Oscar-nominated actor Robert Loggia dies aged 85

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Oscar-nominated actor, Robert Loggia sadly passed away on Friday (4th December) at the age of 85.

According to his wife of 33 years, the actor – who was perhaps best known for his roles in Scarface (1983) and Big (1988) – had been suffering with Alzheimers Disease for the past five years.

Loggia was nominated for an Oscar in 1986 for his portrayal of a blunt private detective in the film, Jagged Edge, and is otherwise known for appearing in a number of beloved films, including Independence Day (1996), An Officer And a Gentleman (1982), Lost Highway (1997) and the Disney animation, Oliver and Company (1988), in which he voiced the villain, Sykes.

The film for which he will probably be best remembered however, is Penny Marshall’s Big, wherein he played the toy company owner who saw potential in Tom Hanks’ man-child, Josh. Hanks took to Twitter this weekend to post his condolences to Loggia, who he described as “a great actor in heart and soul.”

Watch Loggia’s famous scene with Hanks, in which they both play ‘Chopsticks’ on a giant toy piano, below.

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