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‘Scarface’ actor Robert Loggia dies at 85

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015,17:10 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Los Angeles | Robert Loggia, famously known as tough guy actor in movies and TV shows, died at the age of 85 on Friday at his home here.

Well know for his roles Brian De Palma’s 1983 drama Scarface and Big, Loggia had been battling Alzheimers Disease for the past five years, reported Variety. He was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for Jagged Edge in 1986 for his role of blunt private detective Sam Ransom.

Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the series Mancuso FBI. His notable film credits included An Officer and a Gentleman, Prizzi’s Honor, Independence Day and David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

Native of Staten Island, Loggia was born to Italian immigrants and started his carrier by performing plays in New York. His first film credit came in 1957 with The Garment Jungle.

His first TV credits came in 1958 in The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows.

Loggia’s wife Audrey, who was married to him for 33 years broke the news of his demise. He loved being an actor. He used to say that he never had to work. He never had to wait tables, Audrey said.

Loggia is survived by his widow; three children, Tracy, John and Kristina, and a stepchild, Cynthia.