‘So­pra­nos’ mob­ster dies

Lethbridge Herald - - WEEKEND BEAT -

Frank Vin­cent, a vet­eran char­ac­ter ac­tor who of­ten played tough guys, in­clud­ing mob boss Phil Leo­tardo on “The So­pra­nos,” has died. He was 80.

Vin­cent died peace­fully on Wed­nes­day, a state­ment from his fam­ily said.

Be­sides Leo­tardo, the ruth­less New York mob boss who fre­quently clashed with Tony So­prano on the pop­u­lar HBO drama and who was mem­o­rably whacked at a ser­vice sta­tion, Vin­cent por­trayed gang­sters for di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese. He ap­peared in “Rag­ing Bull,” ‘’Good­fel­las” — where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gam­bino crime fam­ily — and “Casino,” play­ing Frank Marino, based on re­al­life gang­ster Frank Cul­lotta.

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