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Sopranos Star Frank Vincent Passes Away Following Heart Surgery

September 13, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
The Sopranos Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent, who played mob boss Phil Leotardo on HBO’s The Sopranos, passed way on Wednesday following heart surgery. TMZ reports that the actor died at a hospital in New Jersey due to surgical complications from undergoing open-heart surgery after suffering a heart attack last week. He was seventy-eight.

Vincent was born in Massachusetts in August of 1939 and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. After initially having an interest in a music career, he eventually turned to acting in 1976 and appeared in gangster movie The Death Collector that year as mobster Bernie Feldshuh alongside Joe Pesci. Robert De Niro saw the two in the film and, impressed, told Martin Scorsese about them. That let to Vincent appearing in Raging Bull and Goodfellas, playinmg Billy Batts in the later film. He also stared in Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino along with Pesci and De Niro.

Known primarily for his gangster roles, Vincent had an impressive filmography spanning all the way through last year. He is perhaps best known as Phil Leotardo, the rival of Tony Soprano in HBO’s show. Phil died in the series finale and was in fact the last murder shown on the series. Other notable roles include Juan José Jusid’s Made in Argentina, the TV movie Gotti and 2003’s This Thing of Ours. He also voiced Mafia boss Salvatore Leone in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Vincent.