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Alex Rocco
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Biography

Tough and volatile-looking Italianate character actor Alex Rocco was born in Boston and spent time training with such notable teachers as Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Corey to curb his thick Boston accent. In Hollywood from 1963, he worked as a bartender during the lean years and began his TV career in the late 60s. Slowly, he came to show sly, lethal menace in \"big city\" films and, in the next decade, notably played Las Vegas syndicate boss Moe Green who gets a bullet in the eye during the violent \"christening sequence\" of Mario Puzo\'s Oscar-winning The Godfather (1972). Finding a comfortable niche playing various swarthy-looking cronies, hoods and cops, he made a distinct impression when he switched to TV comedy and, in the late 80s, won an Emmy for \"The Famous Teddy Z\" (1989) during the 1989-1990 season. Other comedy series such as \"Sibs\" (1991) and \"The George Carlin Show\" (1994) came and went with over 400 TV appearances racked up so far. Recurring roles on \"The Simpsons\" (1989) and \"The Facts of Life\" (1979) (as Nancy McKeon\'s father) has kept him alive, as well. Rocco has appeared in two films helmed by his son, screenwriter and director Marc Rocco: Scenes from the Goldmine (1987) and Dream a Little Dream (1989). Other memorably flashy film roles include The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), Freebie and the Bean (1974), The Stunt Man (1980), Lady in White (1988), Get Shorty (1995) and Just Write (1997).

Alex Rocco stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
The Godfather 1972 at home DVD ***
Rabbit Test 1978 with Peter L.? Bomb
Voices 1979 On TV while babysitting ***
The Cannonball Run II 1984 Don't Remeber Bomb
Dream a Little Dream 1989 With Jessica at Showcase North Haven **
Get Shorty 1995 Digital ***
A Bug's Life 1998 At home on DVD Digital *** 1/2
The Wedding Planner 2001 w/ Suzy on Starz **
Smokin' Aces 2006 Digital **