Frank Vincent, Actor Who Portrayed Dapper Mobsters, Dies

Faith Castro
September 17, 2017

Besides Leotardo, the ruthless NY mob boss who frequently clashed with Tony Soprano on the popular drama and who was memorably "whacked" at a service station, Vincent portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese.

Vincent died Wednesday, his family said in a statement.

Vincent also portrayed tough guys for director Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) - as the real-life Gambino gangster Billy Batts, he with the memorable line, "Go home and get your shine box!" - and Casino (1995). He died of complications from heart surgery in New Jersey, according to reports from The Blast and TMZ. He was spotted by Scorsese and cast in "Raging Bull" after making his film debut in the 1976 movie "The Death Collector", which featured another Scorsese regular, Joe Pesci.

Unfortunately, Frank Vincent passed away Wednesday at the age of 80.

Another film in which Vincent was expected to play a role was "Sarah Q", directed and co-written by Vincent's friend John Gallagher.

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Vincent started acting in the mid-1970s and was a longtime friend of frequent Scorsese collaborator Joe Pesci.

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.

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".

Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films, Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever, and also was in The Pope of Greenwich Village, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Night Falls on Manhattan and Shark Tale, among his more than 50 films.

Involved in show business for 41 years, Vincent was one of the most recognizable character actors. Thanks to his exceptional work in fantastic films and TV series, Vincent's legacy will live on indefinitely.

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