Star of HBO ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ is dead at 78

Support Team DML. Get the bumper sticker. CLICK HERE

Best known for his role on “The Sopranos” as mafia tough guy Phil Leotardo, Italian actor Frank Vincent died Wednesday during open heart surgery.  He was 78.

The Massachusetts-born actor made a name for himself playing notoriously tough characters, like Billy Batts in “Goodfellas” and Frank Marino in “Casino.”

But his most famous role came as Leotardo, the nemesis of Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit crime drama. Vincent portrayed the ruthless Leotardo for 31 episodes, starting in Season 5 and wrapping up with the show’s 2007 finale.

Vincent said in 2009 that he understood that with his Italian-American heritage came the tendency for stereotypes, which were reinforced with his role as a mobster on “The Sopranos.”

Vincent died in a New Jersey hospital during surgery after suffering a heart attack last week.

Here is a clip from one of his movie appearances:

"BUILD THE WALL" bumper stickers now on sale. (BUY NOW)

If you would like to receive Breaking News text alerts on a smartphone or tablet, download the DML APP which is completely FREE and easy to use. Go to the Google Play Store or the IOS App Store and search for DML APP. Be sure to keep the app’s notifications setting on. Another way to receive alerts is to text to 40404 the following message: follow @realdennislynch (be sure to put a space between the word follow and the @ symbol).

To see more stories like this, sign up below for Dennis Michael Lynch’s email newsletter.


Comment via Facebook

Send this to a friend