Sopranos actor Frank Vincent dead after open heart surgery, 78
The Sopranos actor Frank Vincent has died.
TMZ is reporting the Sopranos and Goodfellas star died during open heart surgery at a New Jersey hospital on Wednesday following complications
Frank starred in a number of Martin Scorsese films during his 41 year career.
He starred in many mafia roles and was known for his tough guy image, particularly as Billy Batts in Goodfellas and Phil Leotardo - Tony's nemesis - in TV show The Sopranos.
James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano would often clash with Leotardo as the latter grew through the ranks to become the boss of the Lupertazzi crime family.
In an interview with Broadway World in 2011, Vincent said of his character that he didn't fool around.
"He was serious. He had a job to do and he thought, you know, 'This Soprano guy is from Jersey, what does that mean? We are New Yorkers! The Jersey mob is nothing — they don't even prick their fingers when they do the ceremony.' Some of the writing for Phil was just brilliant."
Gandolfini died in 2013 at the age of 51.