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.
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.
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.
— Tracey S Bernadetti (@MrsRoyKeane) September 13, 2017
RIP to the GOAT Frank Vincent aka Phil Leotardo pic.twitter.com/OGUC7BY84v
— Cut Ziti (@EsWookieGrande) September 13, 2017
One of the actor’s most famous lines was, “Now go home and get your shinebox,” from Goodfellas.
RIP Frank Vincent, who delivered one of the best movie lines of all time: Now go home and get your shinebox pic.twitter.com/ezJwKD0osv
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 13, 2017
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.
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.