His rugged looks and gravelly voice made him a natural for playing characters with a hard edge, like a drug lord in “Scarface”, a Sicilian mobster in “Prizzi’s Honor” and a private detective in “Jagged Edge”, a role that got him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

“I’m a character actor in that I play many different roles, and I’m virtually unrecognizable from one role to another,” The Associated Press quoted Mr. Loggia as saying in 1990.

Among his most noteworthy credits was “Scarface,” in which he played Frank Lopez, a Florida gangster who befriends and is then betrayed by a rising Cuban-born mobster played by Al Pacino, who kills him and marries his mistress, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.

In the comic fantasy “Big”, he played Macmillan, a toy company executive who befriends a child trapped in the body of an adult man, played by Tom Hanks.

He made his film debut in 1956 in “Somebody Up T Likes Me,” playing a mobster who tries to persuade the boxer Rocky Graziano to throw a fight.

Later in his career he was a presidential adviser in the science-fiction thriller “Independence Day”.On television, he had the starring role in the NBC television crime drama “T.H.E. Cat,” playing a former circus acrobat and cat burglar who hires himself out to clients in need of protection.

Mr. Loggia won an Emmy in 1989 for his work on the series “Mancuso FBI,” in which he played the title role, an F.B.I. agent.

On the New York stage, in a 1956 Off Broadway production of “The Man With the Golden Arm,” Mr. Loggia played the lead role, a drug addict, who had been portrayed in the 1955 film version by Frank Sinatra.

Mr. Loggia made his Broadway debut in a 1960 production of Lillian Hellman’s “Toys in the Attic,” filling a role that had previously been played by Jason Robards Jr.His theater background served him well when he broke into television in the late 1950s, appearing on “Studio One,” “Playhouse 90” and other live dramatic anthology series.