Alex Rocco, American Actor ( February 29, 1936 - July 18, 2015 )

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I don't mean you have to be overbearing, but you have to stay on top of things - read the trades, know what's going on in the town. I call it 'dare to be stupid.' The worst thing they can say is, 'We got nothing for you.' So I've hustled a lot.~Alex Rocco

Stupid Nothing You

I learned to bet the Red Sox, the Celtics, Suffolk Downs. I thought it was a glorious life - pull up to the doughnut shop, spread out, and plan your day.~Alex Rocco

Life Day Red

You study all your life, you work really hard to do your best work onstage and onscreen, and then you make your best money playing an ant.~Alex Rocco

Life Work Best

Some people go to acting classes to learn. I just kind of went for the dates.~Alex Rocco

People Learn Acting

I worked in this bar called the Raincheck Room in the '60s; it used to be over on Santa Monica Boulevard, and, y'know, it was a pretty hip place. Lots of actors hung out there.~Alex Rocco

Place Over Pretty

With Peter O'Toole, you just had nothing but fun.~Alex Rocco

Fun Nothing You

I was a young kid; I did a little time in the Billerica House of Correction, and it basically turned my life around because I said, 'Oh, I'll never be locked up again. They're not taking away my privacy.' So I flipped a coin: heads - Miami, tails -California.~Alex Rocco

Life Time My Life

Playing gangsters is great. They usually dress you sharp. And you have a license to pretty much bully anybody. I mean, I wouldn't dare do that at home. My wife will give me a back hander.~Alex Rocco

Wife Home Great

I'm Italian. I wouldn't know how to play a Jew.~Alex Rocco

Play Know Italian

I saw a bakery truck go by with the name 'Rocco' on it, and that's when I decided to become Alex Rocco.~Alex Rocco

Name Go Truck

I had to get out of the Boston area, so I flipped a coin and said, 'Heads - Miami, tails - California. I was in my mid-20s and came out here with no training. Acting wasn't even in my mind.~Alex Rocco

Training Mind Acting