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Frank Vincent of ‘Sopranos’ fame dead: Cause of death, wife, children, photos

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Renowned Hollywood actor, Frank Vincent, who will always remembered for his role in memorable movies like “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has reportedly died at 78 years of age. More details about his death and the circumstance are being awaited.

Nonetheless a report in the TMZ said that the actor died of a massive heart attack. A TMZ report while Frank Vincent cause of death said, “We’re told Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery some point after that. We’re told he died from surgical complications. He was surrounded by family members when he passed … according to a statement they released”.

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Frank Vincent’s most recognized characters were Billy Batts in 1990’s “Goodfellas” and Phil Leotardo, the nemesis to Tony Soprano in the long-running HBO series “The Sopranos.” Vincent also played character Frank Marino, based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta, in the film “Casino.”

Vincent was born in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. His father, Frank Vincent Gattuso, Sr., was an iron worker and businessman. Many thought that he will have a future in music as he played drums, trumpet and piano. Nonetheless he plunged into acting in 1976, when he co-starred in the low-budget gangster movie The Death Collector along with Joe Pesci, where they were spotted by Robert De Niro, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films in 1989 and 1991 respectively: Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

One aspect of his life was that he was often cast as a gangster. He appeared in Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas, where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family. He also played a role in Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino as Frank Marino (based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta), the sidekick of Pesci’s character.

In 2001, Vincent voiced the character of Mafia boss Salvatore Leone in the controversial computer and video game Grand Theft Auto III. He later reprised that role in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005). He is survived by his wife Kathleen and their three children. Vincent’s son, Tony, works as a stuntman. He doubles for Jim Caviezel on Person of Interest, and his other credits include The Detour, Homeland, Bull, This Is Us, and Mr. Robot.  Tony has over 190 credits as a stuntman to his name, dating back to 2003. His recent credits include The Departed, Inside Man and I Am Legend. He also worked on John Wick, Homeland, Bull and even Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

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