Frank Vincent, had roles in 'The Sopranos,' 'Goodfellas', dies at 78


Vincent was perhaps best known for his role in Goodfellas as Billy Batts, where he famously told Joe Pesci's character to "go home and get his shine box" and as Phil Leotardo, Tony's rival in The Soprano's.

With 89 credits over his 41-year career, Vincent's other highlights include starring in Spike Lee movies like "Do The Right Thing" and "Jungle Fever".

Vincent was aged 78 and died following complications from heart surgery in New Jersey on Septemnber 13; the surgery came following a heart attack earlier in the month and he reportedly died on the operating table. He'd also starred in a number of Martin Scorsese films like Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), and Casino (1995).

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Born in North Adams, Mass., Vincent studied music in his youth-he was an in-demand recording drummer before he became an actor. "Phil was serious", Vincent said in a 2011 interview.

Watch Vincent's most iconic movie scene below. Vincent had a cameo role in Stargate Atlantis in 2009, and most recently popped up as Jon Gabagooli in the television series Mr. Pickles and as Gaetano in the Alexander Klymko-directed crime drama Spy. In 2006, he co-wrote a book titled A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man with Steven Prigge.

Our thoughts are with Frank's family and friends during this hard time.