Iconic Sopranos, Goodfellas Actor Frank Vincent Dead at 80 (Updated)

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Iconic Sopranos, Goodfellas Actor Frank Vincent Dead at 80 (Updated)

Frank Vincent, the veteran character actor best known for portraying mob boss Phil Leotardo on HBO’s The Sopranos in the mid-2000s, died Wednesday of complications from open-heart surgery, as TMZ first reported. He was 80 years old.

Vincent’s filmography is packed with classics. He put his tough guy persona to use in a few of Martin Scorsese’s very best films, playing Salvy in 1980’s Raging Bull, Billy Batts in 1990’s Goodfellas (“Now go home and get your fuckin’ shinebox!”) and Frank Marino in 1995’s Casino.

Vincent appeared in more than 50 films over his extensive career, including Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991), Brian De Palma’s Wise Guys (1986), Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) and James Mangold’s Cop Land (1997).

Born in North Adams, Mass., Vincent studied music in his youth—he was an in-demand recording drummer before he became an actor. In 2006, he co-wrote a book titled A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man with Steven Prigge. He also lent his distinctive voice to multiple entries in the long-running Grand Theft Auto videogame series.

Watch Vincent’s most iconic movie scene below.

Note: A previous version of this post listed Vincent’s age as 78, as per TMZ’s initial report. Vincent’s family has since confirmed that he was 80 years old.

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