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Frank Vincent (1939 - 2017), tough guy actor

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Frank Vincent (1939 - 2017), tough guy actor

Frank Vincent, a character actor known for his roles in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has died at the age of 78, according to multiple news sources. TMZ first reported that Vincent died today in a New Jersey hospital while undergoing open heart surgery. 

His “Sopranos” co-star Vincent Pastore also announced the news on Facebook. 

Vincent was known for his tough guy characters and he appeared in multiple movies about the mafia. 

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Vincent, born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1939. He started his acting career in 1976 in the low-budget crime film “The Death Collector” with Joe Pesci. 

He appeared again with Pesci and Robert De Niro in three Martin Scorsese films, “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino.” In “Goodfellas,” he had a memorable role as mobster Billy Batts. 

In “The Sopranos, Vincent played Phil Leotardo, the rival of Tony Soprano. In the final episode of the series, he was killed on orders from Soprano. 

Vincent also appeared in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “The Pope of Greenwich Village.” 

In keeping with his tough guy image, he wrote a non-fiction book in 2006 called "A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man." 

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