An actor who made an impact playing mobsters, both on the big screen and on TV, has died. Frank Vincent, who had a long run as Phil Leotardo on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died today in a New Jersey hospital while undergoing open heart surgery following a heart attack, according to media reports. He was 78.
Born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr., Vincent was of Italian descent and landed his share of Mafia roles, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” along with Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” In “Goodfellas” he played Billy Batts, a made man who was a member of the Gambino crime family.
His character in “Casino,” Frank Marino, was based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta.
Here’s a “Sopranos” clip featuring Vincent as Phil Leotardo, which comes with a language warning …