Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

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Los Angeles: Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia, who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from “Scarface” to “The Sopranos” but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks’ kid-at-heart toy-company boss in “Big,” has died. He was 85.

The star’s wife Aubrey Loggia confirmed the news that Robert breathed his last on Friday at his home here, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Aubrey also revealed that she and her daughter Cynthia were at Robert’s bedside when he passed away.

Loggia’s most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and “Big,” in which he played a toy company owner and performed a memorable duet on a giant foot-operated piano with Tom Hanks. He played Miami drug lord Frank Lopez in “Scarface.”

He was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of  blunt private detective Sam Ransom.

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