Sopranos and Goodfellas Star Frank Vincent Dead At 78

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Veteran actor Frank Vincent, best known for his portrayals of mobsters in both TV and film, has died at the age of 78 following complications from heart surgery.

In a 40 plus year career, Vincent was well known to audiences for his tough-guy characters, most notably in the Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), and on the critically acclaimed HBO television series The Sopranos (1999-2007).

His film debut came in 1976’s The Death Collector opposite Joe Pesci, with whom he would later collaborate on a short lived comedy act and eventually co-star with in the aforementioned Scorsese movies.

For his role as the doomed Billy Batts in Goodfellas, Vincent delivered what is possibly one of cinema’s most memorable lines: “Go home and get your fucking shine-box“. In perhaps one of the film’s most famous scenes the demise of Billy Batts remains a visceral experience. Vincent got ‘revenge’ however in Casino where it his character’s turn to do the killing.

On the TV screen, he continued his work in the “Mob” playing Phil Leotardo, the chief rival to Tony Soprano on The Sopranos. With his steely gaze and unmerciful demeanor, Leotardo was one of many vicious, yet colorful characters from the series.

Before the Cyborgs extends its condolences to the family and friends of Frank Vincent. In recognition of a greatly talented character actor with a truly admirable “mean” streak.

Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio is a contributing writer for Before The Cyborgs. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he is a keen follower of events in the world of film, as well as politics and history. You can also hear him podcast about film and politics



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