Character actor Robert Loggia was born on January 3, 1930 in New York City. He is best known for his role as Feech La Manna on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. The Italian-American was the son of a homemaker and a shoemaker, both born in Sicily, Italy. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri and eventually became member of the class of 1951. Prior to his illustrious acting career, Robert served in the U.S. Army.
Loggia’s first prominent role was in the Walt Disney series The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca in 1958. He then starred as the cat-burglar-turned-good in the short-lived series called THE Cat. His other television credits include episodes on Combat!, Columbo, STarsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angeles, The Rockford Files, magnum PI, and The Sopranos.
Aside from television, Loggia also had film roles in movies such as Independence Day, An Officer and a Gentleman, Scarface, Prizzi’s Honor, and Big. The last one earned him a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor. Robert has since gained an Academy Award and Emmy nomination for his acting efforts, in 1985 for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a crusty private detective in the thriller Jagged Edge. Meanwhile, he was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his role as Nick Mancuso on the television series Mancuso, FBI. In 1999, Loggia appeared in a television commercial lampooning some celebrity endorsements.