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Alex Rocco dies at 79

The Godfather actor Alex Rocco has passed away.

The actor was best known for his role in iconic 1972 movie The Godfather, in which he played Las Vegas casino owner Moe Greene. He passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer and his death was confirmed by his daughter Jennifer on her Facebook page Sunday.

“DAD… Please don’t see just a boy caught up in dreams and fantasies,” she wrote. “See what I see,/ A gregarious soul that love me,/ I was with you Dad in all the places you have traveled,/ I ran and got your cream in your coffee,/ When you were so tired you could not be free,/ I held you up every night with those that did not understand you and me…(sic)”.

Alex’s career spanned five decades, and in 1990 he won a Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role in short-lived sitcom The Famous Teddy Z.

Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer, who co-starred with Alex in the series, lead the tributes to the late star, taking to Twitter to pay his respects.

“I am desolate. He was the sweetest man. RIP Al Floss RIP Moe Green #RIPAlexRocco (sic)” he wrote alongside a picture of Alex with his Emmy.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Alex also did a lot of voice work on animated projects such as A Bug's Life and The Simpsons, and appeared as a guest in TV shows including Starsky and Hutch, The A-Team and more recently, Episodes.

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