Rocco, Alex 1936-

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Rocco, Alex 1936-


Born February 29, 1936, in Cambridge (some sources cite Boston), MA; son of Alesandro Sam and Mary (maiden name, Di Biase) Petricone; married Grace Gaffnet, 1954 (divorced, 1963); married Sandra Elaine Garrett, March 24, 1966 (some sources cite 1965; died, 2002); married Shannon Wilcox, October 15, 2005; children: (first marriage) Maryann Rocco Petricone, Jennifer, (second marriage) Marc (an actor), Lucien. Education: Attended public and private schools and a military academy in Bordentown, NJ; studied acting and speech with Leonard Nimoy. Religion: Bahai Faith.


Agent—Bresler Kelly and Associates, 11500 West Olympic Blvd., Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90064.


Actor. Worked as a truck driver; also worked as a bartender at the Rain Check Room, Hollywood, CA. Military service: U.S. National Guard, 1952-55.


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Award, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, 1989, and two American Comedy Award nominations, all for The Famous Teddy Z.


Film Appearances:

Cory Maddox, Motor Psycho (also known as Motor Mods and Rockers and Rio Vengeance), Eve Productions, 1965.

Diamond, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.

Detective at apartment of victim number ten, The Boston Strangler, 1968.

Lawyer, Blood Mania, Crown International, 1971.

Stick, Wild Riders (also known as Angels for Kicks), Crown International, 1971.

Moe Greene, The Godfather (also known as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather"), Paramount, 1972.

Brute Corps, 1972.

Eddy, Bonnie's Kids, 1973.

Lieutenant Danny Bassett, Detroit 9000 (also known as Detroit Heat), General, 1973.

Scalise, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Paramount, 1973.

Miller, The Outside Man (also known as Funerale a Los Angeles and Un homme est mort), United Artists, 1973.

Man with ice cream, Slither, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1973.

Richard Thomkins, Stanley, Crown, 1973.

District Attorney, Freebie and the Bean, Warner Bros., 1974.

Lieutenant DiNisco, Three the Hard Way, Allied Artists, 1974.

Earl and the assistant director, Hearts of the West (also known as Hollywood Cowboy), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1975.

Vinnie and Blackjack kibitzer, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (also known as Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers), Warner Bros., 1975.

A Woman for All Men, 1975.

Al, Fire Sale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977.

Sergeant Danny Bonhoff, Rabbit Test, Avco Embassy, 1978.

Frank Rothman, Voices, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1979.

Quinn, Herbie Goes Bananas, Buena Vista, 1980.

Jake, The Stunt Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980.

Boss, Nobody's Perfekt, Columbia, 1981.

Jerry Anderson, The Entity, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Lester, P. K. and the Kid, Castle Hill, 1982.

Tony, Cannonball Run II, Warner Bros., 1984.

Stiffs, 1985.

Al, Gotcha! Universal, 1985.

Firestone, Stick, Universal, 1985.

Barry Sleerik, Return to Horror High, 1986.

Nathan DiAngelo, Scenes from the Goldmine, 1987.

Angelo "Al" Scarlatti, Lady in White (also known as The Mystery of the Lady in White), 1988.

Gus Keller, Dream a Little Dream, Vestron, 1990.

Arnie Fromson, Wired, Taurus, 1990.

Cardinal Rocco, The Pope Must Die, 1991.

Sheldon Kaufman, Boris and Natasha, 1992.

Moe Greene, The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (video), 1992.

Bartender, The Flight of the Dove (also known as The Spy Within), 1994.

Jimmy Cap, Get Shorty, 1995.

Sol Siler, That Thing You Do!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Bukowski, Dead of Night (also known as Dark Hunger), Playboy Entertainment Group, 1996.

Harold's father, Just Write, Heartland Film Releasing, 1997.

Voice of Thorny, A Bug's Life (animated), Buena Vista, 1998.

Detective Crowley, Goodbye Lover, Warner Bros., 1999.

Kumquat chief, Dudley Do-Right, Universal, 1999.

Poker Player, The Last Producer (also known as The Final Hit), 2000.

The Wedding Planner, Columbia, 2001.

Phil, Face to Face, Giants Entertainment, 2001.

Rip Holland, The Country Bears, Buena Vista, 2002.

Vernon Cray, The Job, Lightning, 2003.

Johnny, Restive Planet, 7 Digits Away, 2004.

Uncle Cort, Crazylove, Porchlight, 2005.

