Frank Vincent, Mob Boss On ‘The Sopranos’ Dies At 78

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The entertainment industry suffered another loss with news of the passing of Frank Vincent, who was best known for his role as Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos. The sad news was first shared by Vincent Pastore, who co-starred with Frank on the HBO series. Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore worked together on The Sopranos from 2004, when Frank joined the cast, until 2007, when the series ended.
Vincent Pastore Remembers His Partner In Crime
It was reported that Frank Vincent lost his life during a heart surgery, after the actor had suffered a heart attack, last week. Complications from the open heart surgery contributed to the actor’s death, when he was taken into a New Jersey hospital.
Upon learning of the actor’s passing, Vincent Pastore took to Facebook to pay tribute to Frank and to share his memories of meeting the veteran actor years earlier. The two actors met many years before The Sopranos brought them back together. Pastore recalls first meeting Frank in Mt. Vernon, where they played “hoops” together and got to know each other, during the 1970s. A few years later, Pastore recognized his old friend in the film Raging Bull and felt inspired to pursue his own acting ambitions.
Three years later, Frank Vincent and Vincent Pastore were running in the same circles, co-starring together on stage, as well as on television and in films. Mr. Pastore says Frank became both an inspiration and a mentor, through the years.
“We just lost Frank. May he forever live in peace. A great legacy,” wrote Mr. Pastore.
Frank Vincent Left Behind A Long And Distinguished Career
Mr. Vincent launched his film career with the 1976 film, The Death Collector, which was the first big screen project to cast him alongside Joe Pesci. Frank made a big impression in that low-budget crime drama. So much so, that it led to his casting in Raging Bull, which reunited him with filmmaker Martin Scorsese and actor Joe Pesci. Robert De Niro was also cast in the film.
Later, Frank Vincent would again work with the trio on Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). Aside from The Sopranos, Goodfellas may be Vincent’s most memorable role. Although Billy Batts is only briefly seen in the film, his line telling Tommy DeVito (Pesci) to go home and get his shine box is still widely etched in filmgoers’ memories.
Frank Vincent has also worked as a voice actor, lending his unique sound to the Grand Theft Auto video games.

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