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‘Sopranos’ Actor Frank Vincent Dies At 78

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Veteran actor Frank Vincent has passed away at the age of 78 from complications during heart surgery.

He had suffered a heart attack last week, which is why he was undergoing the procedure, according to TMZ.

The actor was best known for his role on the hit TV show The Sopranos, though he also had notable roles in Martin Scorsese films such as Goodfellas, Casino, and Raging Bull.

He played gangster Billy Batts in Goodfellas, where he uttered the memorable line, “Go home and get your shine box!”

Born in 1939, Frank began his acting career in 1976, although his primary interest was in music. His first major role was in The Death Collector alongside Joe Pesci. Martin Scorsese was impressed with his performance, and it became the movie that launched Frank’s career. Afterward, he became known for his many roles as a gangster.

Several of his close friends posted tributes to the actor following the news of his death, including John Gallagher, who wrote, “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.”

Frank leaves behind his wife, Kathleen Vincent, his stuntman son Anthony Vincent, and two other grown children, as well as many adoring fans.

Please SHARE if this legendary actor’s performances always impressed you, and if you want to send your condolences to his grieving family.

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