Alex Rocco, a first generation Italian, was born Alessandro Federico Petricone… in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  (Across from Harvard University, where he was later given the prestigious Harvard Lampoon Award).  Wanting to avert "the corner" and the lure of a life of crime, he flipped a coin between Miami and Los Angeles.  It was the early 60's.  LA won the toss.  He tended bar at the Rain Check Room… a hangout for actors.  Ironically, though not into the acting scene, he stole his first acting job, BATMAN, and has been playing gangsters, cops and tough guys ever since.  His most notable role was ‘Moe Greene’, a Las Vegas casino owner, who takes a bullet in the eye, in THE GODFATHER.  ‘Nick Calabrese’, in Sydney Lumet's FIND ME GUILTY, earned him reviews that applauded his "gravitas" and described him as, "deadly as a cobra".  

Some of his earlier films include: THE STUNT MAN, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, LADY IN WHITE and VOICES.  With a flair for comedy, he did FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, HERBIE GOES BANANAS, CANNONBALL RUN II, THE POPE MUST DIE, GET SHORTY, THAT THING YOU DO and THE WEDDING PLANNER…playing J-Lo's father.  The most fun he's had acting, was playing a slick, smarmy agent in THE FAMOUS TEDDY Z.  He won an Emmy for his "ferociously funny" performance.  Some of his other television series were: FACTS OF LIFE, THREE FOR THE ROAD, THE GEORGE CARLIN SHOW and THE DIVISION.  He's also done 400 TV guest appearances.  His distinctive voice landed him ‘Roger Myers Jr.’, owner of Itchy and Scratchy, on THE SIMPSONS and ‘Thorny’ the ant, in A BUG'S LIFE.

It seems the coin toss has done alright by him.  Now if it could only help him pick a horse at Santa Anita.




July 18th, 2015

Las Vegas dimmed the lights Saturday Night.

Alex Rocco, best known for playing ‘Moe Greene’ in “The Godfather”, died at his home in Studio City, at 79.

The Emmy winner’s most recent projects have been “Magic City” for Starz and “Episodes” for Showtime.

At 9 pm tonight the nostalgic front fountains of Caesar's Palace will be turned off for a minute for our beloved BoBo.

He is survived by his wife Shannon Wilcox, his sister Vivian De Simone, his children: Lucien Rocco, Jennifer Rocco, Kelli Williams and Sean Doyle, and his grandchildren: Anthony Rocco, Kiran Sahgal, Sarame Sahgal and Ravi Sahgal.