Frank Vincent, star of The Sopranos and Goodfellas, dies aged 78 -

Frank Vincent, star of The Sopranos and Goodfellas, dies aged 78

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Frank Vincent, best known for portraying Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died, aged 78.

Vincent's Sopranos co-star Vincent Pastore announced his passing on Facebook.

TMZ reports that Vincent died due to complications from heart surgery after a heart attack.

John Gallagher, who directed Vincent in Street Hunter and The Deli, also posted the news on Facebook.

Vincent began acting in 1976 when he co-starred in the low-budget crime film The Death Collector alongside Joe Pesci.

He then acted in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, which sparked the first of many collaborations between Vincent, Pesci, and Robert De Niro, including Goodfellas and Casino.

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His Sopranos character was killed on orders from Tony Soprano in the final episode of the HBO series.

Vincent often portrayed gangsters and delivered the iconic line, "Go home and get your shine box!" as mobster Billy Batts in Goodfellas

He also appeared in the music video for Nas' song Street Dreams as his character Frankie Marino from Casino.

Friends and fans, including fellow New York actor Michael Rapaport, paid tribute to the late star on Twitter.

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