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Actor Frank Vincent died Wednesday morning from complications suffered during surgery, according to TMZ.

Vincent's Sopranos character, Phil Leotardo, was a rival of Tony Soprano's throughout the series.

Director Martin Scorsese has remembered late actor Frank Vincent, who he worked with on Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995).

Vincent died Wednesday, his family said in a statement.

According to IMDb, Vincent was slated to play roles in five upcoming projects-among them were "The Italy Boys", now in pre-production and expected to star Tom Sizemore and Danny Aiello, and "Asbury Park", also in pre-production and expected to feature Vincent's former frequent cast-mate and close friend Joe Pesci.

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, Night Falls on Manhattan and Shark Tale, among his more than 50 films.

Frank Vincent, whose portrayal of NY mob boss Phil Leotardo made him a mainstay on HBO's The Sopranos, has died.

"They got hired and I didn't", Vincent said in a 2006 interview.

Television network HBO saluted Vincent on its Twitter account, saying, "Our family will never forget the Leotardo Legacy".

Vincent started acting in the mid-1970s and was a longtime friend of frequent Scorsese collaborator Joe Pesci.

Hollywood colleagues and fans paid tribute to Vincent on social media with references to some of his memorable movie scenes.

The character of Billy Batts made such an impression that it kept him off "The Sopranos", at least at first, Vincent told an interviewer.

Frank was one of the most recognizable character actors - in the biz for 41 years - known for his tough guy roles. especially in mafia movies.


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