Robert Loggia is a best known as a
character actor playing crooks, thugs,
and gravelly-voiced cops. He played
mobsters in Scarface, Prizzi’s Honor and
The Sopranos. Loggia starred in the 1966
TV action series, T.H.E. Cat as the
mega-cool acrobat, thief, and bodyguard
Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat or T.H.E. Cat
for short. In An Officer and a
Gentleman, he played Richard Gere’s
alcoholic father and he appeared in
several Pink Panther films.
Loggia received an Oscar nomination for
his role as the delightfully
foul-mouthed private investigator in
Jagged Edge. In Big, Loggia played the
owner of the toy company where Tom Hanks
worked, and they danced together on a
giant piano keyboard. In Independence
Day, he played the general who delivered
the bad news, “We could be looking at
the worldwide destruction of every major
city in the next 36 hours.”
Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg sat down with
Loggia and Marc Meyers, the director of
the newly released film, Harvest. The
film stars Robert Loggia and Barbara
Barrie and is about a family’s journey
as they deal with health care issues
such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Gary Barg: We
always say that caregiving is a
family issue and it leaves no member
of the family untouched. And
in your new film, Harvest, we join
the family during the last summer of
your character, Siv’s, life. I
was really taken by the realistic
portrait the story paints of this
caregiving family. Can you tell us
something about the film and what
motivated you take on the role?
Robert Loggia: It was very
moving to me as the bike rider.
Siv’s bicycle trip is quite
significant because it’s the last
hurrah, and the relationship with
Barbara Barrie’s character.
She was wonderful in it and I
thought the entire cast fell into
the mood of the piece—how it
reflects on life for all of us...continued
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Individuals who are caring for loved ones must
plan as far ahead as possible. Regardless
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By Sharon Pulido
Do you ever think things are going too good to
be true and something bad must happen to compensate? I have always
thought that way. When I met my husband, Mario, our life was
wonderful. He was great, life was good, and we had our two little
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There are a number of takes on telling the person
with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the truth. I would
propose a couple of things to keep in mind:
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I have a 20-year-old daughter who still lives with me;
she has cerebral palsy and other health problems. I
have to take care of her 24/7 and am unable to work. She
receives SSI and Medicaid This is the only income we
have now. Someone told me I could get a caregiver's check
each month. Could you tell me how to apply? I have
tried calling Social Security, DSS and the
Health Department, each sending me to the other. It's
offered in my state (South Carolina) because my aunt's
sister receives it for her brother who has Down syndrome.
Please help me if you have any information.
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