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‘Sopranos’ Actor Frank Vincent Dies at 80

Frank Vincent is Remembered for His Portrayal of Mobster Phil Leotardo

Frank Vincent, a veteran character actor remembered for his role as mobster Phil Leotardo on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died on Wednesday at age 80. No cause of death was given.

Born Frank Vincent Gattuso Jr. on April 15, 1937 in North Adams, Massachusetts and raised in Jersey City, Vincent started as a musician, playing drums for such acts as Paul Anka and Del Shannon. He was spotted by Martin 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. Over the years he guest starred in numerous TV series, including “Civil Wars,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Law & Order” and “NYPD Blue.” In 2006, Vincent wrote the nonfiction book “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.”

He is survived by his wife Katherine; daughters Debra and Maria; son Anthony; two grandchildren; and three siblings.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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