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      Alex Rocco

      Alex Rocco

      Highest Rated: 98% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 4% Wired (1989)

      Birthday: Feb 29, 1936

      Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

      Prolific, Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco lent boisterous joie de vivre to numerous figures on both sides of the law in a four-decade career that included such projects as "The Godfather" (1972), "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973), "The Famous Teddy Z" (CBS, 1989-1990), "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) and countless others. Born Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr., on February 29, 1936 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was raised in the Boston suburb of Somerville by Italian immigrant parents. Rocco was locally infamous before he became famous: he orbited the city's organized crime scene, and began accumulating an arrest record in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s, he was associated with the notorious Winter Hill Gang, and his involvement in a 1961 assault that led to the six-year Irish Mob Wars prompted him to flee Boston for California. There, while tending bar in Santa Monica, he decided to explore acting, and studied with fellow Boston native Leonard Nimoy, who suggested he take speech lessons in order to rid himself of his thick Massachusetts accent. He also shed his last name, adopting Rocco from a company name on a bread truck; under his new moniker, he landed his first role, as a crazed biker in sexploitation legend Russ Meyer's "Motorpsycho!" in 1965. He soon settled into steady work as hoods or cops in projects ranging from Roger Corman's "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967) to Richard Fleischer's "The Boston Strangler" (1968), before earning his breakout role as veteran gangster Moe Green in "The Godfather." Rocco's show-stopping turn as Green, who was based on Bugsy Siegel, among other organized crime figures, boosted his profile from bit player to character actor and occasional star in both studio and independent projects like "Slither" (1972) and the cult favorite "Detroit 9000" (1973). He was still the go-to player for criminal types, most notably in Boston-set "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," where he played bank-robbing gangster Jimmy Scalise. Rocco also acted as the behind-the-scenes connection between star Robert Mitchum and members of the Winter Hill Gang, from whom he wanted to gain perspective on his character. Rocco also worked frequently with actor Alan Arkin, who admired his talent and cast him in several of his projects, including "Hearts of the West" (1975) and Arkin's second directorial effort, "Fire Sale" (1977). The 1980s found Rocco settled into a regular routine of character roles in features and on television series, including repeat turns as Nancy McKeon's father on several episodes of "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). The close of the decade saw Rocco earn an Emmy for his rich turn as fast-talking Hollywood agent Al Floss on Hugh Wilson's short-lived but critically-acclaimed sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z." The win led to a shift in Rocco's career - having spent much of his professional career playing thugs, he now essayed comic roles in films like "Get Shorty" (1996), Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do" (1997), and in numerous guest shots on TV, including a recurring gig as Roger Meyers, Jr., the boorish creator of the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons, on "The Simpsons." Rocco continued to work regularly throughout the 1990s and 2000s, playing boisterous, working-class guys in "The Wedding Planner" (2001) and Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty" (2006) and in recurring roles on "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-2004) and "Magic City" (Starz, 2012-2013). His final screen role, as an aging Hollywood agent, came on an episode of the cable sitcom "Maron" (IFC 2013-16). Rocco died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79 on July 18, 2015 in Studio City, California.

      Highest rated movies

      The Friends of Eddie Coyle
      The Godfather That Thing You Do!
      The Stunt Man
      Hearts of the West
      Lady in White
      Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
      Slither

      Photos

      CANNONBALL RUN II, (top to bottom): Susan Anton, Catherine Bach, Foster Brooks, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tim Conway, Tony Danza, Jack Elam, Michael Gazzo, Richard Kiel, Don Knotts, Ricardo Montalban, Jim Nabors, Louis Nye, Molly Picon, Charles Nelson Reill THE GODFATHER, Alex Rocco, 1972. THE GODFATHER, Alex Rocco, 1972. FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, Alex Rocco, Alan Arkin, 1974 FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, Alex Rocco, Kevin O'Morrison, 1973 DETROIT 9000, (AKA POLICE CALL 9000), FROM LEFT: JUNE FAIRCHILD, ALEX ROCCO, 1973 Episodes, from left: Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, Matt LeBlanc, Alex Rocco, 'Episode 308', Season 3, Ep. #8, ©SHO Episodes, Matt LeBlanc (L), Alex Rocco (R), 'Episode 308', Season 3, Ep. #8, ©SHO Episodes, Alex Rocco (L), Caroline Aaron (R), 'Episode 308', Season 3, Ep. #8, ©SHO CANNONBALL RUN II, Alex Rocco, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. THE WEDDING PLANNER, Alex Rocco, Jennifer Lopez, 2001, (c)Columbia Pictures DREAM A LITTLE DREAM, Victoria Jackson, Alex Rocco, 1989. ©Vestron Pictures Season 2, Alex Rocco (L), Jane Lynch (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Season 2, Jane Lynch (L), Alex Rocco (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Season 2, Jane Lynch (L), Alex Rocco (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Magic City, Alex Rocco, 'Castles Made Of Sand', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/20/2012, ©STARZPR Season 2, Alex Rocco (L), Jane Lynch (C), Megan Mullally (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Season 2, Alex Rocco (L), Jane Lynch (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Season 2, Alex Rocco (L), Jane Lynch (R), 'Season 2', 04/23/2010, ©STARZPR Magic City, Alex Rocco, 'Feeding Frenzy', Season 1, Ep. #2, 04/13/2012, ©STARZPR

