Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' star and Scorsese film mainstay, dead at 78

Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' star and Scorsese film mainstay, dead at 78

Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' star and Scorsese film mainstay, dead at 78

The actor had 89 acting credits in his 41-year career.

Frank Vincent, best known for portraying the ruthless mob boss Phil Leotard on The Sopranos, has died at the age of 78.

According to TMZ, Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery Wednesday.

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On "The Sopranos", he played NY mob boss Phil Leotardo who was the nemesis to Tony Soprano. Vincent then acted in Martin Scorsese's "Raging Bull", which sparked the first of many collaborations between Vincent, Pesci, and De Niro including "Goodfellas" and "Casino". He was most recognized for the tough guy roles in mafia movies.

He was born in MA and was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Other film roles included "Wise Guys", "Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing", "Chicago Overcoat" and the animated featured "Shark Tale".

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