Alex Rocco at the 1990 Annual Emmy Awards, September 16.
Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr.
February 29, 1936
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||July 18, 2015 79) (aged|
Studio City, California, U.S.
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Sandra Elaine Garrett
(m. 1966;died 2002)
Shannon Wilcox(m. 2005)
Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr. (February 29, 1936 – July 18, 2015), known professionally as Alex Rocco, was an American actor. Often cast as a villain, he is best known for his portrayal of Moe Greene in The Godfather and his Primetime Emmy Award for Supporting Actor in a Comedy for The Famous Teddy Z . He did a significant amount of voice-over work later in his career, and was known for his gravelly voice.
A villain is an evil fictional character, whether based on a historical narrative or one of literary fiction. Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines him or her as "a cruelly malicious person who is involved in or devoted to wickedness or crime; scoundrel; or a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot". Its structural purpose is to serve as the opposition of the hero character and their motives or evil actions drive a plot along. In contrast to the hero, who is defined by their feats of ingenuity and bravery and their pursuit of justice and the greater good, a villain is often defined by their acts of cruelty, cunning and displays immoral behavior that can oppose or perverse justice. The antonym of a villain is a hero.
Morris "Moe" Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather and the 1972 film of the same name. The character's name is a composite of real Las Vegas mobsters Moe Dalitz, or possibly Moe Sedway, and Gus Greenbaum. However, both Greene's character and personality are actually based on Bugsy Siegel: his affiliation with the mob in Los Angeles, his involvement in the development of Las Vegas, and his flamboyant tendencies. Greene is portrayed in the movie by Alex Rocco.
The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the leaders of a fictional New York crime family. The story, spanning 1945 to 1955, chronicles the family under the patriarch Vito Corleone (Brando), focusing on the transformation of Michael Corleone (Pacino) from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.
Rocco was a member of the Bahá'í Faith.
Rocco was born as Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr. –1978) and Alessandro Sam Petricone (1896-1949) , a native of Gaeta, Italy.in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1936, but raised in nearby Somerville, the son of an Italian immigrant, Mary (née DiBiase; 1909
Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.
Somerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010, the United States Census lists the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010, it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the city was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award. It is home to Tufts University, which has its campus along the Somerville and Medford border.
Gaeta is a city and comune in the province of Latina, in Lazio, central Italy. Set on a promontory stretching towards the Gulf of Gaeta, it is 120 kilometres from Rome and 80 km (50 mi) from Naples.
According to organized crime turncoat Vincent Teresa, Alex was a hanger-on with the Winter Hill Gang of the Boston area. An unwanted advance toward Petricone's then girlfriend on Labor Day, 1961, touched off the Boston Irish Gang War of the 1960s. Georgie McLaughlin, who made the advance, was beaten by Winter Hill Gang members.Howie Carr, a Boston-area journalist and radio personality who has written extensively about the Boston underworld, has written that the young Petricone (whose nickname was "Bobo") was arrested in Charlestown in November 1961 along with Winter Hill boss Buddy McLean for questioning following the death of Bernie McLaughlin of the Charlestown Mob, the first murder of the war. Petricone was released without charge and moved to California in 1962. (When he returned to the Boston area in 1972 to play a bank robber in the film The Friends of Eddie Coyle , Petricone—now using the name "Alex Rocco"—set up a meeting between Robert Mitchum and local Irish-American gangsters to help Mitchum research his part as Eddie Coyle, a low-level Irish-American criminal. Rocco introduced Mitchum to Howie Winter, leader of the Winter Hill Gang. Another Winter Hill Gang member who met with Mitchum was Johnny Martorano, who had murdered Billy O'Brien, a low-level gangster. )
Organized crime is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for profit. Some criminal organizations, such as terrorist groups, are politically motivated. Sometimes criminal organizations force people to do business with them, such as when a gang extorts money from shopkeepers for "protection". Gangs may become disciplined enough to be considered organized. A criminal organization or gang can also be referred to as a mafia, mob, ring, or syndicate; the network, subculture and community of criminals may be referred to as the underworld. European sociologists define the mafia as a type of organized crime group that specializes in the supply of extra-legal protection and quasi law enforcement. Gambetta's classic work on the Sicilian Mafia generates an economic study of the mafia, which exerts great influence on studies of the Russian Mafia, the Chinese Mafia, Hong Kong Triads and the Japanese Yakuza.
