BREAKING: Legendary Icon DEAD At 78… Please Send Your Prayers

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Dean James AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

It is with great sadness that we are reporting that Frank Vincent, the character actor that specialized in Mafia roles and appeared as a mobster in GoodfellasThe Sopranos and Casino, died Wednesday. He was 78.

The “Sopranos” tough guy suffered a heart attack last week and died during open heart surgery at a hospital in New Jersey on Wednesday, according to TMZ.

Frank was one of the most recognizable character actors — in the biz for 41 years — known for his tough guy roles … especially in mafia movies. Some of his most memorable include Billy Batts in “Goodfellas” and Phil Leotardo — Tony’s nemesis — in “The Sopranos.”

Vincent also appeared in “Raging Bull,” “Casino” and “Do the Right Thing.”

Rolling Stone reports that over a career that spanned more than 40 years, Vincent also had notable roles in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jungle FeverCoplandWitness to the Mob and NYPD Blue.

Vincent’s first big screen role was alongside Joe Pesci in the 1976 gangster film The Death Collector; 14 years later, in 1990’s Goodfellas, Pesci’s Tommy DeVito beat Vincent’s Billy Batts to death after being told to “go home and get your fucking shinebox” in a famous scene.

“If you played each take back, the timing would be exactly the same each time,” He told NJ.com of the scene with his real-life friend. “We have chemistry, which is so important. Our personal relationship is very relevant to the reality on the screen and makes it work.”

Five years later, Vincent’s Frankie exacted revenge on Pesci’s Nicky Santoro in Casino in another memorable murder scene.

However, Vincent will be best remembered as rival crime boss Phil Leotardo in the HBO series The SopranosRolling Stone‘s pick for The Greatest TV Show of All Time. Vincent’s character tormented James Gandolfini’s Tony Sopranos over the show’s final two seasons, with Leotardo’s gruesome death the last murder shown on the series.

In the same NJ.com interview in 2009, Vincent seemed content with his typecasting. “They need a gangster, they call Frank or Joe. An Italian-American? Frank or Joe. I’m currently starring in a string of Miller Beer commercials where I am playing a gangster. It is who you are. You are a writer, reporter. That is what you do. … When I was 18 years old and playing the drums, I never thought that I would have a website and that people will be buying my autographed picture and paying money for it. I just bought a condo in Florida. Life is good. I can’t complain.”

Now Go Home And Get Your F**king Shinebox

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The Sopranos.Philly Leotardo’s greatest scene.

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Philly Leotardo’s had enough of the new jersey family so orders a hit. Classic scene & classic dialogue.

Casino – End of Nicky Santoro

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Phil Leotardo Whacking

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AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS sends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of this brilliant actor.

Rest in peace brother. Thanks for the memories…

God Bless.

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