Alex Rocco

Actor, Tour manager, Bartender
Prolific, Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco lent boisterous joie de vivre to numerous figures on both sides of the law in a four-decade career that included such projects as "The Godfather" (1972), "The Friends of ... Read more »
Born: 02/29/1936 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (106)

Silver Skies 2016 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Episodes 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maron 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Riders 2014 (Movie)

Alex Rocco (Actor)

Magic City 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scammerhead 2013 (Movie)

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And They're Off 2011 (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

The Life and Times of Tim 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Serna (Actor)

Find Me Guilty 2006 (Movie)

Nick Calabrese (Actor)

crazylove 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ready or Not 2005 (Movie)

Don Julio (Actor)

The Division 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

Rip Holland (Actor)

The Job 2002 (Movie)

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Early Edition 1984 - 1986, 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 1999, 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Family Law 1984 - 1986, 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1986, 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Producer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

Salvatore (Actor)

Face to Face 2000 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

The Chief (Actor)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Detective Crowley (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Thorny (Voice)

Just Write 1998 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1990, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

Can't Hurry Love 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Sol Siler (Actor)

The George Carlin Show 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Daddy Dearest 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Cook's Harmful Intent 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Boris and Natasha 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sibs 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

TGIF Comedy Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pope Must Diet 1991 (Movie)

Cardinal Rocco (Actor)

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Famous Teddy Z 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream A Little Dream 1989 (Movie)

Gus Keller (Actor)

Wired 1989 (Movie)

Arnie Fromson (Actor)

Lady in White 1988 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Changing Patterns 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Dogs 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Horror High 1987 (Movie)

Barry Sleerik (Actor)

Scenes From the Goldmine 1986 (Movie)

Nathan DiAngelo (Actor)

Gotcha! 1985 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Stick 1985 (Movie)

Firestone (Actor)

Cannonball Run II 1984 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Best of Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Time 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Lily -- Sold Out 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Perfekt 1981 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

P.K. and the Kid 1981 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

The Entity 1981 (Movie)

Jerry Anderson (Actor)

Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 (Movie)

Quinn (Actor)

The Stunt Man 1979 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Husbands, Wives and Lovers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Voices 1978 (Movie)

Frank Rothman (Actor)

Fire Sale 1977 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Husbands and Wives 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

This Better Be It 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Three For the Road 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Sid--Assistant Director (Actor)

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

Blackjack Kibitzer (Actor)

The Blue Knight 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman For All Men 1974 (Movie)

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Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

District Attorney (Actor)

Detroit 9000 1973 (Movie)

Lieutenant Danny Basset (Actor)

Slither 1973 (Movie)

Man with Ice Cream (Actor)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

Scalise (Actor)

Three the Hard Way 1973 (Movie)

Lieutenant D Nisco (Actor)

Bonnie's Kids 1972 (Movie)

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The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Moe Green (Actor)

Stanley 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 1967 (Movie)

Diamond (Actor)

A Question of Guilt (TV Show)

Actor

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Badge of the Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Braker (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

How to Murder a Millionaire (TV Show)

Actor

Hustling (TV Show)

Actor

Rock 'n' Roll Mom (TV Show)

Actor

Three for the Road (Movie)

