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Alex Rocco (born February 29, 1936, died July 18, 2015) was 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.

Career

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 had 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 expressed true gratitude to The Simpsons' staff for allowing him his first voiceover role. He also took part on an episode of Family Guy (in the episode "Mind Over Murder", he had a memorable role as the masculine woman) and he was 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 portrayed 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 and death

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] Alex Rocco died on July 18, 2015, from pancreatic cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, at the age of 79.

Filmography

Film
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
class="wikitable sortable" 2006 Jam Mick
2006 Smokin' Aces Serna
2009 Ready or Not Don Julio
2010 Now Here Mr. Martin
2011 Batman: Year One Carmine Falcone Voice
2011 And They're Off Saul Youngerman
2012 The House Across the Street Mr. Barnes
2014 Scammerhead Ben Sarnus
2015 Silver Skies Frank Posthumous release
2017 Don't Sleep Mr. Marino Posthumous release; Final film role

|- align="center" ! colspan=4 style="background:#B0C4DE;" | Television |- align="center" ! style="background: #CCCCCC;" | Year ! style="background: #CCCCCC;" | Title ! style="background: #CCCCCC;" | Role ! style="background: #CCCCCC;" | 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" |- |rowspan=2| 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" |- |rowspan=2| 1996 | Mad About You | Mark Slotkin | Episode: "Outbreak" |- | The Simpsons | Roger Meyers, Jr. | Episode: "The Day the Violence Died" |- |rowspan=3| 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" |- |{| class="wikitable sortable" |2012 |Magic City |Arthur Evans |4 episodes |- |2012 |Private Practice |Ed |Episode: "Aftershock" |- |2014–2015 |Episodes |Dick LeBlanc |2 episodes |- |2015 |Maron |David Rosen |Episode: "Stroke of Luck" |}

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