R.I.P. Robert Loggia

Veteran character actor Robert Loggia has died at his home in Los Angeles today at the age of 85. Loggia had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for five years and leaves behind his widow Audrey with whom he had been married for over three decades, three children, and a stepchild.

Starring in his first films back in the late 1950s, worked right up until this year with his last role being in the Canadian horror drama “Sicilian Vampire”. Along the way he scored peer recognition including an Oscar nominated turn in the 1986 courtroom thriller “Jagged Edge” alongside Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges, and an Emmy nominated role as the lead in the detective drama series “Mancuso, F.B.I.”.

His resume includes key roles in some major movies that ran the gamut in terms of critical and public appeal. Amongst the more notable titles are the likes of “Big,” “Scarface, “Independence Day,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Lost Highway,” “Psycho II,” “A Woman Called Golda,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” “The Marrying Man,” “Armed and Dangerous,” “Over the Top,” “Bad Girls,” “Hot Pursuit,” Triumph of the Spirit,” Disney’s “Oliver & Company,” “The Ninth Configuration” and three “Pink Panther” films.

Loggia also had a few big TV gigs, most notably a key role on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” an Emmy nomination for a guest spot on “Malcolm in the Middle” and classics liks “The Rockford Files,” “The Untouchables,” “Columbo,” “Gunsmoke,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Frasier,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Kojak,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Rawhide,” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”.

His family has asked that donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund of which he was an active supporter.