Robert Loggia

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Robert Loggia
Robert Loggia.jpg
BornSalvatore Loggia
(1930-01-03) January 3, 1930 (age 84)
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationWagner College
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationActor, director
Years active1951–present
Spouse(s)Marjorie Sloan
(1954-1981)
Audrey O'Brien
(1982–present)
Children3 children (and 1 stepdaughter)
AwardsSaturn Award (1988)
 
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Robert Loggia
Robert Loggia.jpg
BornSalvatore Loggia
(1930-01-03) January 3, 1930 (age 84)
Staten Island, New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationWagner College
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationActor, director
Years active1951–present
Spouse(s)Marjorie Sloan
(1954-1981)
Audrey O'Brien
(1982–present)
Children3 children (and 1 stepdaughter)
AwardsSaturn Award (1988)

Robert Loggia (born Salvatore Loggia;[1] January 3, 1930) is an American actor and director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge.

Early life[edit]

Loggia, an Italian American, was born on Staten Island on January 3, 1930, the son of Benjamin Loggia, a shoemaker, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker,[2] both of whom were born in Sicily, Italy.[3][4] After studying at Wagner College and journalism at the University of Missouri (class of 1951) and serving in the U.S. Army, Loggia began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and television.

Career[edit]

Loggia was a radio and TV anchor in Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. Loggia first came to prominence playing the real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows in 1958. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. In 1972, he played Frank Carver on the CBS soap opera The Secret Storm.[5] His many television credits include appearances on Frasier, The Bionic Woman, Overland Trail, Target: The Corruptors!, The Eleventh Hour, Breaking Point, Combat!, Custer, Columbo, Ellery Queen, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Rawhide, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files (three times as three different characters), Magnum, P.I., Quincy, M.E., Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Sopranos, Monk, Oliver Stone's miniseries Wild Palms and Little House on the Prairie.

His film roles include An Officer and a Gentleman, Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771, based on the Air New Zealand Flight 103 incident, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor, Over The Top, Independence Day, Necessary Roughness, Return to Me, Armed and Dangerous, and Big (for which he won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor).

In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the thriller Jagged Edge. 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 appeared as mobsters in multiple films including Sykes in Disney's Oliver & Company (1988), Salvatore "The Shark" Macelli in John Landis' Innocent Blood and Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997) and The Don's Analyst (1997).

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. Robert Loggia instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "Whoa, Robert Loggia!"[6] The commercial was later referenced in an episode of Malcolm in the Middle in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor" (for which he received his second Emmy nomination); Loggia drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp. In a similar vein, Loggia has been parodied on an episode of the show Family Guy titled "Peter's Two Dads." Loggia also played a violent mobster named Feech La Manna on a few episodes of the series The Sopranos.

In addition to his role in Oliver & Company (1988), Loggia has had several other voice acting roles. 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, as the narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours game adaptation, and in the anime movie A Dog of Flanders (1997).[7]

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 joined the cast of the TNT series Men of a Certain Age.[8] The role had him teaming up again with his Necessary Roughness co-star Scott Bakula.

In 2010, he 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 humanitarian efforts.[9]

In 2012, Loggia portrayed Saint Peter during his final imprisonment in The Apostle Peter and the Last Supper.

Partial filmography[edit]

Film [10]
YearTitleRoleNotes
1956Somebody Up There Likes MeFrankie PeppoUncredited
1957The Garment JungleTulio Renata
1958Cop HaterDetective Steve Carelli
The Lost MissileDr. David Loring
1965The Greatest Story Ever ToldJoseph
1966The Three SistersSolyony
Elfego Baca: Six Gun LawElfego Baca
1969Che!Faustino Morales
1977First LoveJohn March
SpeedtrapSpillano
1974Turn the Other CheekMarches GonzagaBilled as Roberto Loggia
1976ColumboHarry BlandfordOne episode Now You See Him...
1978Revenge of the Pink PantherAl Marchione
1980The Ninth ConfigurationLt. Bennish
Flatfoot in EgyptBarns
1981S.O.B.Herb Maskowitz
1982An Officer and a GentlemanByron Mayo
Trail of the Pink PantherBruno Langois
1983Psycho IIDr. Bill Raymond
Curse of the Pink PantherBruno Langois
ScarfaceFrank Lopez
1985Prizzi's HonorEduardo Prizzi
Jagged EdgeSam Ransom
1986Armed and DangerousMichael Carlino
That's Life!Father Baragone
1987Over the TopJason Cutler
Hot PursuitMac MacClaren
The BelieversLt. Sean McTaggert
Gaby: A True StoryMichel
Amazon Women on the MoonGen. McCormickSegment: The Unknown Soldier
Uncredited
1988BigMr. MacMillan
Oliver and CompanySykesVoice Only
1989RelentlessBill Malloy
Triumph of the SpiritFather Arouch
1990Opportunity KnocksMilt
1991The Marrying ManLew Horner
Necessary RoughnessCoach Wally Rig
1992GladiatorPappy Jack
Spies Inc.Mac
Innocent BloodSallie "The Shark" Macelli
1993Flight from HellGordon
1994Bad GirlsFrank Jarrett
The Last TattooCmdr. Conrad Dart
I Love TroubleMatt, Chronicle Editor
1995ColdbloodedGordon
Man With a GunPhilip Marquand
1996Independence DayGeneral William Grey
1997Lost HighwayMr. Eddy
Smilla's Sense of SnowMoritz Jasperson
1997The Dog of FlandersGrandpa JehanVoice Only
English Version
1998Holy ManJohn McBainbridge
1999Joan Of ArcFather MonetTV
2000Return to MeAngelo Pardipillo
2000Malcolm in the MiddleVictor (Lois' Dad)TV
2006The SopranosFeech La Manna
2009ShrinkDr. Robert Carter
2012Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar MovieTommy Schlaaang
Apostle Peter and the Last SupperApostle Peter

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryFilm/TV ShowResult
1986Academy AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleJagged EdgeNominated
1988CableACE AwardBest Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic SpecialConspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8Nominated
Golden Precolumbian Circle AwardBest ActorGaby: A True StoryWon
1990Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActorBigWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesMancuso, FBINominated
2001Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesMalcolm in the MiddleNominated

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