Vincent "Fat Vinnie" Teresa (1930–1990) was an American mobster in the Boston branch of the Patriarca crime family who was a lieutenant of boss Raymond Patriarca.
The Winter Hill Gang is a structured confederation of Boston, Massachusetts–area organized crime figures, who are predominantly of Irish and Italian descent. It derives its name from the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville, Massachusetts, north of Boston. Its members have included notorious Boston gangsters Buddy McLean, Whitey Bulger, Howie Winter, Joe McDonald, Johnny Martorano, and Stephen Flemmi. They were most influential from 1965 under the rule of McLean and Winter until the takeover led by Bulger in 1979.
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. [ citation needed ]
A bartender is a person who formulates and serves alcoholic or soft drink beverages behind the bar, usually in a licensed establishment. Bartenders also usually maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. A bartender can generally mix classic cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Mojito.
Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles – Pacific Palisades to the north, Brentwood on the northeast, West Los Angeles on the east, Mar Vista on the southeast, and Venice on the south. The Census Bureau population for Santa Monica in 2010 was 89,736.
Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer, and songwriter. He was known for playing Spock in the Star Trek franchise, a character he portrayed in television and film from a pilot episode shot in late 1964 to his final film performance in 2013.
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 Las Vegas; although he sought an Italian role, director Francis Ford Coppola remarked "I got my Jew!" on seeing Rocco. [ citation needed ]Other notable films in which Rocco appeared include The Wedding Planner , as Salvatore and (uncredited) Smokin' Aces . In the film That Thing You Do! , Rocco played Sol Siler, the founder of Playtone Records.
Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
The Wedding Planner is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Adam Shankman, written by Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk, and starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.
Smokin' Aces is a 2006 action-comedy thriller film written and directed by Joe Carnahan. The film centers on the chase for Las Vegas magician turned mafia informant Buddy "Aces" Israel, on whom a one million dollar bounty is placed. The ensemble cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Common, Andy García, Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, Ray Liotta, Chris Pine, and Matthew Fox, all co-starring as the various individuals attempting to either capture or protect Israel.
In the fall of 1975, Rocco starred in the role of Pete Karras, a widowed father, writer, and photographer, in a 12-week CBS drama series Three for the Road , with Vincent Van Patten as his older son, John Karras, and Leif Garrett as his younger son, Endy Karras. After the death of their wife and mother, the Karrases sell their house, buy a recreational vehicle, and roam throughout the United States.
CBS is an American English language commercial broadcast television and radio network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.
Three for the Road is an American drama series that aired on CBS from September 14 to November 30, 1975. The series follows a recently widowed father and his two sons who in an attempt to assuage their grief, sell their house, procure a recreational vehicle, called the "Zebec", and travel around the United States. The program aired at 7 pm EST Sundays from September 14 to November 30, 1975 opposite The Wonderful World of Disney on NBC and The Swiss Family Robinson on ABC.
Vincent Van Patten is an American actor, former tour professional tennis player, and the commentator for the World Poker Tour.
He played Charlie Polniaczek, Jo's father on The Facts of Life . In 1989, he played Gus Keller in the Corey Feldman and Corey Haim movie Dream a Little Dream . From 1989–90, Rocco was a regular on the television comedy series The Famous Teddy Z as "Al Floss", a Hollywood talent agent. He received an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for this role in 1990. In 1997, he appeared (along with Rodney Dangerfield) in the annual Thanksgiving episode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement .[ citation needed ]
Rocco 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 voice-over role. He did further voice work on two early episodes of another Fox sitcom, Family Guy . Rocco did a voiceover on the 1998 Disney/Pixar film A Bug's Life , deeming it his "greatest prize in life" as he was paid $1 million to record eight lines.
