On February 6, 2022, Frank Pesce died in Burbank at his California home last weekend. He died of complications from dementia, according to his girlfriend, Tammy Scher. She confirmed his death on Wednesday. The actor in Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop was 75 years old.
Who was Frank Pesce?
Pesce was born on December 8, 1946, in New York City and was a lifelong friend of Sylvester Stallone, Tony Danza, and Robert Forster. In the mid-1970s, he began his acting career as a guest actor on episodes like Police Story and Kojak. In minor parts, he also appeared in Stallone’s flicks Rocky and Paradise Alley.
Pesce featured in a slew of other ’80s blockbusters, including “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Flashdance,” “American Gigolo,” and “Midnight Run,” in addition to “Top Gun.” The 2015 “Rocky” spin-off “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan, was his most acknowledged film credit.
Pesce also starred in American Gigolo, Young Doctors in Love, and Vigilante, among other films. Cagney & Lacey, Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, Matlock, and Who’s the Boss? were many television appearances.
Following his appearance as a bar regular in Flashdance, he went on to play roles in Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop films, Top Gun and Midnight Run.
Frank Pesce is survived by his girlfriend Tammy Scher, his brother, Vito Pesce, sister-in-law Catherine Pesce and nieces Vanessa and Danielle Pesce, who also survive him.
According to Deadline, he will be buried on February 18 at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx.
In a social media message, DAVID PERMUT remembers the late actor.
David Permut, the Oscar-nominated producer of Hacksaw Ridge, said: “One of the most memorable experiences I had was producing 29th Street, a film based on Frank’s early life in NYC when he wound up with a winning lottery ticket.”
The producer admits that he sold the right of Frank’s real-life story to United Artists after he discovered that the star had sold the exclusive life rights to Paramount at the same time.
“I exploded at Frank,” the producer recalled, “he then tried to defend himself saying, ‘Well, there is no guarantee either studio would actually make the film after the scripts were developed, and a least I got two horses in the race, instead of just one.’”
David then contacted friend and colleague producer Don Simpson, who assisted him in resolving the matter.
“To say Frank was one of a kind would be a gross understatement,” Permut said, remembering the late actor. “We shared our love and passion for film.”
Frank Pesce, Character Actor in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Films, Dies at 75 https://t.co/EjNKa3JD9w
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 16, 2022
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