'Sopranos' & 'Goodfellas' Star Frank Vincent Dead at 80

'Sopranos' & 'Goodfellas' Star Frank Vincent Dead at 80

Vincent's family released the following statement through a publicist (via Deadline): "Frank lived life on his terms, creating a dynamic and successful path in every endeavor he chose".

Actor Frank Vincent died Wednesday morning from complications suffered during surgery, according to TMZ. What are some of your favorite memories of him on TV or in movies? Though initial reports stated that Vincent was 78 years old, his family told the Associated Press that he was 80.

In addition to The Sopranos, Vincent made small-screen appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue and Walker, Texas Ranger.

He made his film debut in 1976 in " The Death Collector", whose cast also included his friend Joe Pesci, a fellow musician. Those films will be hard-pressed to find replacements who can fill Vincent's shoes.

Television network HBO saluted Vincent on its Twitter account, saying, "Our family will never forget the Leotardo Legacy".


Vincent was perhaps best known for his role as Phil Leotardo on HBO's hit series "The Sopranos", which can now probably be considered an all-time classic and could be in line for a prequel.

Vincent started acting in the mid-1970s and was a longtime friend of frequent Scorsese collaborator Joe Pesci.

Sopranos Paulie Walnuts actor Tony Sirico also sung Vincent's praises.

Hollywood colleagues and fans paid tribute to Vincent on social media with references to some of his memorable movie scenes. Scorsese directed the actor in three films - 1980's Raging Bull, Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).

Besides Leotardo, the ruthless NY mob boss who frequently clashed with Tony Soprano on the popular drama and who was memorably "whacked" at a service station, Vincent portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese.

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