Tuesday 17 October 2017

Movie tough guy Robert Loggia dies

Robert Loggia was famous for playing drug lords and gangsters (Invision/AP)
Robert Loggia was famous for playing drug lords and gangsters (Invision/AP)

Robert Loggia, who played drug lords and mobsters and danced with Tom Hanks in Big, has died.

His wife Aubrey said Loggia, 85, died at his home in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

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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