An actor known for the HBO drama series “The Sopranos,” who also appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order” and made a mark in feature films including “Goodfellas,” has died. Frank Pellegrino died Tuesday in Manhattan after a battle with lung cancer, according to media reports. He was 72.
Pellegrino was well-known in New York City as a co-owner of the southern Italian restaurant Rao’s in East Harlem. He played FBI Bureau Chief Frank Cubitoso on “The Sopranos” from 1999-2004, and was Det. Ricciarelli on “New York Undercover” in 1994-1995.
He appeared in various guest roles on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and played Howard Klein on the short-lived CBS series “Big Apple” in 2001.
On the big screen, Pellegrino’s credits included “Goodfellas,” “Cop Land” and “Mickey Blue Eyes.”
Here’s a “Famous Foodies” clip from 2014 featuring Pellegrino showcasing his restaurant, Rao’s …