Alex Rocco (born February 29, 1936) is an American actor. His roles have ranged from comedy to playing gangsters in Mafia movies.

Early life

Rocco was born Alexander Federico Petricone, Jr. in Cambridge, Massachusetts but raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, the son of Mary (née Di Biase; October 1909 - August 1978) and Alexander Sam Petricone.[1]

He moved to California in 1962 and began using the name Alex Rocco. He first worked as a bartender in Santa Monica, California and took acting lessons from actor Leonard Nimoy, a fellow Boston native. Nimoy was not impressed with Rocco's heavy Boston accent and told him to take speech lessons. Rocco followed through with Nimoy's instructions and after ridding himself of the accent came back to study under Nimoy and character actor and teacher Jeff Corey.


Rocco played the part of Moe Greene, a Las Vegas casino owner, in the film The Godfather. Greene's character represented the top Jewish mobster in the United States. He also played a gangster in the film The Friends of Eddie Coyle about the Boston Irish Mob. Other notable movies in which Rocco has appeared include The Wedding Planner, as Salvatore and appeared uncredited in Smokin' Aces. He also played a small part in the Disney/Pixar film, A Bug's Life as Thorny. In the film That Thing You Do!, Rocco played Sol Siler, the founder of Playtone Records.

He also has a recurring part in the long running animated series The Simpsons as the head of Itchy and Scratchy Studios, Roger Meyers, Jr.. In DVD commentaries, Rocco has expressed true gratitude to The Simpsons' staff for allowing him his first voiceover role. He has also taken a part on an episode of Family Guy (in the episode "Mind Over Murder", he had a memorable role as the masculine woman) and he is known for having played Charlie Polniaczek, Jo's father on The Facts of Life. From 1989 to 1990, Rocco was a regular on the television comedy series The Famous Teddy Z in which he played "Al Floss", a slick cheesy Hollywood talent agent and foil to Jon Cryer in the title role, an ex-mailroom clerk turned superagent. Rocco received an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for this role. In 1997, he appeared (along with Rodney Dangerfield) in the annual Thanksgiving episode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.

In 2008, he starred in Audi's Super Bowl commercial for the Audi R8 supercar. The commercial was inspired by one of the films Rocco was in: The Godfather. He portrays a rich man who finds the front fascia of his luxury car in his bed, a nod to the scene from the original movie in which Jack Woltz, a rich movie producer, finds the head of his prized racehorse in his bed.[2]

Personal life

After moving to Los Angeles, Rocco became a member of the Bahá'í Faith. He married Sandra Elaine Garrett (September 1, 1942–June 12, 2002)[3] on March 24, 1964. He adopted her son, director Marc Rocco (June 19, 1962–May 1, 2009).[4] They had a son Lucien, and a daughter Jennifer. Sandra died of cancer, aged 59. Rocco married Shannon Wilcox on October 15, 2005.[5]


Year Film Role Notes
1965 Motorpsycho Cory Maddox Alternative titles: Motor Mods and Rockers and Rio Vengeance
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Diamond
1968 The Boston Strangler Detective at Apartment of Victim #10 Uncredited
1972 The Godfather Moe Greene
1973 The Friends of Eddie Coyle Jimmy Scalise
1973 Slither Man with Ice Cream
1974 Three the Hard Way Lt. Di Nisco
1975 Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins Vinnie
1977 Fire Sale Al
1978 Rabbit Test Sergeant Danny Bonhoff
1980 Herbie Goes Bananas Quinn
1981 The Entity Jerry Anderson
1984 Cannonball Run II Tony
1985 Gotcha! Al
1987 Return to Horror High Harry Sleerik
1988 Lady in White Angelo "Al" Scarlatti Alternative title: The Mystery of the Lady in White
1989 Wired Arnie Fromson
1991 The Pope Must Die Cardinal Rocco Alternative title: The Pope Must Die(t)
1992 Boris and Natasha Sheldon Kaufman
1995 Get Shorty Jimmy Cap (Ray Bones' boss) Uncredited
1996 That Thing You Do! Sol Siler
1997 Just Write Harold's Father
1998 Goodbye Lover Detective Crowley
1999 Dudley Do-Right Chief
2000 The Last Producer Poker Player Alternative title: The Final Hit
2001 The Wedding Planner Salvatore Fiore
2002 The Country Bears Rip Holland
2003 The Job Vernon Cray
2006 Find Me Guilty Nick Calabrese Alternative title: Find Me Guilty: The Jackie Dee Story
Year Title Role Notes
1967 Batman Block Episodes: "A Piece of Action"
"Batman's Satisfaction"
1970 That Girl Biff 1 episode
1972 The F.B.I. Matt Wilnor 1 episode
1974 The Rookies Earl Fisher 1 episode
1977 Barnaby Jones Harry Stroop 1 episode
1978 The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Ralph Corliss telefilm with Carol Burnett
1980 CHiPs Ansgar Episodes: "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1"
"The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2"
1984 St. Elsewhere Roger Episode: "Breathless"
1985 The Golden Girls Glen Episode: "That Was No Lady"
The A-Team Sonny Monroe Episode: "Champ!"
1987 Rags to Riches Michael Rapp 1 episode
1989 Murphy Brown Al Floss 1 episode
1989–1990 The Famous Teddy Z Al Floss Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
1990 The Simpsons Roger Meyers, Jr. Episode: "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
1991–1992 Sibs Howie Ruscio 23 episodes
1994 The George Carlin Show Harry Rossetti 11 episodes
1995 Can't Hurry Love Michael, Annie's Father Episode: "Daddy's Girl"
1996 Mad About You Mark Slotkin Episode: "Outbreak"
The Simpsons Roger Meyers, Jr. Episode: "The Day the Violence Died"
1997 Early Edition Barney Kadison Episode: "Home"
Home Improvement Irv Schmayman 1 episode
The Simpsons Roger Meyers, Jr. Episode: "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"
1998 Michael Hayes Bernero 1 episode
1999 Family Law Goodman 1 episode
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Johnny "Giovanni Rossini" Rose Episodes: "Wedding Bells: Part 1"
"Wedding Bells: Part 2"
2001–2004 The Division John Exstead Sr. 14 episode
2005 ER Martin Trudeau Episode: "Two Ships"
2007 The Wedding Bells Larry Herschfield Episode: "The Fantasy"
2010 Party Down Howard Greengold Episode: "Constance Carmel Wedding"


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