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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 21:03

Frank Vincent, go-to movie mobster from 'Goodfellas, 'Sopranos,' dies at 80

Written by  USA Today

Frank Vincent, one of Hollywood's go-to guys for mobster dramas, has died at 80.

His family issued an official statement confirming his death late Wednesday in an email to USA TODAY from publicist Morgan Pesente.

 

"Legendary actor and accomplished musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time,” the family's statement said.

TMZ, The Blast and US Weekly had reported his death, saying he was 78. TMZ said that he died from complications from heart surgery Wednesday in New Jersey.

Vincent, who was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey, starred in three of Martin Scorsese's classics, beginning with Raging Bull (1980), followed by 1990's Goodfellas and 1995's Casino.

Vincent's main scene in Goodfellas is a classic within a classic, putting the word "shinebox" in film lexicon.

CNN's Jake Tapper noted the line in a tweet honoring Vincent Wednesday.

He also gave Tony Soprano fits as New York crime boss Phil Leotardo in the final two seasons of The Sopranos before being shot by a soldier from a rival family and subsequently run over by his own vehicle in the HBO drama's series finale.

Read more at USA Today

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