'Top Gun' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' actor Frank Pesce dies, aged 75 - GulfToday

'Top Gun' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' actor Frank Pesce dies, aged 75

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Frank Pesce poses for a photograph.

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The New York-born character actor was known for his roles in films including "Midnight Run," "Top Gun," and "Beverly Hills Cop."

He also enjoyed a fruitful career in TV, appearing in series such as "Matlock" and "Kojak."


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Pesce’s death was confirmed to Deadline by the actor’s partner, Tammy Scher. He died of complications from dementia.

Pesce started acting on screen in the 1970s with "Police Story," and went on to act in TV shows including "Night Rider" and "Miami Vice."

His film career included a role in the hit Eddie Murphy action-comedy "Beverly Hills Cop," in which he memorably played a cigarette buyer, and "Top Gun."

Pesce would return to the "Beverly Hills Cop" world for the 1987 sequel, playing a criminal whom Axel Foley (Murphy) accuses of being an undercover cop.

In "Top Gun," Pesce played a bartender, while he featured as a crook who jumps bail in the beloved Robert DeNiro-Charles Grodin buddy comedy "Midnight Run."

Later in life, Pesce had small roles in projects including Donnie Brasco, Creed and The Expendables 3.

He is survived by his brother, Vito, nieces Vanessa Pesce and Danielle Pesce, and his sister-in-law Catherine.

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