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 played 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.He was also featured on the Starz cable channel's crime-drama series, Magic City .
After moving to Los Angeles, Rocco became a member of the Bahá'í Faith,and he appeared in a number of productions related to the religion over the years. He also thanked Bahá'u'lláh in his Emmy Award acceptance speech.
His first marriage was to Grace Petricone, and they had one daughter, Maryann. After moving to California, he married Sandra Elaine Rocco (September 1, 1942 – June 12, 2002)on March 24, 1964. He adopted her son, Marc King, who became known as Marc Rocco (June 19, 1962 – May 1, 2009), a film producer, screenwriter, and director. The couple had two children, a daughter Jennifer and a son, Lucien, and one grandson.
Sandra Rocco died of cancer, aged 59. Rocco remarried, to Shannon Wilcox on October 15, 2005.
Alex Rocco died on July 18, 2015 from pancreatic cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, at the age of 79.
|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 Outside Man||Miller|
|1973||Slither||Man with Ice Cream|
|1973||The Friends of Eddie Coyle||Jimmy Scalise|
|1973||Detroit 9000||Lieutenant Danny Bassett|
|1974||Three the Hard Way||Lt. Di Nisco|
|1974||Freebie and the Bean||D.A.|
|1975||Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins||Vinnie|
|1975||A Woman for All Men||Lt. Robert Di Biase|
|1975||Hearts of the West||Earl|
|1978||Rabbit Test||Sergeant Danny Bonhoff|
|1980||Herbie Goes Bananas||Quinn|
|1980||The Stunt Man||Police Chief Jake|
|1981||Nobody's Perfekt||The Boss|
|1982||The Entity||Jerry Anderson|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Tony|
|1985||Badge of the Assassin||Detective Bill Butler NYPD|
|1987||P.K. and the Kid||Les|
|1987||Return to Horror High||Harry Sleerik|
|1987||Scenes from the Goldmine||Nathan DiAngelo|
|1988||Lady in White||Angelo "Al" Scarlatti|
|1989||Dream a Little Dream||Gus Keller|
|1991||The Pope Must Die||Cardinal Rocco|
|1992||Boris and Natasha: The Movie||Sheldon Kaufman|
|1995||The Flight of the Dove||Bartender|
|1995||Get Shorty||Jimmy Cap||Uncredited|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Sol Siler|
|1996||Dead of Night||Bukowski|
|1997||Just Write||Mr. McMurphy|
|1998||Goodbye Lover||Detective Crowley|
|1998||A Bug's Life||Thorny||Voice|
|1999||Dudley Do-Right||Kumquat Chief|
|2000||The Last Producer||Poker Player #6|
|2001||The Wedding Planner||Salvatore Fiore|
|2001||Face to Face||Phil|
|2002||The Country Bears||Rip Holland|
|2003||The Job||Vernon Cray|
|2006||Find Me Guilty||Nick Calabrese|
|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|
|2016||Don't Sleep||Mr. Marino||(final film role)|
|1967||Batman||Block||Episodes: "A Piece of Action" and "Batman's Satisfaction"|
|1970||That Girl||Biff||1 episode|
|1971||Mission:Impossible||Tanner||Season 6 Episode 10 - "Blues"|
|1972||The F.B.I.||Matt Wilnor||1 episode|
|1972||Cannon||Hit Man||Season 2, Episode 11 - Hear No Evil|
|1973||Cannon||Walter Koether||Season 3, Episode 5 - Target in the Mirror|
|1973||Circle of Fear||Joseph Moretti||1 episode|
|1974||The Rookies||Earl Fisher||1 episode|
|1975||Cannon||Paul||Season 4, Episode 24 - Search and Destroy|
|1975||Three for the Road||Pete Karras||14 episodes|
|1977||Barnaby Jones||Harry Stroop||1 episode|
|1977||The Rockford Files||Sherman Royle||2 episodes|
|1977||Starsky & Hutch||Thomas Callendar||2 episodes|
|1977||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Ben Sylver||1 episode: Lou's Army Reunion|
|1978||The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank||Ralph Corliss||telefilm with Carol Burnett|
|1981–1988||The Facts of Life||Charlie Polniaczek||11 episodes|
|1980||CHiPs||Ansgar||Episodes: "The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party": Part 1 and Part 2|
|1984||St. Elsewhere||Roger||Episode: "Breathless"|
