85 (passed away Dec. 4th, 2015)
Jan. 3rd, 1930
New York City, New York, USA
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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). Other notable appearances include An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Scarface (1983), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Big (1988), Independence Day (1996), and Lost Highway (1997), as well as television series such as The Sopranos and Malcolm in the Middle.
Born on Staten Island, to Beniamino 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.
After serving in the United States Army. He began a long career at the Actors Studio, studying under Stella Adler. At age 25, he made his debut on Broadway in The Man With the Golden Arm in 1955.
In addition to playing Sykes in Disney's Oliver & Company, Loggia had several other voice acting roles, in several media, including: as Admiral Petrarch in the computer game FreeSpace 2 (1999), as the narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours (2006) game adaptation, and in the anime movie The Dog of Flanders (1997), as 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 served as a director for episodes of Quincy M.E., Magnum P.I. and Hart to Hart.
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.
In 2010, Loggia was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and died (December 4, 2015), of complications from the disease, at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, aged 85.
In 2010, Loggia was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
On December 17, 2011, Loggia was honored by his alma mater, the University of Missouri, with an honorary degree for his career and his humanitarian efforts.
- Close friend of 'Merv Griffin' (qv).
- Graduated New Dorp High School, Staten Island, New York, in 1947.
- Began his acting career on Broadway in the 50s.
- In an interview on _"Pat Sajak Weekend" (2003)_ (qv), he talked about when he first expressed an interest in acting while in his early twenties. Initially, he was reluctant to tell his father what he wanted to do with his life and, when he finally confessed, his father was less than happy with his son's career choice. But, the man had blessed his son by simply telling Robert he had to go with how he felt and follow his passion.
- Graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Journalism in 1951.
- His hair and eyebrows are more than often dyed a brown-like color in his movies, so often that his naturally white hair comes as a surprise when seen in real life and in films without it.
- Father of actress 'Kristina Loggia' (qv); father-in-law of actor 'James LeGros' (qv).