Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco

Highest Rated: 98% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

Lowest Rated: 4% Wired (1989)

Birthday: Feb 29, 1936

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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 2013-16). Rocco died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 79 on July 18, 2015 in Studio City, California.

Highest rated movies

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Godfather
That Thing You Do!
The Stunt Man
Hearts of the West
Slither
Lady in White
Motorpsycho

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
9% 24% Don't Sleep Mr. Marino (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 38% Silver Skies Frank (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 0% The House Across the Street Mr. Barnes (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 24% And They're Off... Saul (Character) - 2011
88% 79% Batman Year One Carmine Falcone (Voice) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Now Here Mr. Martin (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ready or Not Don Julio (Character) - 2009
62% 63% Find Me Guilty Nick Calabrese (Character) $1.2M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Committed Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Job Vernon Cray (Character) - 2003
31% 33% The Country Bears Rip Holland (Character) $17.0M 2002
17% 59% The Wedding Planner Salvatore (Character) $60.4M 2001
16% 23% Dudley Do-Right Kumquat Chief (Character) $9.8M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man Unknown (Character) - 1998
29% 38% Goodbye Lover Det. Crowley (Character) $1.9M 1998
57% 55% Just Write Harold's Father (Character) - 1998
93% 78% That Thing You Do! Sol Siler (Character) $25.9M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead of Night Bukowski (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 20% The Spy Within Bartender (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage Uncle Frank (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 31% Boris and Natasha Sheldon Kaufman (Character) - 1992
33% 48% The Pope Must Diet Cardinal Rocco (Character) $201.1K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Inconvenient Woman Stieglitz (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Murder a Millionaire Walter (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Det. Locke (Character) - 1990
4% 16% Wired Arnie Fromson (Character) $681.1K 1989
69% 69% Lady in White Angelo 'Al' Scarlatti (Character) $282.7K 1988
No Score Yet 100% Rock 'n' Roll Mom Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 18% Return to Horror High Harry Sleerik (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scenes From the Goldmine Nathan DiAngelo (Character) - 1987
31% 53% Gotcha! Al (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 40% Badge of the Assassin Detective Bill Butler NYPD (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Time Jay (Character) - 1982
64% 61% The Entity Jerry Anderson (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 81% P.K. and the Kid Les (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Perfekt The Boss (Character) - 1981
90% 74% The Stunt Man Police Chief Jake (Character) - 1980
40% 37% Herbie Goes Bananas Quinn (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 80% Voices Frank Rothman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Ralph Corliss (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Guilt Mel Duvall (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 25% Rabbit Test Sergeant Danny Bonhoff (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet 79 Park Avenue Frank Millerson (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman for All Men Lt. Biase (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 71% Hustling Swifty (Character) - 1975
60% 40% Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins Vinnie (Character) - 1975
88% 43% Hearts of the West Earl (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
17% 66% Freebie and the Bean D.A. (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three for the Road Pete Karras (Character) - 1974
86% 55% Slither Man with Ice Cream (Character) - 1973
98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Jimmy Scalise (Character) - 1973
25% 49% Detroit 9000 Lieutenant Danny Bassett (Character) $2.1K 1973
No Score Yet 18% Stanley Thomkins (Character) - 1972
97% 98% The Godfather Moe Greene (Character) $134.8M 1972
No Score Yet 33% Wild Riders Stick (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brute Corps Wicks (Character) - 1971
67% 63% Motorpsycho Unknown (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 60% Motor Psycho Unknown (Character) - 1965

TV

Credit
75% 86% Maron David Rosen (Guest Star) 2015
65% 66% Magic City Arthur Evans (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2012-2013
No Score Yet 80% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
93% 99% Party Down Howard Greengold (Guest Star) 2010
37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 84% ER Martin Trudeau (Guest Star) 2005
15% No Score Yet dr. vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Bea Arthur (Guest Voice) 1999 2001
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Charlie Gold (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 66% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 69% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
85% 75% The Simpsons Roger Meyers Jr. (Guest Voice) 1990 1996-1997
No Score Yet 87% Mad About You Mel Slotkin (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
38% 80% Partners Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
38% No Score Yet Can't Hurry Love Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
50% No Score Yet Sibs Howie Ruscio (Character) 1991-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Famous Teddy Z Al Floss (Character) 1989-1990
No Score Yet 100% The Facts of Life Charlie Polniaczek (Guest Star) 1981 1983 1985-1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Floyd Benson (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Dan (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Glen (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 77% The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ben Selwyn (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Walter Koether (Guest Star),
Guest
1972-1973 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1970-1971
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
72% 81% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967