An actor who played tough-guy roles on television and on the big screen, appearing in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “Casino,” has died. TMZ reports that Frank Adonis died Wednesday night in Las Vegas after battling a number of health issues. He was 83.
TMZ talked with the actor’s wife, Denise. “She tells us he’d been sick for a couple years, mostly kidney problems,” the website reports. “We’re told he’d been on dialysis and was on a ventilator for the past 9 days, but they waited until after Christmas to take him off it.”
The report quotes Denise saying: “He will be missed. He was a great father and an amazing husband. He helped all his friends he could. Great writer, director and actor. He was my best friend.”
Adonis’ television work included appearances on “The Sopranos,” “The Equalizer” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He also appeared in the feature films “Wall Street,” “King of New York,” “True Romance” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” among many others.