Mostly Credited As: Robert Loggia Birth Name: Salvatore Loggia Date Of Birth: January 03, 1930 (Age 85) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: New York City, New York Date Of Death: December 04, 2015 Cause Of Death: Alzheimer's disease Height: 5' 10 ½" (1.79 m)
Robert Loggia planned at first a career in journalism, then decided, nevertheless to opt for the theater and enrolled in The Actor's Studio at NY. His only and most important appearance in Broadway was in 1955 playing a role in "The Man with The Golden Arm " which was filmed that same year with Frank Sinatra. A year later Loggia appeared on his first film: In "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (Robert Wise) he plays along with Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Then he grabbed the title role in the Walt-Disney's Western series "The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca" (1958) and nearly ten years later in " T.H.E. Cat " (1967). However, Loggia only managed his breakthrough as a successful character actor when he decided to remove his hairpiece. From then on he was seen in many roles, often as the man who exudes a menacing atmosphere about him. Who doesn't remember his appearance as Richard Gere's tyrannical father in "An Officer and A Gentleman " (1981), or as an upper rogue in Blake Edwards' "Curse of the Pink Panther " (1983)? Remarkable were also his characterizations as mafia gangsters in Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1983) and in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honour " (1985). Robert Loggia received n Oscar nomination for his convincing role as a detective in Richard Marquard's exciting thriller "Jagged Edge" (1985). Loggia's part in Penny Marshall successful comedy "Big" (1988) is unforgettable as well in which he dances as a toy manufacturer with Tom Hanks on a huge keyboard. His extensive credits extend to all the fields of entertainment.