Frank Vincent, a character actor best known for roles as Italian mafia members, died at the age of 78, according to people close to him.
Fellow actor Vincent Pastore, who co-starred with Vincent on “The Sopranos” as Salvatore ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero posted on Facebook about the death.
John Gallagher, who directed him in a number of movies such as “Men Lie” and “The Deli,” along with a few stage plays, posted about the loss on Facebook.
“I could write a book about my times with Frank, all beautiful joyous memories, but today in our grief thoughts race to his beloved wife Kathy and his grown children. Requiescat in pace FV, see ya on the other side,” he wrote.
Over his four decades in the industry, he played memorable characters like Billy Batts in “Goodfellas” and Phil Leotardo – Tony Soprano’s nemesis – in “The Sopranos.”
On the HBO drama, he played vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo, who eventually rose through the ranks to become the boss of the Lupertazzi crime family. He won a Screen Actors Guild award in 2008 as a part of that ensemble.
He appeared in two other Martin Scorcese works: “Raging Bull” and “Casino.”
Vincent was born in North Adams, Mass, a city in the western part of the state, but was raised in New Jersey. According to his website, he was also involved in other sectors of the arts and was a musician, comedian, author and producer.
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