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“Scarface” actor Robert Loggia dies at 85

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Robert Loggia, who played drug lords and mobsters and danced with Tom Hanks in “Big,” has died, his wife Aubrey Loggia says.

Aubrey Loggia said Loggia died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after a five year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 85.

Loggia’s rugged looks and voice suited his many character roles as gangsters or other shady characters. He was a Miami drug lord in “Scarface” and a Sicilian mobster in “Prizzi’s Honor.” He earned an Oscar nomination for the 1985 legal thriller, “Jagged Edge.”

But perhaps his most memorable role was a comic turn as the toy company boss in “Big.” In a famous scene, he and Hanks, as a boy in a man’s body, dance on a giant toy keyboard in joyful duets of “Chopsticks” and “Heart and Soul.”


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    Robert Loggia grew up in Grant City on Staten Island. The next town was New Dorp. During those years he was “Bobby” Loggia and his closest friends were Jackie McDonald, my brother, Herm (Bud) Methfessel. During those formative years he was always at our house at 23 Burbank Avenue, New Dorp. My mom would play the piano and he would sing and he loved the dramatics my mom would often teach him. We always had a great time when he was at our house and he remained close friends with my brother, Herm, who passed away one year ago. They stayed in touch over the years and now my brother, Herm, and his pal, Bobby, can be together again as they were when we were growing up on Staten Island. He was a great actor who worked infinitely more than the most famous actors and probably made a hell of a lot more money than they did because he was always employed. I will miss him, his personality, his laughter, and his charm. My brother and his buddy can now be together again….. John Methfessel

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