Magazine article Screen International

Tributes Paid to 'Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' Star Frank Vincent

Magazine article Screen International

Tributes Paid to 'Sopranos' and 'Goodfellas' Star Frank Vincent

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”We lost a great character actor and great man.”

Frank Vincent

Tributes have been paid to actor Frank Vincent, who has died at the age of 78.

According to reports he had complications during open heart surgery in a New Jersey hospital.

Vincent played New York mob boss Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos and had memorable supporting roles in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull, Casino and Goodfellas.

Fellow Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore said in an email to friends quoted by The Blast: ”I just received a phone call that Frank Vincent has passed away… I’ll let all know about the services… We lost a great character actor and great man… May he always stay in our memory.”

In a statement issued on Thursday Martin Scorsese: Frank Vincent was someone I could count on. He was a natural who was at ease in front of the camera - on a set or on a stage. He made it look easy in all respects. He was genuine.

”We worked together on three pictures, each time with his old partner Joe Pesci, and I always marvelled at his genius for improvisation. …

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