Actor Frank Pel­le­grino of ‘The So­pra­nos’ dies at age 72

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

For­mer “So­pra­nos’’ cast mem­ber and New York restau­ra­teur Frank Pel­le­grino has died.

Pel­le­grino died Tues­day in New York of lung cancer, ac­cord­ing to pub­li­cist Ken Lang­don. He was 72.

As an actor, he was best known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cu­bitoso on HBO’s crime drama “The So­pra­nos.’’ He also ap­peared in “Law & Order’’ and “New York Un­der­cover,’’ and in films in­clud­ing “Cop Land’’ and “Good­fel­las.’’

He was also co-owner of Rao’s, leg­endary as one of Man­hat­tan’s most ex­clu­sive din­ing spots.

The Ital­ian restau­rant, which boasts only 10 ta­bles, has served such lu­mi­nar­ies as Hil­lary Clin­ton, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Woody Allen and Leonardo DiCaprio. For many oth­ers, even bold-faced names, reser­va­tions are im­pos­si­ble to come by (at least, through 2017, ac­cord­ing to the restau­rant).

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