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The Sopranos and Goodfellas actor Frank Vincent dies aged 78

The veteran actor played Phil Leotardo in the hit TV show the Sopranos.

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VETERAN TV AND film actor Frank Vincent has died. He was 78.

Vincent is best known for portraying Phil Leotardo in the hit show The Sopranos.

He also appeared in a number of films directed by Martin Scorsese, appearing in Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. More often than not, he portrayed gangster characters in his films.

It is understood that Vincent died due to complications of heart surgery after a heart attack, Variety reports.

John Gallagher, who directed the actor in Street Hunter and Animal Room, said that he “could write a book about [his] times with Frank, all beautiful joyous memories, but today in our grief thoughts race to this beloved wife Kathy and his grown children”.

He began acting in 1976, when he and actor Joe Pesci were spotted by Robert De Niro who got them cast in the boxing film Raging Bull.

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