Rocco, who played Moe Greene in ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 79

FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, actor Alex Rocco arrives at the premiere "Magic City" in Los Angeles. Rocco, the character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in “The Godfather,” has died, his daughter announced Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was 79. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
In this March 20, 2012 file photo, actor Alex Rocco arrives at the premiere “Magic City” in Los Angeles. Rocco, the character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in “The Godfather,” has died, his daughter announced Saturday, July 18, 2015. He was 79. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmy-winning character actor best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in “The Godfather” has died. Alex Rocco was 79.

Rocco’s daughter, Jennifer, announced his death Saturday. Details of his death were not immediately available.

Rocco’s career spanned five decades and he remained active up until his death. His most famous role came in 1972’s “The Godfather,” where he played the humbled casino owner who meets his fate on a massage table.

The tough-talking, Boston-born Rocco voiced the cigar-smoking studio head of “Itchy and Scratchy” on “The Simpsons.” He also played Charlie Polniaczek on the 1980s sitcom “The Facts of Life.”

He won an Emmy in 1990 for the short-lived Jon Cryer sitcom “The Famous Teddy Z.”

Rocco is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox, his daughter Jennifer, son Lucien and a grandson.

 

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