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Actor famed for Sopranos mob boss role dies aged 80

By Frazier Moore

Actor Frank Vincent, who often played tough guys, including mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died at the age of 80.

Vincent died peacefully on Wednesday, a statement from his family said. No cause of death was given.

Besides Leotardo, the New York mob boss who frequently clashed with Tony Soprano on the popular HBO drama, Vincent portrayed gangsters for director Martin Scorsese. He appeared in Raging Bull, Goodfellas - where he played Billy Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family - and Casino, playing Frank Marino, based on real-life gangster Frank Cullotta.

Among his more than 50 movies, Vincent had small roles in two Spike Lee films, Do The Right Thing and Jungle Fever, and also was in The Pope Of Greenwich Village, Last Exit To Brooklyn and Shark Tale.

Raised in New Jersey, he learned piano, trumpet and drums. As an adult, he became a session drummer for such singers as Paul Anka, Del Shannon, Trini Lopez and The Belmonts.

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