Frank Vincent, Mob Boss Phil Leotardo on 'The Sopranos,' Dies at 80


According to TMZ, Vincent died during heart surgery after experiencing complications. But it was the profane zingers he uttered as Billy "Go get your shinebox" Batts, and the gruesome onscreen deaths that Batts and Phil Leotardo both suffered, for which Vincent was best known.

Director Martin Scorsese has remembered late actor Frank Vincent, who he worked with on Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). "He was a seamless fit in many mobster movies and TV shows, such as "Goodfellas" and "#The Sopranos", over the past several decades.

Beloved actor Frank Vincent died on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

According to IMDb, Vincent was slated to play roles in five upcoming projects-among them were "The Italy Boys", now in pre-production and expected to star Tom Sizemore and Danny Aiello, and "Asbury Park", also in pre-production and expected to feature Vincent's former frequent cast-mate and close friend Joe Pesci.

Vincent was brought into the cast in 2004 as Phil Leotardo, a crime boss.

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

In addition to The Sopranos, Vincent made small-screen appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Said Vincent of Scorsese in a 2011 interview, "Marty has a knack for ... picking people who are really not that well known and to develop them as actors".

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

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. He has also had a memorable role as Billy Batts in Goodfellas.

Vincent, who was well recognized for his tough-guy roles, created an acting career that spanned 41 years.