & 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 minor or 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 the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the crime thriller Jagged Edge (1985). He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, his first such honor, for portraying FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI (1989–1990), 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.
Loggia also appeared several times in the series Family Guy as himself, denoting the passage of time in boring events. The script would cut away to Loggia saying "Eight f***ing hours later", then back to the story, further along in the plot. 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 alongside his wife, Audrey, 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. 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|
|1958||Cop Hater||Detective Steve Carelli|
|The Lost Missile||Dr. David Loring|
|1963||Cattle King||Johnny Quatro|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||Joseph|
|1966||The Three Sisters||Solyony|
|Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law||Elfego Baca|
|1974||Two Missionaries||Marches Gonzaga|
|First Love||John March|
|1978||Revenge of the Pink Panther||Al Marchione|
|1980||The Ninth Configuration||Lt. Bennish|
|Flatfoot in Egypt||Edward Burns|
|1982||An Officer and a Gentleman||Byron Mayo|||
|Trail of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois|
|1983||Psycho II||Dr. Bill Raymond|
|Curse of the Pink Panther||Bruno Langois|
|1985||Prizzi's Honor||Eduardo Prizzi|
|Jagged Edge||Sam Ransom|
|1986||Armed and Dangerous||Michael Carlino|
|That's Life!||Father Baragone|
|1987||Over the Top||Jason Cutler|
|Hot Pursuit||Mac MacClaren|
|The Believers||Lt. Sean McTaggert|
|Gaby: A True Story||Michel Brimmer|
|Amazon Women on the Moon||Gen. McCormick||Uncredited|
Segment "The Unknown Soldier"
|Oliver and Company||Sykes|
|Triumph of the Spirit||Father Arouch|
|1990||Opportunity Knocks||Milt Malkin|
|1991||The Marrying Man||Lew Horner|||
|Necessary Roughness||Coach Wally Rig|
|Innocent Blood||Sallie "The Shark" Macelli|
|1994||Bad Girls||Frank Jarrett|
|The Last Tattoo||Cmdr. Conrad Dart|
|I Love Trouble||Matt Greenfield|
|Man with a Gun||Philip Marquand|
|1996||Independence Day||General William Grey|
|1997||Lost Highway||Mr. Eddy / Dick Laurent|
|Smilla's Sense of Snow||Moritz Jasperson|
|The Dog of Flanders||Grandpa Jehan||English dub|
|The Don's Analyst||Don Vito Leoni|
|1998||Wide Awake||Grandpa Beal|
|The Proposition||Hannibal Thurman|
|Holy Man||John McBainbridge|
|Hard Time||Connie Martin|||
|2000||Return to Me||Angelo Pardipillo|
|2001||Dodson's Journey||Opti Dodson|
|The Shipment||Frank Colucci|
|All Over Again||Zack|
|2005||The Deal||Jared Tolson|
|Forget About It||Carl Campobasso|||
|Wild Seven||Mackey Willis|
|2008||The Boneyard Collection|
|The Least Of These||Father William Jennings|
|2009||Shrink||Dr. Robert Carter|
|Obituary of the Sun||Samuel Levine|
|The Grand Theft||General McAvoy|
|The Great Fight||Dr. Salvatore Reno|
|The Life Zone||John Lation / Satan|
|2012||Apostle Peter and the Last Supper||Apostle Peter|
|Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie||Tommy Schlaaang|
|The Diary of Preston Plummer||John Percy|
|Margarine Wars||Grandpa Griswold|
|2013||Real Gangsters||Gaitanno 'Tanno'|
|Scavenger Killers||Dr. Montgomery|
|An Evergreen Christmas||Pops|
|The Big Fat Stone||Father Walter|
|2015||Bleeding Hearts||Sheriff Wilson|
|No Deposit||Sydney Fischer|
|Sicilian Vampire||Santino Trafficante Sr.|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||William Grey||Cameo|
|The Red Maple Leaf||Patrick Adams Senior||Posthumous release|
|2017||Cries of the Unborn||Mr. Lation||Posthumous release|
