Frank Vincent, actor best known for role in 'The Sopranos' dies

Frank Vincent Dead at 78 From Heart Surgery Complications

Frank Vincent Dead: 'Sopranos' Actor Dies at 78

Frank Vincent, a film and television actor best known for roles in "The Sopranos" as well as several Martin Scorsese films, has died, TMZ reports.

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The actor died at a New Jersey hospital following complications from open-heart surgery, TMZ reported. "Another devastating loss - my close friend and colleague of 30 years Frank Vincent has left us", Gallagher wrote. He has also had a memorable role as Billy Batts in Goodfellas.

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His other credits include "Raging Bull", "Casino", "Do The Right Thing", and "Cop Land". He was most recognized for the tough guy roles in mafia movies.

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