Frank Vincent, mobster on 'The Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas', dies aged 80

Martin Scorsese Pens Tribute to Frank Vincent

No cause of death was immediately announced - but Vincent reportedly endured a heart attack recently, and the NJ.com site says he underwent heart surgery Wednesday.

Frank Vincent, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died.

After The Sopranos ended, Vincent continued to work in television, including voicing a character on Adult Swim's Mr. Pickles from 2014 to 2016.

Legendary director Martin Scorsese worked with the late Frank Vincent on several of his most indispensable films, giving Vincent his first big break in 1980's Raging Bull, and going back to the well for Goodfellas and Casino.

Vincent's family released the following statement through a publicist (via Deadline): "Frank lived life on his terms, creating a dynamic and successful path in every endeavor he chose". Though initial reports stated that Vincent was 78 years old, his family told the Associated Press that he was 80.

Vincent was brought into the cast in 2004 as Phil Leotardo, a crime boss.

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"Our family will never forget the Leotardo legacy", HBO wrote Wednesday night, posting a photo of Vincent smiling and smoking a cigar.

Vincent's talents weren't limited to just acting.

Said Vincent of Scorsese in a 2011 interview, "Marty has a knack for ... picking people who are really not that well known and to develop them as actors".

According to Gallagher, Vincent was "heartbroken" that he didn't get the role of Uncle Junior, the uncle of the show's main character, Tony Soprano. He would play his typical mobster role in Scorsese films and was perhaps most memorable when getting under the skin of hotheaded Joe Pesci characters. His career included films from Raging Bull and Goodfellas to Do the Right Thing.

Vincent went on to appear in dozens of feature films and TV shows.

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