Frank Vincent, Legendary Mob Actor on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 78

By MIKE BARNES / Posted on September 13, 2017

The legendary bad guy also played toughs for Martin Scorsese in ‘Raging Bull,’ ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino.’ Frank Vincent, who played the vicious mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos, has died. He was 78. Vincent died of complications from heart surgery in New Jersey, TMZ reported.

Vincent also portrayed tough guys for director Martin Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas(1990) — as the real-life Gambino gangster Billy Batts, he with the memorable line, “Go home and get your shine box!” — and Casino (1995).

On HBO’s The Sopranos, Leotardo often butted heads with James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano as he eventually rose to become boss of the Lupertazzi crime family.

“He didn’t fool around. Phil was serious,” Vincent said in a 2011 interview. “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.”