'The Godfather' Actor Alex Rocco Dies at 79

by Zach Seemayer 6:14 PM PDT, July 19, 2015
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Iconic character actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing tough guys and mafiosos in a career that spanned over 50 years, died on Saturday, July 18. He was 79.

The actor's daughter, Jennifer Rocco, shared the news on Facebook in a heartfelt memorial to her father.

Rocco was perhaps best known for his role as Moe Green in the 1972 classic The Godfather. His character is famously shot in the eye during the film's legendary baptism/murder montage.

The actor won an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Al Floss in The Famous Teddy Z.

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Rocco worked continuously through his life, most recently starring in the crime drama Magic City and was involved in two films that are currently in post-production.

While his mainstay was playing tough guys, he also appeared in many comedic roles, and even provided his iconic gravelly voice for the character Thorny in the 1998 Pixar classic A Bug's Life.

No details of Rocco's death have yet been released.

Rocco is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, as well as his daughter Jennifer and son Lucien.