Famous Hollywood legend was just found dead in a hospital room. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.
He is best known for his role on “The Sopranos” as Lupertazzi family boss Phil Leotardo. The incredible and talented Frank Vincent has just been confirmed dead.
According to reports, Vincent died on Wednesday during open heart surgery. The legendary actor was 78 years old at the time of his death.
Although he was prepared to have open heart surgery, they didn’t expect him to have complications much less death. It has been a tragic and heartbreaking time for his family, friends and fans.
Vincent was born in Massachusetts, but was a New Jersey-bred actor. He grew to fame and made a name for himself by acting as notoriously tough characters, like Billy Batts in “Goodfellas” and Frank Marino in “Casino.”
He was a tough guy in the films, but it didn’t bother him. In a 2009 interview, he shared that he understood that with his Italian-American heritage came the tendency for stereotypes. Which was true about him being mobster on “The Sopranos.”
“I think ‘The Sopranos’ probably solidifies the misconception that people have about New Jersey to begin with,” he told NJ.com. “Because you’re from Jersey, and everybody has an accent, you are perceived a certain way… (Hollywood) needs a gangster, they call me or Joe (Pesci). An Italian-American? Frank or Joe… It is who you are.”
It was definitely a stereotype for him, but it wasn’t really who he was as a person. He was actually a really nice man, and an inspiration to so many who are pursuing careers in the same business.
He also released a book in 2006. It was a nonfiction how-to book, “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man.” All around Frank was a great man and a Hollywood legend.
He will be missed deeply. Prayers for his family.