‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Vincent Dies at 78

Veteran actor Frank Vincent, known for his tough guy roles – including Tony Soprano’s nemesis Phil Leotardo – died today from complications during heart surgery, news outlets reported. The actor, 78, worked in the business for 41 years.

Actor Frank Vincent in 2006

Actor Frank Vincent arrives for the Coca-Cola campaign launch of “Coke Side Of Life” at Capitale on March 30, 2006 in New York, NY. | Scott Wintrow/Getty Images

Other than HBO’s “The Soprano’s,” Vincent also placed roles in mafia movies, such as Billy Batts in Goodfellas. He also appeared in director Martin Scorsese’s Casino and Raging Bull and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

Actors Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent and Dan Grimaldi

Actors Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent and Dan Grimaldi arrive at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, Calif. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

On “The Soprano’s,” Vincent played a mob boss who often clashed with Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini. Vincent appeared in 31 episodes of the show, from Season 5 through the 2007 finale.

Fans mourned the star on Twitter.

One of the actor’s most famous lines was, “Now go home and get your shinebox,” from Goodfellas.

In addition to acting, Vincent wrote a book in 2006 called “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.” In addition, he also released a line of hand-rolled cigars which featured his picture on the band.

Actors Curatola, Sirico, Vincent, Grimaldi, and Gannascoli

Actors Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent, Dan Grimaldi, and Joseph R. Gannascoli arrive at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, Calif. | Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Vincent was born in Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, NJ. The actor had two brothers, Nick and Jimmy, and a half-sister, Fran. He began acting in films in 1976 as Bernie Feldshuh in The Death Collector, and his most recent role was in the TV Show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2016 as Bishop Cattalano.

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