Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia has died aged 85 after a five year long struggle with Alzheimers Disease.
The enduring movie and TV actor had an impressive portfolio of roles which included supporting parts in Brian De Palma’s Scarface and the smash hit comedy Big alongside Tom Hanks.
Loggia was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for Jagged Edge in 1986 for his portrayal of the brusque and often tactless private detective, Sam Ransom.
Other notable film credits from the versatile star include An Officer and a Gentleman, Independence Day, Prizzi's Honor and Lynch's film noir thriller, Lost Highway.
Loggia received two Emmy nominations during his lengthly career, one in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in Mancuso FBI and another in 2000 for his guest star role in Malcolm in the Middle.
Loggia was a native of Staten Island, born to Sicilian immigrants. His father was a shoemaker and his mother was a homemaker, but despite these humble beginnings Loggia went on to land a lucrative football scholarship to Wagner college and moved to Missouri. He served two years in the U.S. Army before he began classes at the Actors Studio and discovered his passion for the craft.
According to his widow, Loggia adored being an actor and was always thankful for his career. She wrote:
"He loved being an actor. He used to say that he never had to work. He never had to wait tables."
Loggia is survived by his widow, Audrey O'Brien, and four children, Tracy, John, Kristina and Cynthia.