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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

'Sopranos' actor Frank Vincent dies

'Sopranos' actor Frank Vincent dies

The actor "died peacefully on Wednesday, a statement from his family said", according to The Associated Press.

Frank Vincent, whose tough-guy looks brought him steady work as a character actor in film and television for four decades, including mobster roles on The Sopranos and in Goodfellas, died on Wednesday in a New Jersey hospital at the age of 80. What are some of your favorite memories of him on TV or in movies? He had suffered a heart attack a week earlier.

"They got hired and I didn't", Vincent said in a 2006 interview.

Born in MA but raised in New Jersey, Vincent originally wanted to have a career in music but switched to acting when he got a role in a low-budget mob movie called The Death Collector alongside another up-and-coming actor named Joe Pesci. They collaborated on a number of other projects as well, including "The Deli" and "Animal Room".

Frank Vincent, whose portrayal of NY mob boss Phil Leotardo made him a mainstay on HBO's The Sopranos, has died.

Sopranos Paulie Walnuts actor Tony Sirico also sung Vincent's praises. Vincent had to wait a few years, but he eventually landed the great role of Leotardo in Season 5.

Hollywood colleagues and fans paid tribute to Vincent on social media with references to some of his memorable movie scenes. Vincent appeared in Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas (1990) where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family and Casino (1995) where he played gangster Frank Marino, a character based off of real-life Frank Cullotta. Vincent also had small roles in two Spike Lee films, Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever. While you may remember him from many different characters he's portrayed, two of his most recognizable are Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" and Phil Leotardo in HBO's hit series, "The Sopranos".

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