Hollywood veteran and Oscar nominee Robert Loggia passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
Loggia had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease for the past five years, according to his widow. They had been married for 33 years.
He was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of blunt private detective Sam Ransom.
Loggia’s most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Big,” in which he played a toy company owner and performed a memorable duet on a giant foot-operated piano with Tom Hanks. He played Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in “Scarface.”
Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the series “Mancuso FBI” — which has a spin-off of the character he created in the “Favorite Son” miniseries starring Harry Hamlin — and again in 2000 for his guest star role in “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Loggia's "tough guy" voice was unmistakeable. But what rounded out his performances was his ability to balance "tough guy" with heart.
My favorite scene ever by the unforgettable Loggia - from the movie Big with Tom Hanks.