|1985||The Golden Girls||Glen O'Brien||Episode: "That Was No Lady"|
|1985||The A-Team||Sonny Monroe||Episode: "Champ!"|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Bert Yardley||Episode: "Christopher Bundy - Died on Sunday"|
|1987||Rags to Riches||Michael Rapp||1 episode|
|1989||Murphy Brown||Al Floss||1 episode|
|1989–1990||The Famous Teddy Z||Al Floss||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series|
|1990||The Simpsons||Roger Meyers, Jr.||Episode: 3 episodes|
|1991–1992||Sibs||Howie Ruscio||23 episodes|
|1994||The George Carlin Show||Harry Rossetti||11 episodes|
|1995||Can't Hurry Love||Michael O'Donnell||Episode: "Daddy's Girl"|
|1996||Pinky and the Brain||Floyd Nesbit||Episode: "Fly"|
|1996||Mad About You||Mark Slotkin||Episode: "Outbreak"|
|1996||The Simpsons||Roger Meyers, Jr.||Episode: "The Day the Violence Died"|
|1997||Early Edition||Barney Kadison||Episode: "Home"|
|1997||Home Improvement||Irv Schmayman||Season 7, Episode 9 - Thanksgiving|
|1997||The Simpsons||Roger Meyers, Jr.||Episode: "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show"|
|1998||Michael Hayes||Bernero||1 episode|
|1999||Family Law||Goodman||1 episode|
|1999||Family Guy||Soccer Mom||Episode: "Mind Over Murder"|
|1999||Sabrina The Teenage Witch||TV Executive||Episode: "Sabrina's Real World"|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||Johnny "Giovanni Rossini" Rose||Episodes: "Wedding Bells"|
|2001||Family Guy||Bea Arthur||Voice|
Episode: "Ready, Willing and Disabled"
|2001–2004||The Division||John Exstead Sr.||14 episodes|
|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"|
|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"|
Robert Charles Durman Mitchum was an American film actor, director, author, poet, composer, and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several classic films noir, and is generally considered a forerunner of the antiheroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known films include Out of the Past (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), and Cape Fear (1962). Mitchum was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Story of G.I. Joe (1945).
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James Joseph "Buddy" McLean was an Irish-American mobster boss, who was the original boss of the Somerville, Massachusetts-based Winter Hill Gang during the 1960s. McLean was well known throughout the Greater Boston area as an unstoppable street fighter. He accumulated injuries including several scars on his neck and face as well as a damaged left eye. A friend of McLean once said, "He looks like a choir boy, but fights like the devil".
Bernard McLaughlin was an Irish-American gangster from Charlestown, Massachusetts, and leader of "The McLaughlin Brothers" gang.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, published in 1970, was the debut novel of George V. Higgins, then an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston. The novel is a realistic depiction of the Irish-American underworld in Boston. Its central character is the title character Eddie Coyle, a small-time criminal and informant.
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Meatballs 4 is a 1992 film and the fourth and final installment in the Meatballs series of films. It was shot in its entirety at Bass Lake, California, in the late summer of 1991. Originally conceived as a comedy-drama titled Happy Campers, the project was retooled after production had begun to be part of the Meatballs series.
Brendan Coyle is an English-Irish actor. He won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for The Weir in 1999. He also played Nicholas Higgins in the miniseries North & South, Robert Timmins in the first three series of Lark Rise to Candleford, and more recently Mr Bates, the valet, in Downton Abbey, which earned him a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor
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