Robert X Modica

Obituary
  • "I studied with Mr. Modica back in the 70's at his studio in..."
    - Ida Bellone
  • "The truth in the work was fundamental. To find the truth in..."
    - Rosemary Camas
  • "Loved Mr Modica. A no nonsense, strong yet compassionate..."
    - LeAna Masiello
  • "I was a student of Mr. Modica at Grover Cleveland High..."
    - Laura Arluna
  • "It was all about truth. I could not be the artist, the..."
    - jeanna carroll-robinson

1931 - 2015 Robert Xavior Modica, Died March 14th 2015 at 83 years old.

Master acting teacher, actor, father and proud United States Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War, Studied Speech and Drama at Adelphi University where he excelled in sports earning All American Football and Lacrosse player, Adelphi Class President of 1957.

His love of Theater started him in a distinguished career working with famed acting teacher Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC, as well as teaching at Philip Burton's renowned AMDA American Music and Dramatic Academy and Featured in book, "Acting Teachers of America"



"Robert Xavier Modica was a humble man with a rare power, deep virtue, and breadth of compassion so vast, it could only be matched by his will to serve others in the highest art--the art of helping people better know themselves."



He established his own Acting Studio in the prestigious Carnegie Hall Artist Studios where he taught for nearly 50 years. His work was known to be rigorous and demanding. Classes were intense and highly emotional. His goal was to lead students to a place of truth about themselves so they could inevitably find the truth in any character. He often used his experience as an athlete and Marine to help students understand the commitment needed to be an actor.



He taught such notables as John Turturro, Tyne Daly, Louise Lasser, David Duchovney, Bill D'Eila John Doman, Scott Cohen, Ali Mc Graw, Jennifer O'neill, Jennifer Beals,

Michael, Badalucco, Aida Turturro, Nick Turturro, Rachel Ward.

Student Quotes:

John Turturro: I have worked with many gifted acting teachers who influenced my work... But no one has had the impact that Mr. Modica had on my life and work as an actor. Whenever there is a character I am struggling with, he is the first person I turn to for advice.

David Duchovney: "Modica's integrity, passion, and acute eye for what's true and what is not are standards that I try to live up to every time I try to act. He is an instigator and an inspiration. He had a profound influence on both my acting and my life."

Bill D'Eila: What he taught me I use every day in my work. It's hard to describe what he meant to me. But he lives on in those of us that took those classes. His was a singular talent and passion.



Robert Modica's acting career include Coppola's first film- The Rain People as well as Love Story, Men of Respect, Fast Food Fast Women, TV's Kojak, The Equalize & Shrinks. Robert is survived by his son Robert X. Modica Jr., his daughters Dorothy Bernhardi, Josephine Grover, and Katherine Modica, his former wife Dorothy and beloved partner Donna, his nine grandchildren, and his dearly loved students.



Wake: Tues. March 17 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 and Wed, March 18 2:00 - 4:00, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home



Funeral Mass: Thurs, March 19 - 11:00am
 Our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 
37 South Ocean Avenue, 
Freeport, Long Island

Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2015
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