Nick Calabrese, Find Me Guilty (also known as Find Me Guilty: The Jackie Dee Story), Starz!, 2006.

Mick, Jam, Starz!, 2006.

Serna, Smokin' Aces, Universal, 2007.

Don Julio, Ready or Nort, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Pete Karras, Three for the Road, CBS, 1975.

Murray Zuckerman, Husbands, Wives, and Lovers, CBS, 1978.

Charlie Polniaszek, a recurring role, The Facts of Life, NBC, 1979-88.

Gene Falcone, The Best of Times (also known as Changing Times), 1983.

Howie Ruscio, Sibs, 1991.

"Broadway Harry" Rossetti, The George Carlin Show, Fox, 1994.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Frank Millerson, 79 Park Avenue (also known as Harold Robbins' "79 Park Avenue"), NBC, 1977.

Moe, The Godfather Saga (also known as The Godfather 1902-1959: The Complete Epic), 1977.

Casper Stieglitz, An Inconvenient Woman, ABC, 1991.

Uncle Frank, Love, Honor, and Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage, NBC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Swifty, Hustling, Filmways, 1975.

Mel Duvall, A Question of Guilt, CBS, 1978.

Ralph Corliss, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, CBS, 1978.

Jay, The First Time, ABC, 1982.

Detective Bill Butler, Badge of the Assassin, CBS, 1985.

Orsini, Braker, ABC, 1985.

Arthur, "Changing Patterns," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987.

Jerry Weiss, "Rock ‘n’ Roll Mom," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1988.

Al Floss, The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1989.

Beverly Hills Get Rich Quick Murders (also known as Bad Times in Beverly Hills, The Couch Potato Murders, and Your Money or Your Wife), CBS, 1990.

Police Detective Locke, A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder (also known as Darling, Let's Kill the Neighbors, Honey, Let's Kill the Neighbors, and A Perfect Little Murder), NBC, 1990.

Walter Summers, How to Murder a Millionaire, 1990.

Sheldon Kaufmann, Boris and Natasha, 1992.

Michael Mosconi, Harmful Intent (also known as Robin Cook's "Harmful Intent"), CBS, 1993.

Sam Churchill: Search for a Homeless Man (also known as The Churchill Files), 1999.

Poker player, The Last Producer, USA Network, 2001.

Dominic, Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie, FX Channel, 2002.

Uncle Cort, crazylove, Lifetime, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Pete Karras, Three for the Road, CBS, 1975.

Detective Charley Bronski, The Blue Knight, CBS, 1975.

Harry Bell, This Better Be It, CBS, 1976.

Murray Zuckerman, Husbands and Wives, CBS, 1977.

Gene Falcone, The Best of Times (also known as Changing Times), CBS, 1983.

Frank Costello, Splitting the Difference, 1992.

Sal Verona, Adam's Way, The WB, 1996.

Norman, Mark Pitta Pilot, NBC, 1997.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Portrait: Legend in Granite; The Vince Lombardi Story, 1973.

Frank, Twigs, CBS, 1975.

Lenny Brill, Lily—Sold Out, CBS, 1981.

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1987.

Rudy Luchese, Old Dogs, 1987.

Comic Relief III (also known as Comic Relief), HBO, 1989.

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards (also known as The American Comedy Awards), ABC, 1990.

TGIF Comedy Preview, 1991.

The Please Watch the Jon Lovitz Special, 1992.

Intimate Portrait: Nancy McKeon, Lifetime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Block, "A Piece of the Action," Batman, 1967.

Block, "Batman's Satisfaction," Batman, 1967.

Gaucho, "Supersonic Boom," Get Smart, 1967.

Tanner, "Blues," Mission: Impossible, 1971.

Matt Wilnor, "The Outcast," The F.B.I., 1972.

Hit man, "Hear No Evil," Cannon, 1972.

Joseph Moretti, "Spare Parts," Ghost Story (also known as Circle of Fear), 1973.

Dall, "Incarnate," Mission: Impossible, 1973.

Walter Colter, "Target in the Mirror," Cannon, 1973.

Tony Curcheo, "Knockover," Kojak, 1973.

Earl Fisher, "Do Me a Favor," The Rookies, 1974.

"Death on Delivery," Get Christie Love!, 1974.

"Do Me a Favor," Lotsa Luck, 1974.

Morton Tallman, "Close Cover before Killing," Kojak, 1975.

Paul, "Search and Destroy," Cannon, 1975.

