NEW JERSEY – Frank Vincent, one of Hollywood’s greatest treasures,passed away last Wednesday at a New Jersey hospital. He was 78 years old.
The veteran actor had a heart attack and immediately underwent a surgical procedure just last week. It was reported that he suffered from complications caused by the open-heart surgery.
Frank Vincent served the show business industry for more than four decades. He played the character of Phil Leotardo in the television drama series, The Sopranos. Another notable role he played was Billy Batts in the 1990 hit movie Goodfellas.
The Italian character actor mostly played parts on Martin Scorsese projects. He got his break with the movie Raging Bull, but hit it hard with the famous “shine box” line in Goodfellas. His features seemed to be the reason why he felt that he landed stereotypical characters, leading to his 31-episode stint in The Sopranos.
Vincent made a cameo in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing in 1989. He worked with Lee once again in 1991 for the movie Jungle Fever, in which he played the character Mike Tucci. He was also notable for his role as Frank Marino in Martin Scorsese’s movie, Casino, which was released in 1995. This was his last movie with the popular director.
His latest project was the infamous Mr. Pickles, in which he played the voice of Jon Gabagooli. He was also seen in Law & Order: Victims Unit as Bishop Cattalano.
Vincent grew up in a New Jersey community, but he was born in Massachusetts. He played the drums for his band named “Frank Vincent and the Aristocrats,” with gigs in clubs during the 1960s.
Friends, co-actors, and fans expressed their grief on Twitter due to Frank Vincent’s passing. Actors such as Steven and Maureen Van Zandt sent their condolences and wishes to the family.