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The Sopranos and Goodfellas star was also a talented musician who once formed a comedy act with Joe Pesci
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 10:16am
Frank Vincent, one of Hollywood’s most familiar on-screen mobsters, has died due to complications from heart surgery. Ever reluctant to reveal his year of birth, Vincent’s age is variously given as 78 or 80.
With his New Jersey accent and Italian looks, the character actor brought authenticity to roles in The Sopranos, Goodfellas and Raging Bull.
Vincent will be remembered for his explosive screen partnership with real-life friend Joe Pesci. The pair squared off in three Martin Scorsese films: Raging Bull, Casino and Goodfellas, in which Vincent’s Billy Batts makes the fatal mistake of telling Pesci’s Tommy DeVito to “go home and get your shine box”, one of the film’s most quoted scenes.
Here are five things you may not know about Vincent:
He was a gifted musician
“Outside of acting, Vincent was an accomplished drummer,” says Vulture, and as a youngster featured as a session musician for 1960s hitmakers including Paul Anka and Del Shannon. He also played the trumpet and piano.
Growing up in the working class Greenville neighbourhood of Jersey City, a teenaged Vincent developed his musical talent as a member of Father Finnegan’s Drum and Bugle Corps, “a …read more
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