Alex Rocco, far left, with RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, second from right, and some other RECOiL cast members on the set of RECOiL at the peak of suede jacket popularity.
Alex Rocco, known for playing the mobster Moe Green in “The Godfather” and Jo’s dad on “The Fact of Life,” died Saturday from cancer. He was 79.
Also on the small screen, he made appearances in “The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank,” “The A-Team” and “The Simpson.” He won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for playing Al Floss in “The Famous Teddy Z.”
Besides being shot in the eye in “The Godfather,” Rocco also appeared in such films as “Smokin’ Aces,” The Wedding Planner,” “RECOiL” and “That Thing You Do!”
As interesting as his career was, though, according to Wikipedia, he had mob ties in his native Boston, and may or may not have been the impetus for the Boston Irish Gang War from the early ’60s.
He is survived by his wife, actress Shannon Wilcox; daughters Jennifer and Kelli, sons Lucien and Sean; four grandchildren and a sister. Continue reading