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RIP Frank Vincent from The Sopranos and Goodfellas

17 September 2017, 12:35 | Rodolfo Wallace

RIP Frank Vincent from The Sopranos and Goodfellas

RIP Frank Vincent from The Sopranos and Goodfellas

His film résumé also included The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Brian De Palma's Wise Guys (1986), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991), Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), James Mangold's Cop Land (1997), Shark Tale (2004) and Chicago Overcoat (2009).

Vincent was perhaps best known for his role as Phil Leotardo on HBO's hit series "The Sopranos", which can now probably be considered an all-time classic and could be in line for a prequel. Leotardo wasn't the first Mafia character played by Vincent.

Scorsese is one of many Hollywood figures to pay tribute to Vincent, who had suffered a recent heart attack and was in dire condition before dying during open-heart surgery.

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"Legendary Actor and accomplished Musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017". His official bio page does not provide a birth year. He also was an accomplished drummer and lent his voice to several video games including Grand Theft Auto. (Pesci plays guitar.) The two had once worked up a comedy act. Some of his most memorable include Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" and Phil Leotardo - Tony's nemesis - in "The Sopranos". Their band name? The Arist-o-cats. He appeared in Raging Bull, Goodfellas - where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family - and Casino, playing Frank Marino, based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta.

The North Adams, Massachusetts, native is survived by his son, Anthony.

Among those who took note of The Death Collector was Martin Scorsese, who cast both Vincent and Pesci in Raging Bull (1980), about boxer Jake LaMotta, and, a decade later, Goodfellas. Thanks to his exceptional work in fantastic films and TV series, Vincent's legacy will live on indefinitely.



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