Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

Alex Rocco Dead

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Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday. His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’ “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.”

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z.” He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”

His film career included roles in “Freebie and the Bean,” “Get Shorty,” “Gotcha!,” “The Stunt Man” and “That Thing You Do.” His son, Marc Rocco, who died in 2009, directed him in “Dream a Little Dream” and “Scenes from the Goldmine.”

He was born Alexander Federico Petricone Jr. in Boston, and studied acting with Leonard Nimoy, making his TV debut on “Batman.”

He is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, daughter Jennifer, son Lucien and a grandson.

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