Robert Loggia, 'Tough-Guy' actor, dies at 85

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Robert Loggia Dead at 85

Robert Loggia, the veteran actor whose portrayal of a seedy detective in the 1985 Joe Eszterhas film Jagged Edge earned him an Academy Award nomination, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, TMZ reported. He was 85.

His wife of 33 years, Audrey, said that he had been battling Alzheimer's for the past five years.

Most recognizable for playing tough-talking heavies in film and TV, Loggia sported other major film credits including An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), as the womanizing father of Richard Gere's character; Scarface (1983), playing Tony Montana's (Al Pacino) doomed mentor Frank Lopez; Prizzi's Honor (1985), as a brother in crime; and Big (1988), in which he danced alongside Tom Hanks on a over-sized keyboard.

He played surly toughs with a tongue-in-cheek panache. Loggia had the recurring role of Bruno Langois, the head of the French Connection, in two of Blake Edwards' Pink Panther escapades, and he played Sallie (The Shark) Macelli, a gangster turned vampire, in the dark comedy Innocent Blood (1992).

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 29: Robert Loggia attends the 'Margarine Wars' Los Angeles premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on March 29, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 13: Actor Robert Loggia attends the premiere of 'The End Of The Tour' at Writers Guild Theater on July 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Robert Loggia (L) attends the Norby Walters 25th annual night of 100 stars Oscar viewing gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actor Robert Loggia (L) and producer Audrey Loggia attend the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball presented by Mercedes-Benz at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 01: Robert Loggia arrives at the 'The Judge' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 01: Robert Loggia arrives at the 'The Judge' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actor Robert Loggia and Audrey Loggia attend the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Captain Phillips' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Actor Robert Loggia participates in The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel on July 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 28: Robert Loggia attends the 2012 Chiller Theatre expo at the Parsippany Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Parsippany City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Robert Loggia (R) attends the 22nd annual Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Gala at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 23: Robert Loggia arrives at the launch of 'Scarface' on Blu-Ray at the Belasco Theater on August 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MAY 08: Sports writer Bert Sugar and actor Robert Loggia attend the media reception for the 25th annual Ellis Island Medals Of Honor Ceremony & Gala at the National Musuem of the American Indian on May 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: (L-R) Actors Robert Loggia, Pell James and Bill Pullman attend the premiere of Magnet Releasing's 'Surveillance' at The Landmark Theatre on June 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 5: Actor Robert Loggia poses during the arrivals for the opening night performance of 'Oleanna' at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum on June 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Actor Robert Loggia attends the premiere of 'Shrink' held at Eccles Theatre during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 5: Kevin Dillon and Robert Loggia arrive at the 'Scarface: The World Is Yours' video game premiere on October 5, 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo By Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 6: Actor Robert Loggia (C) and his wife Audrey (L) pose with actress Anjelica Huston (R) at the Huston Gala 2005 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Actor Robert Loggia (R) and a unidentified guest attend the film premiere of 'Finding Neverland' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 11, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: The 15th Annual Night of Stars Oscar Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, United States on February 27, 2005 - Robert Loggia arrives to the 15th Annual Night of Stars Oscar Gala. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Robert Loggia who currently co-stars on the 'Soprannos' wearing Giorgio Armani 74s Sunglasses (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/WireImage for Safilo USA)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Robert Loggia attends a reception in honor of director Blake Edwards who will receive an Honorary Oscar at the 76th Academy Awards on February 26, 2004 at The Annex in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Robert Loggia and Wife during 'Cheaper By The Dozen' - Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Robert Loggia during 20th Anniversary of 'Scarface' at City Cinema Theaters in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
Scarface cast members, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Robert Loggia, reunite at the 20th Anniversary premiere event celebrating the theatrical re-release held at the City Cinemas Theatres in New York City on September 17, 2003 . The special edition DVD release debuts September 30. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Robert Loggia and Al Pacino during 'Scarface' 20th Anniversary Re-release Celebration - After Party in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Robert Loggia during 'Analyze That' World Premiere - Arrivals at The Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Actress Jeri Ryan and actor Robert Loggia at the 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA., Sept. 8, 2001. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
388292 05: Actor Robert Loggia attends the 10th Annual Ella Awards April 25, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
Actor Robert Loggia and Actress Loretta Swit attends The Las Hadas Sweet Sixteen Celebrity Sports Invitational on May 11, 1990 at the Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina in Manzanillo, Mexico. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend A Party for Richard Pryor on September 7, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend 43rd Annual SHARE Boomtown Party on May 4, 1996 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere of My Girl on November 3, 1991 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia attends Chasen's Super Bowl Party on January 27, 1991 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere of Working Girl on December 19, 1988 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend Ireland Fund Gala Honoring Maureen O'Hara on November 6, 1991 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia, wife Audrey O'Brien and daughter Cynthia Loggia sighted on July 23, 1991 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the birthday party for Senator Georgy Murphy on June 23, 1990 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 16, 1990 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere of The Field on December 12, 1990 at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hils, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the world premiere of Return To Me on April 3, 2000 at the Cineplex Odeon Cinema in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere party for Total Recall on May 31, 1990 at Observatory Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere party for Big on June 2, 1988 at FAO Schartz Toy Store in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien sighted on June 18, 1987 at Spago Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and wife Audrey O'Brien attend the premiere of Fire And Ice on February 3, 1987 at Mann Bruin Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Robert Loggia and coah Tommy Lasorda attend Hollywood All-Stars Baseball Game on August 29, 1987 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Robert Loggia during 51st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Robert Loggia, Peter Gallagher, Alan Alda and Bob Cooper (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
MANCUSO, F.B.I. -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Robert Loggia as Nick Mancuso -- (Photo by: Alice Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - 1989: Actor Robert Loggia, star of TV's 'Mancuso, FBI,' poses during a 1989, West Hollywood, California, photo portrait session. Loggia was known for his character acting television and film roles including, 'Big,' and 'Prizzi's Honor.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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In the thriller Jagged Edge, Loggia stood out as Sam Ransom, a P.I. hired by defense attorney Teddy Barnes (Glenn Close) who works from the gut to investigate a brutal murder.

