- Alex Rocco
caption = Rocco at the 1990 Annual Emmy Awards
birthdate = birth date and age|1936|02|29
emmyawards = Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series
The Famous Teddy Z"
Alex Rocco (born
February 29 1936) is an American actor. His roles have ranged from comedyto playing gangsters in Mafiamovies, the latter fitting in with his reported connections to mob organizations.
Rocco was born Alexander Federico Petricone, Jr. in
thumb|left|300px|BPD mugshot of Alex Rocco taken in the early 1960s
Cambridge, Massachusettsbut raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, the son of Mary (née Di Biase) and Alexander Sam Petricone. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/27/Alex-Rocco.html Alex Rocco Biography (1936-) ] ] Known by the nickname "Bobo" as a young man, Rocco had connections to the Winter Hill Gangin the early 1960s (a mostly Irish gang, despite his Italian-Americanbackground). Howie Carrdescribes Alex as a "fringe member" of the Winter Hill Gangand the Patriarca crime familyof which the Winter Hill Gang had close business relations with.
What would later be known as the Irish Gang War started on
Labor Dayweekend of 1961. The Somerville-based Winter Hill Gangand McLaughlin Gangbefore the incident had coexisted relatively peacefully together were partying together on Salisbury Beach. George McLaughlin, the youngest of the criminal gang leaders made some unwelcome drunken advances toward the girlfriend of Alex. When George McLaughlin refused to take "no" for an answer, he was severely beaten by Alex and others and dumped unconscious in front of the emergency ward entrance of a local hospital. Before the McLaughln-Winter Hill Gang was over, more than forty criminals would be murdered on the streets of Boston.
Petricone was a suspect in the October 1961 murder of
Bernie McLaughlin, but was never charged. He then moved to Californiain 1962 and began using the name Alex Rocco, lost a considerable amount of weight, and got into Hollywood. He first worked as a bartenderin Santa Monica, Californiaand took acting lessons from actor Leonard Nimoy, a Boston native himself. Leonard was not impressed with Alex's heavy Boston accentand told him to take speech lessons. Alex followed through with Leonard's instructions and after ridding himself of the accent came back to study under Nimoy and character actor and teacher Jeff Corey.
After moving to Los Angeles, Rocco became a member of the
Bahá'í Faith. He first married Sandra Elaine Garrett in 1964 who bore him two sons, actor Marc Rocco on June 7, 1965and Lucien and one daughter named Jennifer. Sandra died in June 2002 of cancerand he remarried to Shannon Wilcox on October 15, 2005. [ [http://www.uga.edu/bahai/2002/020704-1.html Obituary Sandie Rocco] Copyright Coastal View (Carpinteria Valley, CA, USA) 2002]
The Winter Hill Gang did not know of Alex's acting career until the spring of 1972 when "
The Godfather" was released. John Martorano, James Martorano, Stephen Flemmi, Vincent Flemmiand James J. Bulgerall went to see the film and were said to be amused.
Rocco played the part of
Moe Greene, a Las Vegas casino owner, in the film " The Godfather". Greene's character represented the top Jewish mobster in the United States.
Rocco also played a gangster in the film "
The Friends of Eddie Coyle" about the Boston Irish Mob, a part very close to his own life. Other notable movies in which Rocco has appeared include " The Wedding Planner", as Salvatore and appeared uncredited in " Smokin' Aces". He also played a small part in the Disney/Pixar film, " A Bug's Life" as Thorny. In the film " That Thing You Do!", Rocco played the founder of Playtone Records.
He also has a recurring part in the long running animated series "
The Simpsons" as the head of Itchy and ScratchyStudios, Roger Meyers, Jr.. In DVD commentaries, Rocco has expressed true gratitude to "The Simpsons" 'staff for allowing him his first voiceover role. He has also taken a part on an episode of " Family Guy" (in the episode " Mind Over Murder", he had a memorable role as the masculine woman) and he is known for having played Charlie Polniaczek, Jo's father on " The Facts of Life". From 1989 to 1990, Rocco was a regular on the television comedy series " The Famous Teddy Z" in which he played "Al Floss", a slick cheesy Hollywood talent agent and foil to Jon Cryerin the title role, an ex-mailroom clerk turned superagent. Rocco received an Emmy Awardas Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for this role. In 1997, he appeared (along with the late Rodney Dangerfield) in the annual Thanksgiving episode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.
In 2008, Alex Rocco starred in Audi's
Super Bowlcommercial for the R8supercar. The commercial was inspired by one of the films Rocco was in: " The Godfather". He portrays a rich man who finds the front fascia of his luxury car in his bed, a nod to the scene from the original movie in which Jack Woltz, a rich movie producer, finds the head of his prized racehorse in his bed. [ [http://www.adrants.com/2008/02/audis-godfather-ad-powerful-stellar.php "AdRants" Audi's Godfather Ad Powerful, Stellar, Captivating] ]
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