He had two very specific goals for his term in Los Angeles: to answer as best as possible to the needs of the Italian community, and to support...
Robert Loggia, actor in movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1983 drama “Scarface” and “Big,” died at his home in Los Angeles at 85. Loggia had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past five years, according to his widow. They had been married for 33 years.
Loggia was born on Staten Island on January 3, 1930, the son of Beniamino Loggia, a shoemaker, and Elena Blandino, a homemaker, both of whom were born in Sicily, Italy. He graduated from New Dorp High School. After studying at Wagner College and journalism at the University of Missouri (class of 1951) and serving in the U.S. Army, he began a long career as a supporting player.
Loggia was a radio and TV anchor in Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of crusty private detective Sam Ransom in the thriller Jagged Edge. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI, a follow up to the previous year's miniseries Favorite Son.