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Frank Pellegrino (1944 - 2017)

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Frank Pellegrino (1944 - 2017)

Frank Pellegrino, an actor who appeared on “The Sopranos” and co-owned Rao’s restaurant in Manhattan, New York, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 72.

Pellegrino died in New York of lung cancer, according to publicist Ken Langdon.


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“We lost a part of New York today when we lost Frankie," his friend Bo Dietl told the New York Post. Dietl told the paper that Pellegrino died just before 2 p.m. at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, surrounded by family. "There’s nobody like him," Dietl said. "He’s an icon.”

The actor’s most recognizable role was on “The Sopranos” as FBI New Jersey bureau chief Frank Cubitoso. Cubitoso and his team tried to get Tony Soprano to turn after they found out Tony’s mother tried to have her son killed. They failed but were able to get to Adrianna, his nephew Christopher’s girlfriend.

Pellegrino also had roles in the Martin Scorsese movie “Goodfellas” and on the TV series “Law & Order.”

Pellegrino co-owned the well-known Italian restaurant Rao’s, which is in East Harlem. Rao’s is popular with many celebrities. Scorsese was a frequent customer and used the restaurant location in his movie “Wolf of Wall Street.”

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