Alex Rocco Of The Godfather And The Simpsons Has Died

Alex Rocco Of The Godfather And The Simpsons Has Died
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Award-winning actor Alex Rocco has died at age 79, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actor’s son, Sean, said that his father died Saturday afternoon in his home in Studio City, California from cancer. Moreover, his daughter Jennifer also announced his passing on her Facebook page where she also dedicated a poem to him. A part of it read:


“Dad I will love you forever no matter your physical location,
You are with me,
Can’t rid your voice in my head as it will forever sing to me,
I still have the birthday song you sang to me last year,
I just wish you could have stayed until next month,
I knew two weeks ago you were going to leave,
I know you were in pain brutally,
I know you had to be,
So I pray and say it’s okay to be away,
I will see you soon my love,
But not just yet…”

Alexander Federico Petricone, Jr. was perhaps, best known for his role as Moe Greene in the film, “The Godfather.” But his entire film and television career covered a lot more than that. In the late 60’s, he played Block in the “Batman” television series. From there, he also went on to do more television roles in series such as “Get Smart,” “That Girl,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Circle of Fear,” “Lotsa Luck,” “The Rookies,” “Kojak,” “Cannon,” “The Blue Knight,” “Three for the Road,” “Delvecchio,” “The Rockford Files,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Dog and Cat,” “Police Story” as well as “Starsky and Hutch.”

Moreover, he was well also well known for his role as Charlie Polniaczek in the 1980’s television series, “The Facts of Life.” In addition, he also starred in the 90’s television series “The Famous Teddy Z” where he played Al Floss and won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. And from 1990-1997, Rocco joined the cast of “The Simpsons” as the voice of the character Roger Meyers Jr.

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On the other hand, his film credits include “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” “Rabbit Test,” “Find Me Guilty,” “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” “The Stunt Man,” “That Thing You Do!,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “Get Shorty,” “The Pope Must Diet,” “Herbie Goes Bananas,” and “The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez. In addition, he was also the voice behind the character of Carmine ‘The Roman’ Falcone in the animation “Batman: Year One.”

Meanwhile, “The Famous Teddy Z” former star Jon Cryer could not believe his co-star’s passing when he first heard the news. He told Variety, “I had seen a report of his passing on social media and spent the whole morning hoping it was some kind of mistake. If there was ever someone in your life you referred to as ‘just a teddy bear,’ Alex Rocco had them beat tenfold. A deeply good-hearted guy, hilarious to be around and an actor possessed of enormous gifts, Alex Rocco will be terribly missed. Anyone who’s ever had him in their lives in any respect will know what I’m talking about.”‎

Alex Rocco is survived by his wife Shannon; his sons Sean and Lucien; his daughters Jennifer and Kelli; his sister Vivian; and his grandchildren Anthony, Kiran, Sarame and Ravi.