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Frank Vincent, the instantly recognizable actor from The Sopranos, Goodfellas and Casino with a face perhaps more familiar than his name, died today. He was 78. Sources tell Deadline that he recently had suffered a heart attack, and his prognosis was dire even as he went into surgery.
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Vincent died in a New Jersey hospital during open-heart surgery, according to reports.
Vincent played Tony Soprano’s enemy Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos, one of his many wiseguy roles. He was Billy Batts in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas — the “made man” who famously told Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito to “Go home and get your shine box” — and Frank Marino in the director’s Casino. His performance with Pesci in 1976’s The Death Collector caught the attention of Robert De Niro and Scorsese, and the director offered Vincent a supporting role in Raging Bull.
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Among his many credits, Vincent appeared in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever and played a detective in the 2008 indie The Tested. He had a cameo role in 2009’s Stargate Atlantis.
Born in Massachusetts but raised in Jersey City, NJ, Vincent was the author of the 2006 book A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.
Website - Vincent - Adolescence - Playing
According to his official website, Vincent spent his adolescence playing...
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