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Biography

Prolific, Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco lent boisterous joie de vivre to numerous figures on both sides of the law in a four-decade career that included such projects as "The Godfather" (1972), "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" (1973), "The Famous Teddy Z" (CBS, 1989-1990), "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ) and countless others. Born Alessandro Federico Petricone, Jr., on February 29, 1936 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was raised in the Boston suburb of Somerville by Italian immigrant parents. Rocco was locally infamous before he became famous: he orbited the city's organized crime scene, and began accumulating an arrest record in the late 1950s. In the early 1960s, he was associated with the notorious Winter Hill Gang, and his involvement in a 1961 assault that led to the six-year Irish Mob Wars prompted him to flee Boston for California. There, while tending bar in Santa Monica, he decided to explore acting, and studied with fellow Boston native Leonard Nimoy, who suggested he take speech lessons in order to rid himself of his thick Massachusetts accent. He also shed his last name, adopting Rocco from a company name on a bread truck; under his new moniker, he landed his first role, as a crazed biker in sexploitation legend Russ Meyer's "Motorpsycho!" in 1965. He soon settled into steady work as hoods or cops in projects ranging from Roger Corman's "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" (1967) to Richard Fleischer's "The Boston Strangler" (1968), before earning his breakout role as veteran gangster Moe Green in "The Godfather." Rocco's show-stopping turn as Green, who was based on Bugsy Siegel, among other organized crime figures, boosted his profile from bit player to character actor and occasional star in both studio and independent projects like "Slither" (1972) and the cult favorite "Detroit 9000" (1973). He was still the go-to player for criminal types, most notably in Boston-set "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," where he played bank-robbing gangster Jimmy Scalise. Rocco also acted as the behind-the-scenes connection between star Robert Mitchum and members of the Winter Hill Gang, from whom he wanted to gain perspective on his character. Rocco also worked frequently with actor Alan Arkin, who admired his talent and cast him in several of his projects, including "Hearts of the West" (1975) and Arkin's second directorial effort, "Fire Sale" (1977). The 1980s found Rocco settled into a regular routine of character roles in features and on television series, including repeat turns as Nancy McKeon's father on several episodes of "The Facts of Life" (NBC, 1979-1988). The close of the decade saw Rocco earn an Emmy for his rich turn as fast-talking Hollywood agent Al Floss on Hugh Wilson's short-lived but critically-acclaimed sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z." The win led to a shift in Rocco's career - having spent much of his professional career playing thugs, he now essayed comic roles in films like "Get Shorty" (1996), Tom Hanks' "That Thing You Do" (1997), and in numerous guest shots on TV, including a recurring gig as Roger Meyers, Jr., the boorish creator of the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons, on "The Simpsons." Rocco continued to work regularly throughout the 1990s and 2000s, playing boisterous, working-class guys in "The Wedding Planner" (2001) and Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty" (2006) and in recurring roles on "The Division" (Lifetime, 2001-2004) and "Magic City" (Starz, 2012-2013). His final screen role, as an aging Hollywood agent, came on an episode of the cable sitcom "Maron" (IFC 2013- ). Rocco died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79 on July 18, 2015 in Studio City, California.

Relationships

Alessandro Petricone

Father

Mary Petricone

Mother

Grace Gaffnet

Wife
Married 1954 Divorced 1963

Sandra Garrett

Wife
Married March 24, 1966 until her death June 12, 2002

Jennifer Rocco

Daughter

Maryann Rocco

Daughter
mother Grace Gaffnet

Lucien Rocco

Son
born c. 1973

Marc Rocco

Son
born c. 1965 mother Sandra Elaine Garrett

Shannon Wilcox Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 15, 2005

EDUCATION

studied acting in Leonard Nimoy's acting class in Los Angeles

Milestones

2006

Played vicious crime boss co-defendant Nick Calabrese in Sidney Lumet's "Find Me Guilty" starring Vin Diesel

1999

Offered a deadpan turn as the Chief of the Kumquat Nation in "Dudley Do-Right"

1994

Played a regular on the fleeting Fox sitcom "The George Carlin Show"

1991

Cast in the short-lived series "Sibs"

1989

Co-starred in the acclaimed short-lived sitcom, "The Famous Teddy Z"; earned Emmy Award

1977

TV miniseries debut, "Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue"

1975

Starred in the short-lived TV series "Three For the Road"

1973

TV-movie debut, "Portrait: Legend in Granite: The Vince Lombardi Story"

1972

Cast as Moe Green in "The Godfather"

1965

Professional acting debut as a thug on an episode of "Batman" (date approximate)

1965

Feature acting debut in Russ Meyer's "Motor Psycho"

1963

Moved to Los Angeles

Had recurring role as Nancy McKeon's father on the sitcom "The Facts of Life"

Raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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Was arrested in 1961 on charges of suspected involvement in the murder of McLaughlin Gang leader Bernard McLaughlin. The charges were dropped after a grand jury refused to indict them, but Rocco did spend time in the Billerica County House of Corrections that same year for his involvment in a brawl.

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Starred in a 2008 TV spot for Audi which was inspired by the scene from "The Godfather" in which producer Jack Woltz (John Marley) wakes to find the head of his thoroughbred race horse in his bed. In the spot, Rocco is a wealthy man who discovers the front end of his car in his bed.

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Reportedly received his biggest paycheck to date for residuals from the foreign and DVD sales of "A Bug's Life," for which he voiced Thorny. 

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