Mako Iwamatsu (岩松 マコ Iwamatsu Mako?) (December 10, 1933 – July 21, 2006) was a Japanese-born American actor, nominated for the Oscar and Tony awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako, omitting his surname. Mako is known for his acting role as Akiro the Wizard in Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer. His voice roles include Aku from Samurai Jack and Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
How can cultural elitists like ourselves put TV in the Culture category? Well, where the hell else is it going to fit?
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Rocco was born Alexander Federico Petricone, Jr. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is of Italian descent.
According to organized crime turncoat Vincent Teresa, Alex was a hanger-on with the Winter Hill Gang of the Boston area. An unwanted advance toward Petricone's then girlfriend on Labor Day, 1961 touched off the Boston Irish Gang War of the 1960s.
Howie Carr, a Boston-area journalist and radio personality who has written extensively about the Boston underworld, has written that the young Petricone (whose nickname was "Bobo") was arrested in Charlestown in November 1961 along with Winter Hill boss Buddy McLean for questioning following the death of Bernie McLaughlin of the McLaughlin gang, the first murder of the war.
Petricone moved to California in 1962 and began using the name Alex Rocco. He first worked as a bartender in Santa Monica, California and took acting lessons from actor Leonard Nimoy, a fellow Boston native. Nimoy was not impressed with Rocco's heavy Boston accent and told him to take speech lessons. Rocco followed through with Nimoy's instructions and after ridding himself of the accent came back to study under Nimoy and character actor and teacher Jeff Corey.
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