Lon Chaney was immortalized in a 1957 movie because the “Man of a Thousand Faces.” Robert Sacchi might capitalize on just one: his conspicuous resemblance to Humphrey Bogart. He performed it for all it was price.
That similitude projected him right into a circumscribed however profitable profession that included the title position within the 1980 movie “The Man With Bogart’s Face” and the a part of Bogie himself in touring theatrical corporations of Woody Allen’s comedy “Play It Again, Sam.”
Mr. Sacchi died on June 23 in a hospital in Sherman Oaks, Calif., his daughter, Trish Sacchi Bertisch stated. He was 89.
As early because the 1940s, the last decade of “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca” and “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” when Mr. Sacchi (pronounced SACK-ee) was attending Cardinal Hayes High School within the Bronx, mates and neighbors seen that he was a ringer for Bogart.
Still, it might take greater than 20 years for him to obtain discover because the irreverent, snarling and brusque actor’s look-alike. That profession started within the early 1970s — first on the highway in “Play It Again, Sam,” the story of a person who will get romantic recommendation from an imaginary Bogart, and then because the title character in “The Man With Bogart’s Face,” a comedy a couple of personal eye named Sam Marlow (his first and final names had been shared with detectives Bogart had performed) who undergoes cosmetic surgery to appear like Bogart.
Adapted from Andrew J. Fenady’s 1977 e-book of the identical identify, the film additionally featured a number of performers, together with Yvonne De Carlo, Mike Mazurki and George Raft (in his closing movie), who years earlier had co-starred with Bogart himself.
Reviewing “The Man With Bogart’s Face” (also referred to as “Sam Marlow, Private Eye”) in The New York Times, Tom Buckley wrote that Mr. Sacchi, “who has been doing a Bogart look-alike turn on college campuses, shows considerable acting skill in the title role, although his hopes for future employment in films would seem to be limited.”
Humphrey Bogart in a publicity picture for the 1945 film “Conflict.”Credit…Warner Bros., through Getty ImagesRobert Sacchi in a 1981 episode of “Fantasy Island.”Credit…Walt Disney Television, through Getty Images
He managed nonetheless to search out employment as Bogart: in a one-man present referred to as “Bogey’s Back,” in tv commercials, in a Phil Collins music video and in a voice-over for an episode of the HBO horror anthology sequence “Tales From the Crypt” in 1995.
Robert Patsy Sacchi was born on March 27, 1932, in Rome and immigrated together with his mother and father, Alberto and Marietta (D’Urbano) Sacchi, to New York when he was a child. His father was a carpenter.
After graduating from highschool, he earned a level in enterprise and finance from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., and a grasp’s diploma from New York University.
In addition to his daughter Ms. Bertisch, he’s survived by his spouse, Angela de Hererra; a son, the producer John Sacchi; six youngsters from an earlier marriage, Robert Sacchi Jr., Barbara Cohen, Felicia Carroll, Maria Tolstonog, Lisa Osborne and Anthony Sacchi; his brother, Mario Sacchi; and three grandchildren.
Mr. Sacchi had some success in components not associated to Bogart, together with roles in three 1972 movies: “The French Sex Murders,” “Pulp” and “Across 110th Street.” He had some non-acting success as nicely: In the 1980s, he recorded a rap single, “Jungle Queen,” which was successful in Germany, and he labored on a e-book with the boxer Willie Pep about slum youngsters who grew as much as obtain fame within the ring.
Yet he would stay finest identified for the way he seemed. His 5-foot-Eight body, brooding eyes, furrowed forehead and craggy face cried out for a well-known film line to be rewritten as “Here’s lookin’ at me, kid.”
He accepted that it was his face that gained him consideration. But as a teen, at least, he would have chosen a special one.
“I mean, I never thought Bogie was too terrific-looking,” Mr. Sacchi as soon as stated. “Like most kids at the time, I wanted to look like Gregory Peck.”