Actor Frank Vincent, best remembered for tough-guy roles as mob boss Phil Leotardo in HBO's The Sopranos and mobster William "Billy Batts" Devino in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas, has died at 80, his family said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. It was reported that he suffered from complications caused by the open-heart surgery. "But, everybody loved Frankie".
Frank Vincent has sadly passed away at the age of 73, according to The Blast.
The news of his demise was shared by his co-star Vincent Pastore. "May he always stay in our memory".
As surprising as it may sound considering his innate talent to embody different characters, Vincent didn't set out to become an actor early on in his life. Frank went on study music and mastered piano, trumpet and drums, touring with various national championship drum and bugle corps.
Prior to this, he was the drummer in a band with fellow actor Joe Pesci.
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It was during production of that film when they were spotted by Robert DeNiro, who in turn recommended them to #MartinScorsese. That led to roles in Martin Scorsese movies Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino as well as in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever.
But his roles as a gangster didn't stop in the live-action medium.
Vincent also took part in voice acting and appeared in Grand Theft Auto as Don Salvatore Leone. Vincent's last screen credit is a guest appearance in Season 18 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Friends, co-actors, and fans expressed their grief on Twitter due to Frank Vincent's passing.