|1959||Wagon Train||Jose Maria Moran||Episode: "The Jose Maria Moran Story"|
|1959||Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond||Tom Grant||Episode: "The Hand"|
|1962||The Untouchables||Leo Mencken||Episode: "Takeover"|
|1963||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Driver||Episode: "You'll Be the Death of Me"|
|1965||Combat!||Etienne||Episode: "The Tree of Moray"|
|1965||Gunsmoke||Lieutenant Cal Tripp||Episode: "Chief Joseph"|
|1965||The Wild Wild West||Warren Trevor||Episode: "The Night of Sudden Death"|
|1966–1967||T.H.E. Cat||Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat||26 episodes|
|1968||The Big Valley||Vern Hickson||Episode: "The Profit and the Lost"|
|1968||The High Chaparral||Chio||Episode: "The Deceivers"|
|1974||Mannix||Mexican Police Inspector||Episode: “Bird of Prey”|
|1975||Starsky & Hutch||Ben Forest||Episode: “The Fix”|
|1976||Columbo||Harry||Episode: "Now You See Me"|
|1976||The Moneychangers||Tony Bear||2 episodes|
|1976||The Rockford Files||Manny Arturis||Episode: "Drought at Indianhead River"|
|1976||Wonder Woman||Hans Eichler||Episode: "Wonder Woman vs Gargantua"|
|1977||The Rockford Files||Manny Arturis||Episode: "Beamer's Last Case"|
|1977||Raid on Entebbe||Yigal Allon|
|1978||The Rockford Files||Russell Nevitt||Episode: "Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead"|
|1980, 1986||Magnum, P.I.||Philippe Trusseau||3 episodes|
|1982||A Woman Called Golda||Anwar Sadat||TV miniseries|
|1982||Little House on the Prairie||Thomas Stark||Episode: "Rage"|
|1983–1984||Emerald Point N.A.S.||Yuri Bukharin||16 episodes|
|1987||Echoes in the Darkness||Jay Smith||2 episodes|
|1987||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||William Kunstler||Television film|
|1988||Favorite Son||Nick Mancuso||Episode: "Part One"|
|1989–1990||Mancuso, F.B.I.||Nick Mancuso||20 episodes|
|1991||Sunday Dinner||Ben Benedict||6 episodes|
|1993||Wild Palms||Senator Anton Kreutzer||5 episodes|
|1993||Mercy Mission: the Rescue of Flight 771||Gordon Vette||Television film|
|1994||Picture Windows||Merce||Episode: "Armed Response"|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Father Monet||2 episodes|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Victor||Episode: "The Grandparents"|
|2000||Frasier||Stefano||Episode: "The Three Faces of Frasier"|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Justice Earl Clayton||Episode: "Final Appeal"|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Chandler Crowne||Episode: "Restoration"|
|2003||Queens Supreme||Judge Thomas O'Neill||13 episodes|
|2004||The Sopranos||Feech La Manna||4 episodes|
|2006||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Lew Petersen (voice)||Episode: "Saxman"|
|2008||Monk||Louie Flynn||Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes a Punch"|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Boatswain's Mate, Ed McKay, 1st Class||Episode: "Ho'apano"|
|2010–2011||Men of a Certain Age||Artie||3 episodes|
|2011, 2013||Family Guy||Himself (voice)||2 episodes|
|1999||Freespace 2||Adm. Petrarch|
|2001||Grand Theft Auto III||Ray Machowski|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Narrator, Civilian|
Awards and nominations
|1985||Academy Award||Best Supporting Actor||Jagged Edge||Nominated|||
|1988||Cable ACE Award||Best Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special||Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8||Nominated|
|1988||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actor||Big||Won|||
|1990||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Mancuso, F.B.I.||Nominated|
|1992||Fangoria Chainsaw Award||Best Actor||Innocent Blood||Nominated|
|2001||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Malcolm in the Middle||Nominated|
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