Frank Vincent, 'Sopranos' actor, dead at 80

Martin Scorsese Pens Tribute to Frank Vincent

Vincent portrayed Phil Leotardo for several seasons in the HBO drama, and memorably co-starred as Billy Batts in Scorsese's "Goodfellas", before that appearing in "Casino" and "Raging Bull".

Vincent's family released the following statement through a publicist (via Deadline): "Frank lived life on his terms, creating a dynamic and successful path in every endeavor he chose".

Though Vincent isn't known for any lead roles in blockbuster films or hit TV series, he always brought a patented tough-guy bravado to the screen as a character actor.

No cause of death was immediately announced - but Vincent reportedly endured a heart attack recently, and the NJ.com site says he underwent heart surgery Wednesday.

Frank Vincent, whose portrayal of NY mob boss Phil Leotardo made him a mainstay on HBO's The Sopranos, has died.

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

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Television network HBO saluted Vincent on its Twitter account, saying, "Our family will never forget the Leotardo Legacy".

Vincent's talents weren't limited to just acting.

Martin Scorsese writes a tribute for Frank Vincent.

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.

The character of Billy Batts made such an impression that it kept him off "The Sopranos", at least at first, Vincent told an interviewer.

Involved in show business for 41 years, Vincent was one of the most recognizable character actors. Vincent also had small roles in two Spike Lee films, Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever.

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