Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85
By Dave McNary
December 4, 2015
Robert Loggia, a durable and versatile star of movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1986 “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85.
Loggia had been battling Alzheimers Disease for the past five years.
He was nominated for a Supporting Actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of a blunt private detective.
His most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” “Problem Child” and “Big,” in which performed a memorable duet on a giant piano with Tom Hanks. He was a Miami drug lord in “Scarface.”
Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the sseries “Mancuso FBI” and again in 2000 for his guest star role in “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Loggia was a versatile supporting actor, assembling credits on three different episodes of “The Rockford Files” as three different characters. He also portrayed a violent mobster named Feech La Manna on several episodes of “The Sopranos.”
Loggia was a native of Staten Island, born to Italian immigrants. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began classes with Stella Adler and at The Actors Studio.
“He loved being an actor,” his widow told Variety. “He used to say that he never had to work.”
“I loved Bob like a father,” Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns told Variety.
He broke into the entertainment business performing in stage plays in New York. His first film credit came in 1957 in the noirish “The Garment Jungle.”
His first TV credits came in 1958 as lawman Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows. Loggia’s TV credits included “The Untouchables,” “Columbo,” “Gunsmoke,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Big Valley,” “Rawhide,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Kojak,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Frasier” and “Monk.”
His other film roles include “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” “Over The Top,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Return to Me” and “Armed and Dangerous.”
Loggia is survived by his widow; three children, Tracy, John and Kristina, and a stepchild, Cynthia.
His family has asked that donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Loggia was an active supporter of the fund.
Funeral services will be private.
LOGGIA, Robert (Salvatore Loggia)
Born: 1/3/1930, Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Robert Logia’s westerns – actor:
The Many Lives of Elfego Baca (TV) – 1958-1960 (Elfego Baca)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Jose Maria Moran)
Overland Trail (TV) – 1960 (Cpt. Porfirio Diaz)
Cattle King – 1963 (Johnny Quatro)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Maria Jose Chappala)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Warren Trevor, Col. Arsenio ‘Arsenic’ Barbossa)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1965 (Lt. Cal Trapp)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Manuel Rojas)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Lt. Carlos Moreno)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Vern Hickson)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1968, 1970 (Chio, Grey Wolf)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982 (Thomas Stark)
Bad Girls – 1994 (Frank Jarrett)