He had acted as a character actor in many 80s classics. A great friend of Stallone, the last interpretation of him was in “Creed” in 2015
The American actor Frank Pesce, famous character actor thanks to the two films of the series “Beverly Hills Cop – A cop in Beverly Hills” and the TV series “Casalingo superpiù” and “Miami Vice”, died at the age of 75 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank (California) for complications related to senile dementia.
The announcement of his disappearance, which took place on Sunday 6 February, was given by his partner Tammy Scher to «The Hollywood Reporter».
Born in New York on December 8, 1946, of Italian American parents, Pesce worked as an actor for more than four decades, starting his film career, according to the Los Angeles Times, as an extra in The Godfather. In addition to “Top Gun”, Pesce has starred in a slew of other 80s classics, including “Beverly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy, “Flashdance”, “American Gigolo” and “Around Midnight”.
The actor, Sylvester Stallone’s close friend, has reportedly been battling dementia for several years. The last interpretation of him dates back to 2015, in “Creed – Born to fight”, a spin-off of “Rocky”, with Michael B. Jordan and Stallone himself.
Pesce was also very active on the small screen, where he made his debut in a 1976 episode of “On the streets of California”, before appearing in 1977 in the telefilm “Lieutenant Kojak” and to follow in many other television series. His most recognizable roles than him came in the first two “Beverly Hills Cop” films with Eddie Murphy. In 1984 original, he played a criminal who wanted to buy a shipment of cigarettes stolen from Axel Foley (Murphy). The actor also reprized the same role in the sequel, “Beverly Hills Cop 2” from 1987. He had one of his most notable roles in “Haunted by Fortune”(1991) playing the role of Vito Pesce alongside Anthony LaPaglia and Danny Aiello. In the TV series “Karen Sisco” (2003-2007) he was Sonny.