Loggia appeared in many TV movies, include a stint as Anwar Sadat in A Woman Called Golda (1982) with Ingrid Bergman, and on dozens on shows in guest-starring appearances.

Loggia starred in the 1989-90 NBC series Mancuso, F.B.I., an offshoot of the character he created in the Favorite Son miniseries that starred Harry Hamlin; was the patriarch in the short-lived 1991 Norman Lear sitcom Sunday Dinner for CBS; and played Feech La Manna, an Italian gangster who also owned a bakery, on HBO's The Sopranos.

Loggia also portrayed the psychiatrist treating Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho II (1983), and for Edwards, he also appeared in the Hollywood satire S.O.B. (1981) and as an alcoholic priest in That's Life (1986).

His film résumé also includes The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Che (1969), The Believers (1987), Triumph of the Spirit (1989) and Opportunity Knocks (1990).

In the late 1950s, Loggia starred in The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, a series for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, then toplined the 1966-67 NBC series T.H.E. Cat as a retired acrobat and thief now working as a bodyguard.

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Loggia was born Jan. 3, 1930, in New York on Staten Island. His high-school athletic prowess earned him a football scholarship to Wagner College in the borough. He got his first taste of acting at the school when he performed in The Taming of the Shrew.

Loggia transferred to the University of Missouri his junior year, entering its journalism school.

While at Missouri, he performed in plays at nearby Stephens College and Christian College and graduated with a journalism degree in 1951. He decided to forego a career as a newsman and continue with acting, but he was drafted, serving for two years in the Army.

After his service, a former schoolmate turned agent, John Foreman, encouraged him to give acting a professional shot, and he landed an uncredited role in the 1956 boxing film Somebody Up There Likes Me.

In a 1986 interview with UPI, Loggia said a turning point for him came when T.H.E. Cat was canceled.

"I had always lived in New York," he said, "and when the series died, I didn't want any more of Hollywood. I did a lot of traveling and skiing. As I reflect on my life in 1969, I ask myself, 'Who was that guy?'"

"I didn't want to work. I was played out and had to re-spark myself. It was like cutting a motor on a plane and just gliding. -- I was floating, looking for answers to a lot of questions. I went through a divorce and decided to move to Los Angeles to strike out on my own and live a bachelor's life. That lasted two weeks. I met my wife, Audrey, and that was it.

"When I came back to Hollywood, I was a born-again actor. I re-established my credentials as a good actor in episodic TV. For six years I appeared in more guest shots than I cared to. My first job was a two-part Mannix in 1975]. After that I never stopped working."

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