Frank Vincent, star of movies like ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’, has died at the age of 80.
“Legendary Actor and accomplished Musician Frank Vincent has passed away peacefully at the age of 80 surrounded by his family on September 13, 2017,” read a statement from his family.
“We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
As well as his movie roles, Vincent, who was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Jersey, was also known for his pivotal role on ‘The Sopranos’.
He played Phil Leotardo, nemesis to James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano and head of the Lupertazzi crime family in ‘The Sopranos’, winning a Screen Actors Guild award for the role.
Memorably, he also played William ‘Billy Batts’ Bentvena in ‘Goodfellas’, the character in Scorsese’s mafia movie whose murder eventually seals the fate of Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito.
He made his movie debut in the low-budget gangster movie ‘The Death Collector’, alongside Pesci, and was spotted by Robert DeNiro, who recommended Martin Scorsese hire the pair for ‘Raging Bull’.
He also starred in Scorsese’s ‘Casino’, as well as Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ and ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village’, and lent his voice to the character of Salvatore Leone in the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ games.
Filmmaker John Gallagher, who directed him in movies including ‘The Deli’ and ‘Don’t Lie’ said in a post on Facebook: “I could write a book about my times with Frank, all beautiful joyous memories, but today in our grief thoughts race to his beloved wife Kathy and his grown children. Requiescat in pace FV, see ya on the other side.”
Frank Vincent died today. He was in one of my favorite scenes in the history of movies. "Goodfellas": "Now go get your shine box."
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 14, 2017
We lost one of our family today. Frank Vincent. Wonderful actor and lovely man. Rest In Peace, Frankie.
— Maureen Van Zandt (@MVZaGoGo) September 13, 2017
R.I.P. the great Frank Vincent. I often think of this promo photo of the band that Frank & Joe Pesci played in during the '70s. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/jaz2XVvHIa
— Bob Mehr (@BobMehr) September 13, 2017
Our family will never forget the Leotardo legacy.
RIP to an HBO legend, Frank Vincent. pic.twitter.com/9zlfk9A7yg
— HBO (@HBO) September 13, 2017
TMZ writes that he died following complications from heart surgery.