Actor Frank Vincent, best known for his roles on The Sopranos and a number of mob films, died in a New Jersey hospital on Wednesday (Sept. 13), reports TMZ. He was 78 years old.
Vincent had suffered a heart attack last week and underwent open-heart surgery at some point after. However, there were surgical complications, leading to his death.
The actor was surrounded by family members when he passed, a statement from his family said.
Throughout his acting career, Vincent portrayed a number of gangsters and tough guys. He appeared in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull, well as 1990’s Goodfellas, and 1995’s Casino.
Vincent also portrayed the New York mob mob boss Phil Leotardo on HBO’s popular series, The Sopranos.
“He didn’t fool around. Phil was serious,” Vincent said in a 2011 interview, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “He had a job to do and he thought, you know, ‘This Soprano guy is from Jersey, what does that mean? We are New Yorkers! The Jersey mob is nothing — they don’t even prick their fingers when they do the ceremony.’ Some of the writing for Phil was just brilliant.”