Robert Loggia

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Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American character actor.

Loggia was born in New York City. After studying journalism and serving in the United States Army, Loggia began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and on television. He first came to prominence as a Mexican bandit named Elfio Baga in a series of Walt Disney television shows. He also starred as a cat burgler turned good in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. His many films include An Officer and a Gentleman, Scarface,Prizzi's Honor, Independence Day (1996), and as charismatic Senator Anton Kreutzer in Oliver Stone's Wild Palms (1993). Loggia also had a memorable and threatening role as mobster Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), a film which reunited him with Independence Day co-star Bill Pullman. Loggia poked fun at his "mobster" roles when he played a bumbling corrupt union boss in the John Candy film Armed And Dangerous, but later returned to such roles with a fifth-season guest spot in The Sopranos. In 1985, Loggia was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a crusty private detective in the thriller Jagged Edge. He has kept active in recent years and won an Emmy nomination in 1989 playing a righteous FBI agent in the TV series Mancuso FBI. During this time, a nationwide poll named him as the United States' favorite actor. Robert Loggia has often been called the ultimate character actor.

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