"Sopranos" & "Goodfellas" actor Frank Vincent, dead at 80
Sep 17 2017
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". Vincentpassed 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.
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.