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American actor Frank Pesce popularly known as Top Gun,’ ‘Beverly Hills Cop dies at 75

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Frank Pesce, a character actor who starred in both “Beverly Hills Cop” films, as well as “Top Gun,” “Midnight Run,” and “Miami Vice,” has passed away at the age of 75.

Revealing this to the media, Tammy Scher, the actor’s fiancée, said that Frank died in Burbank on February 6, 2022, from dementia-related issues.

Pesce was born in New York City in 1946, and among his pals were Sylvester Stallone, Tony Danza, and Robert Forster.

Pesce first appeared on film in 1976 as a guest performer on “Police Story,” where he was known for his huge smile and lively demeanor. He also appeared on shows including “Kojak,” “Knight Rider,” “Blue Thunder,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Matlock,” “Who’s the Boss?” and “The Master” throughout his career.

Pesce appeared in supporting parts in Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” and “Paradise Alley,” as well as Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Flashdance” and “Top Gun.”
“I met Frank at a really sad period in my life,” Pesce’s girlfriend Tammy Scher stated in a statement to Variety. He constantly claimed that he had saved me, and he was correct. I’d never met someone quite like him before.

Frank was a force that was bigger than life or any literary character, and he was constantly engaging, exciting, and fascinating. Unafraid to approach strangers and strike up a conversation. Celebrities liked to be near him because he was a walking encyclopedia of music and film expertise.”

Vito Pesce, his sister-in-law Catherine Pesce, and his nieces Vanessa and Danielle Pesce survive him.

Pasce will buried on Feb. 18 at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in the Bronx, according to Deadline.

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