Alex Rocco Deadt at 79

Alex Rocco, of The Famous Teddy Z and Facts of Life, Dead at 79

Alex Rocco, an Emmy Award winner for his turn as seasoned colleague to Jon Cryer’s Famous Teddy Z in the 1989 CBS sitcom, died on Saturday at the age of 79.

The veteran actor’s daughter Jennifer shared the news via her Facebook page, saying, “RIP Dad, be with Mom and [their son] Marc….I will see you but not for a while….” A cause of death was not given.

Perhaps best known as casino owner Moe Greene in the original Godfather film, Rocco’s myriad TV credits included the 1975 CBS drama Three for the Road, episodes of Police Story, The Rockford Files and Starsky & Hutch, the early ’90s ABC sitcom Sibs, Fox’s The George Carlin Show and a run on Facts of Life, where he played Jo’s father, Charlie Polniaczek.

Most recently, he appeared in episodes of Episodes (as Matt LeBlanc’s fictional father), Maron and Magic City. He was also known to fans of The Simpsons as the voice of Itchy & Scratchy Studios boss Roger Myers, Jr.

Watch Rocco deliver his exasperated best in a promo for The Famous Teddy Z:

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5 Comments
  1. TaMara says:

    RIP. A terrific character actor.

  2. Terithecook says:

    Rest in peace. He was a wonderful actor and always made you want to pay attention to what he was doing. He will be missed. 🙏🏼👼🏼

  3. Annie says:

    RIP. I loved him on the Facts of Life

  4. Ro says:

    Great character actor. I remember him from a bunch of 70s dramas.