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Jon Cryer Remembers Alex Rocco: ‘A Deeply Good-Hearted Guy’

19 July 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On the heels of his breakout role in “Pretty in Pink,” Jon Cryer landed his first sitcom — the inside-showbiz CBS comedy “The Famous Teddy Z” that co-starred Alex Rocco.

Rocco, who died Saturday at the age of 79, cited “Teddy Z” as the “most fun” he ever had in his long career, according to Rocco’s family. Rocco played stressed-out talent agent Al Floss, who clashed with the agency’s mailroom wunderkind Teddy Zakalokis, played by Cryer.

“Teddy Z” only lasted one season in 1989-90 — its final five episodes never saw the light of day until Comedy Central ran the entire series in 1993. But Rocco earned an Emmy for his performance, and made a lifelong friend of Cryer.

On Sunday, Cryer remembered his co-star as “an actor possessed of enormous gifts” with a big heart and infectious spirit.

“I had seen a report of his passing on social media and spent »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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Alex Rocco, Character Actor in ‘Godfather,’ ‘Facts of Life,’ Dies at 79

19 July 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Character actor Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Greene in “The Godfather” and appeared in dozens of other movies and TV shows, died Saturday of cancer in Studio City, Calif. He was 79.

Often appearing as a heavy, hood or cop, in “The Godfather,” he had the famous line, “Do you know who I am?” Recently he had a recurring role in Starz’s “Magic City” and appeared on “Episodes” and “Maron.” His daughter Jennifer Rocco reported his death on her Facebook page.

He appeared in several episodes of 1980s TV show “The Facts of Life” as Charlie Polniaczek, and had recurring roles on other shows including “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Famous Teddy Z,” for which he won a supporting actor Emmy in 1990. He did voices for animated shows including “The Simpsons,” for which he voiced the executive who made Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, and “Family Guy.”

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- Pat Saperstein

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What You Can Learn From New Streaming Service Shout! Factory TV

20 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Streaming video is a godsend if you want to catch up with recent seasons of TV series. But what's a TV fan to do who wants to stream older shows? Netflix has very little from before the millennium, and Amazon Prime has very little from before 1990.

That's not a knock; the big streaming services know their market. Still, it's worth remembering that Amazon's initial appeal as a bookseller was it's long-tail catalog, the notion that comprehensiveness was worthwhile because somebody somewhere would want that obscure or ancient title, that the markets for all those titles were collectively significant and worth catering to, and that the Internet had at last made it easier to connect those customers with what they wanted.

But until the big streaming services step into the long-tail breach, Shout Factory TV (at shoutfactorytv.com) is ready to make a home there. The boutique streaming service, which is free and requires no subscription, »

- Gary Susman

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