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Alex Rocco, who played Moe Greene in The Godfather, has died

Published 20/07/2015 | 08:28

Alex Rocco as Moe Greene in The Godfather
Alex Rocco as Moe Greene in The Godfather

Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in The Godfather, has died aged 79.

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Rocco's career spanned five decades and he remained active up until his death. 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.

NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Actor Alex Rocco attends the premiere of
NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Actor Alex Rocco attends the premiere of "Find Me Guilty" at Sony Lincoln Square on March 14, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

The tough-talking, Boston-born Rocco voiced the cigar-smoking studio head of Itchy And Scratchy on The Simpsons.

He also played Charlie Polniaczek on the 1980s sitcom The Facts Of Life.

He won an Emmy in 1990 for the short-lived Jon Cryer sitcom The Famous Teddy Z.

Rocco is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, his daughter Jennifer, son Lucien and a grandson.

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