Martin Scorsese writes emotional tribute for Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent Dead at 78 From Heart Surgery Complications

Beloved actor Frank Vincent died on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. According to TMZ, Vincent suffered a heart attack last week and underwent an open-heart surgery as a result.

Most known for his "tough guy" roles, Vincent starred in a handful of mafia movies such as Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). What are some of your favorite memories of him on TV or in movies?

Born in MA but raised in New Jersey, Vincent originally wanted to have a career in music but switched to acting when he got a role in a low-budget mob movie called The Death Collector alongside another up-and-coming actor named Joe Pesci.

Another film in which Vincent was expected to play a role was "Sarah Q", directed and co-written by Vincent's friend John Gallagher.

After The Sopranos ended, Vincent continued to work in television, including voicing a character on Adult Swim's Mr. Pickles from 2014 to 2016.

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

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

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.

Vincent's other film credits include Raging Bull (1980), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing (1989).

Given that he starred in several Martin Scorsese films, the legendary filmmaker penned a heartfelt message about Vincent after hearing of his death.

Involved in show business for 41 years, Vincent was one of the most recognizable character actors.

Besides Leotardo, the ruthless NY mob boss who frequently clashed with Tony Soprano on the popular drama and who was memorably "whacked" at a service station, Vincent portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese.

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