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      9% 23% Don't Sleep Mr. Marino (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 38% Silver Skies Frank (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 0% The House Across the Street Mr. Barnes (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 24% And They're Off... Saul (Character) - 2011
      89% 79% Batman Year One Falcone (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Now Here Mr. Martin (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ready or Not Don Julio (Character) - 2009
      63% 62% Find Me Guilty Nick Calabrese (Character) $1.2M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Job Vernon Cray (Character) - 2003
      31% 34% The Country Bears Rip Holland (Character) $17.0M 2002
      17% 59% The Wedding Planner Salvatore (Character) $60.4M 2001
      16% 24% Dudley Do-Right Kumquat Chief (Character) $9.8M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man Unknown (Character) - 1998
      29% 38% Goodbye Lover Det. Crowley (Character) $1.9M 1998
      50% 57% Just Write Harold's Father (Character) - 1998
      94% 78% That Thing You Do! Sol Siler (Character) $25.9M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead of Night Bukowski (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 20% The Spy Within Bartender (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Uncle Frank (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 33% Boris and Natasha Sheldon Kaufman (Character) - 1992
      29% 50% The Pope Must Diet Cardinal Rocco (Character) $201.1K 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman Stieglitz (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Murder a Millionaire Walter (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Det. Locke (Character) - 1990
      4% 15% Wired Arnie Fromson (Character) $681.1K 1989
      71% 68% Lady in White Angelo 'Al' Scarlatti (Character) $282.7K 1988
      No Score Yet 100% Rock 'n' Roll Mom Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 17% Return to Horror High Harry Sleerik (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scenes From the Goldmine Nathan DiAngelo (Character) - 1987
      31% 53% Gotcha! Al (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 40% Badge of the Assassin Detective Bill Butler NYPD (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Time Jay (Character) - 1982
      62% 61% The Entity Jerry Anderson (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 81% P.K. and the Kid Les (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Perfekt The Boss (Character) - 1981
      91% 73% The Stunt Man Police Chief Jake (Character) - 1980
      40% 36% Herbie Goes Bananas Quinn (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 75% Voices Frank Rothman (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Ralph Corliss (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Mel Duvall (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 18% Rabbit Test Sergeant Danny Bonhoff (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 79 Park Avenue Frank Millerson (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman for All Men Lt. Biase (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 71% Hustling Swifty (Character) - 1975
      71% 44% Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins Vinnie (Character) - 1975
      90% 43% Hearts of the West Earl (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
      23% 67% Freebie and the Bean D.A. (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Three for the Road Pete Karras (Character) - 1974
      25% 49% Detroit 9000 Lieutenant Danny Bassett (Character) $2.1K 1973
      98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Jimmy Scalise (Character) - 1973
      67% 57% Slither Man with Ice Cream (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 18% Stanley Richard Thomkins (Character) - 1972
      97% 98% The Godfather Moe Greene (Character) $134.8M 1972
      No Score Yet 33% Wild Riders Stick (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Brute Corps Wicks (Character) - 1971
      67% 63% Motorpsycho Unknown (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 60% Motor Psycho Unknown (Character) - 1965

      TV

      Credit
      75% 82% Maron David Rosen (Guest Star) 2015
      65% 71% Magic City Arthur Evans (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2012-2013
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      94% 92% Party Down Howard Greengold (Guest Star) 2010
      37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 85% ER Martin Trudeau (Guest Star) 2005
      15% No Score Yet dr. vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Bea Arthur (Guest Voice) 1999 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Charlie Gold (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 66% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 68% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      85% 76% The Simpsons Roger Meyers Jr. (Guest Voice) 1990 1996-1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Mel Slotkin (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      38% No Score Yet Partners Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      38% No Score Yet Can't Hurry Love Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      50% No Score Yet Sibs Howie Ruscio (Character) 1991-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Famous Teddy Z Al Floss (Character) 1989-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Charlie Polniaczek (Guest Star) 1981 1983 1985-1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Floyd Benson (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Dan (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Glen (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Ernie Santini (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet 64% The A-Team Sonny Monroe (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon U.S. Customs Agent Hank Galante (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ben Selwyn (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Walter Koether (Guest Star),
      Guest
      1972-1973 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Tony Curcio (Guest Star) 1973 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
      No Score Yet 79% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      72% 79% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967