Ac­tor in mob film dies at 79

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Alex Rocco, the Emmy-win­ning char­ac­ter ac­tor best known for tak­ing a bullet through the eye as the Las Ve­gas casino boss Moe Greene in “The God­fa­ther,” has died. He was 79.

Rocco's daugh­ter, Jen­nifer, an­nounced his death Satur­day. De­tails were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Rocco's ca­reer spanned five decades, and he re­mained ac­tive up un­til his death, in­clud­ing a re­cur­ring role on the Starz se­ries “Magic City.” His distinc­tively grav­elly voice made him a fre­quent tough-guy pres­ence in both hard­boiled tales (“The Friends of Ed­die Coyle,” ”St. Valen­tine's Day Mas­sacre,“”Get Shorty“) and comedic sit­coms (”The Simp­sons,“”The Facts of Life“).

His most fa­mous role came in 1972's “The God­fa­ther,” where he played the hum­bled casino owner who meets his fate on a mas­sage ta­ble, with a bullet through his thick eye­glass lenses.

His con­fronta­tion with Al Pa­cino's Michael Cor­leone - in which he con­de­scended to the new boss: “I made my bones when you were go­ing out with cheer­lead­ers!” - was among the movie's many in­deli­ble scenes.

“With­out a doubt, my big­gest ticket any­where,” Rocco told the AV Club in 2012. “I went for. I dunno, one of the Ital­ian parts. Maybe the Richard Bright part. But Cop­pola goes, 'I got my Jew!' And I went, 'Oh no, Mr. Cop­pola, I'm Ital­ian. I wouldn't know how to play a Jew.' And he goes, ' Oh, shut up.”'

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.