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"Sopranos" & "Goodfellas" actor Frank Vincent, dead at 80

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Sopranos' actor Frank Vincent dead

Vincent's family released the following statement through a publicist (via Deadline): "Frank lived life on his terms, creating a dynamic and successful path in every endeavor he chose". Vincent passed away at the age of 78 on Wednesday after complications from open heart surgery, reported Entertainment Weekly. He had suffered a heart attack a week earlier.

According to IMDb, Vincent was slated to play roles in five upcoming projects-among them were "The Italy Boys", now in pre-production and expected to star Tom Sizemore and Danny Aiello, and "Asbury Park", also in pre-production and expected to feature Vincent's former frequent cast-mate and close friend Joe Pesci.

"Frank Vincent was someone I could count on".

Frank Vincent, whose portrayal of NY mob boss Phil Leotardo made him a mainstay on HBO's The Sopranos, has died.

Vincent's talents weren't limited to just acting.

Sopranos Paulie Walnuts actor Tony Sirico also sung Vincent's praises. Leotardo would end up playing a key role in the series.

Vincent made his film debut alongside Pesci in 1976's Death Collector, and they parlayed that low-budget movie into key roles in Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull - in which Pesci's Joey LaMotta administered a savage beating to Vincent's Salvy Batts inside and outside a club.

Vincent's other major film roles included Brian De Palma's Wise Guys (1986), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) and Jungle Fever (1991), and Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1996).

Frank Vincent, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died.

Involved in show business for 41 years, Vincent was one of the most recognizable character actors.

Vincent went on to appear in dozens of feature films and TV shows.

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