I don’t think you could play a better mobster than Frank Vincent did.
He was downright scary. His was so convincing that he was actually frightening to watch. He was one bad wise guy. An authentic tipo tosto.
Frank Vincent has passed away at the age of 78 due to complications from heart surgery.
Were the Heart Surgeons hands were trembling or something? (;
Frank Vincent was best known for his role in The Soprano’s as Phil Leotardo and for his role as Billy Bats in Goodfella’s.
Remember, he made Joe Pesci rather angry and paid the price for it. In fact he usually found himself whacked in the movies.
It was reported that fellow Soprano alumni Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) sent a group email to friends who knew Vincent ; breaking the bad news;
“i just received a phone call that frank vincent has passed away… ill let all know about the services…we lost a great character actor and great man ..may he always stay in our memory.”
Pastore also posted a message on Facebook; “rest in peace dear frank.”
Pastore and Vincent met on the set of the movie “Raging Bull” and he instantly “became an inspiration,” and his “mentor and inspiration.”
Vincent was a career “mobster,” and had roles in other wise guy classics like “Casino,” “Wise Guys,“ The Pope of Greewich Village,” and “Gotti.”
He also did some TV on “Law & Order,” which is his most recent work.
In The Sopranos he played Tony Soprano’s nemesis, as his character rose to boss of the (sometimes) rival of the Lupertazzi crime family.
Frank Vincent, dead at the age of 78