"The Test of Brotherhood," Police Story, 1975.

Tony Melino, "Bought and Paid For," Police Story, 1976.

"Thicker Than Water," Delvecchio, 1976.

Phil Logan, "Nightmare on a Sunday Morning," Police Story, 1977.

Harry Stroop, "Circle of Treachery," Barnaby Jones, 1977.

"A Duck Is a Duck," Dog and Cat, 1977.

Vince, "Playin' Police," Baretta, 1977.

Ben Selwyn, "Lou's Army Reunion," The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1977.

Sherman Royle, "The Trees, the Bees, and T. T. Flowers: Parts 1 & 2," The Rockford Files, 1977.

Lieutenant Fargo, "The Committee," Starsky and Hutch, 1977.

Thomas Callendar, "The Plague: Parts 1 & 2," Starsky and Hutch, 1977.

Ansgar, "The Great 5k Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Parts 1 & 2," CHiPs, 1980.

U.S. Customs Agent Hank Galante, "Ashes to Ashes, and None Too Soon," Simon & Simon, 1982.

"Salvaged Romance/Our Son the Lawyer/Gopher's Daisy," The Love Boat, 1983.

"And One to Grow On/Seems Like Old Times/I'll Never Forget What's Her Name," The Love Boat, 1984.

Police Captain Tom Balcomb, "Manna from Heaven," Simon & Simon, 1984.

Frank Dio, "Hooker's Run," T. J. Hooker, 1984.

Mick Logan, "Cash and Carry," Matt Houston, 1984.

"Breathless," St. Elsewhere, 1984.

Tommy Sales, "Ties My Father Sold Me," Hardcastle and McCormick, 1984.

Monroe, "Champ! The A-Team, 1985.

Ernie Santini, "Tough Guys Don't Die," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

Glen, "That Was No Lady," The Golden Girls, 1985.

Bert Yardley, "Christopher Bundy—Died on Sunday," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Captain C. Danza, "Into the Night," T. J. Hooker, 1986.

Arthur, "Mickey and Nora," CBS Summer Playhouse, 1987.

Arthur, "Changing Patterns," CBS Summer Playhouse, 1987.

Michael Rapp, "Vegas Rock," Rags to Riches, 1987.

Dan, "Desperate Moves," Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's Hotel), 1987.

"Hot Prowl," Hunter, 1987.

Al Floss, "And the Whiner Is …," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1989.

Voice of Roger Myers, Jr., "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1990.

"The Leopard," Midnight Caller, 1991.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1991.

Johnny O, Daddy Dearest, Fox, 1993.

Michael O'Donnell, "Daddy's Girl," Can't Hurry Love, CBS, 1995.

Warren, "Fourteen Minutes?" (also known as "The Christmas Show"), Partners, Fox, 1995.

Bernie, Hope and Gloria, NBC, 1995.

Mark Slotkin, "Outbreak," Mad About You, 1996.

Voice of Floyd Nesbit, Pinky and the Brain (animated), 1996.

Voice of Roger Myers, Jr., "The Day the Violence Died," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1996.

Jimmy the Brain, Goode Behavior, UPN, 1996.

Voice of Roger Myers, Jr., "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1997.

Barney Kadison, "Home," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

Max Farb, "Blast from the Past," Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, The WB, 1997.

Irv Schmayman, "Thanksgiving," Home Improvement, ABC, 1997.

Bernero, Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997.

Voice, Family Guy, Fox, 1999.

Giovanni Rossini, Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

Sid Wolf, "Sabrina's Real World," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1999.

Charlie Gold, "Shaking Private Trainer," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1999.

Lester Goodman, "The Nanny," Family Law, CBS, 1999.

Dr. George Melnick, "Black Widows," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

"George Carlin," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

John Exstead Sr., a recurring role, The Division (also known as Heart of the City), 2001-2004.

Ben, "The Show Must Not Go On," Touched by an Angel, 2003.

"The Tell," Lucky, 2003.

FBI Chief Christopher Scaletta, One Life to Live, ABC, 2004.

Martin Trudeau, "Two Ships," ER, 2005.

Larry Herschfield, "The Fantasy," The Wedding Bells, 2007.

Also appeared in episodes of That Girl, The Rookies, and Alan King's "Final Warning."

Stage Appearances:

Joan of Lorraine, Hartman Theatre Company, Stanford, CT, 1975-76.



TV Guide, September 23, 1989.

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