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Name: Robert Loggia                                                                                 
Born: 3 January 1930 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States                                   
Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award- and Emmy                         
Award-nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts.                       
Loggia, an Italian American, was born in Manhattan, the son of Elena (nee                           
Blandino), a homemaker, and Benjamin Loggia, a shoemaker. After studying                             
journalism at the University of Missouri and serving in the US Army, Loggia                         
began a long career as a supporting player in movies, on stage and television.                       
Loggia first came to prominence playing real-life American lawman Elfego Baca in                     
a 1958 series of Walt Disney television shows. He starred as the proverbial cat-burglar-turned-good 
in a short-lived series called T.H.E. Cat. His many television credits include                       
appearances on Columbo, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Rockford Files                     
3 times as 3 different characters, Magnum, P.I., The Sopranos, and Oliver Stone's                   
miniseries Wild Palms.                                                                               
His film roles include An Officer and a Gentleman, Scarface, Prizzi's Honor,                         
Independence Day and Big. 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, and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal                     
of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the TV series Mancuso, FBI, a follow up to the                         
previous year's miniseries Favorite Son. Loggia also appeared as a mobster in                       
two different films, he played the voice of Sykes in Oliver & Company (1988),                       
and as Mr. Eddy in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997), a film which reunited him                     
with Independence Day co-star Bill Pullman.                                                         
In 1999, Loggia appeared in a television commercial that lampooned obscure                           
celebrity endorsements. In it, a young boy inexplicably names Loggia as someone                     
he would trust to recommend Minute Maid orange-tangerine blend; Robert Loggia                       
instantly appears and endorses the drink, to which the boy exclaims, "WHOA,                         
Robert Loggia!" The commercial was referenced in an episode of Malcolm in the                       
Middle, in which Loggia made a guest appearance as "Grandpa Victor"; Loggia                         
drinks some orange juice, then spits it out and complains about the pulp. He                         
also starred in the direct-to-DVD film adaptation of V. C. Andrews' novel Rain.                     
Loggia has recently ventured into voice acting, in a recurring role on the Adult                     
Swim animated comedy Tom Goes to the Mayor, as crooked cop Ray Machowski in the                     
video game Grand Theft Auto III, as Admiral Petrarch in FreeSpace 2, and as the                     
narrator of the Scarface: The World is Yours game adaptation. He was also                           
parodied on an episode of the show Family Guy, in which Peter Griffin claims to                     
have stood behind him in an airport.