TMZ: Frank Vincent, actor in "The Sopranos", dies from heart surgery complications

Frank Vincent Dead at 78 From Heart Surgery Complications

Frank Vincent Dead: 'Sopranos' Actor Dies at 78

Frank Vincent, the character actor that specialized in Mafia roles and appeared as a mobster in Goodfellas, The Sopranos and Casino, died Wednesday.

According to TMZ, Vincent was having open-heart surgery in a New Jersey hospital when he died.

The actor is best known for his role as Phil Leotardo, the nemesis of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.

He also notably portrayed real-life gangster Billy Batts in mob classic GoodFellas, released in 1990.

He was 78-years-old.

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MA but raised in Jersey City, NJ, Vincent was the author of the 2006 book A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man. His filmography also includes Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Cop Land, and most importantly, Belly, where he also served as DMX, Nas, and Method Man's acting coach. "He had a job to do and he thought, you know, 'This Soprano guy is from Jersey, what does that mean?"

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