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Godfather star Alex Rocco dies at age of 79

By AP Reporter

Published 20/07/2015

Famous role: Alex Rocco
Famous role: Alex Rocco

Emmy-winning character actor Alex Rocco, best known for playing the bespectacled Las Vegas mobster Moe Greene in The Godfather, has died aged 79.

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.

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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