Frank Vincent, Mob Boss Phil Leotardo on 'The Sopranos,' Dies at 78

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The website reports that Vincent, who was raised in Jersey City, died from complications related to heart surgery, following a heart attack suffered last week. He was Billy Batts in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas - the "made man" who famously told Joe Pesci's Tommy DeVito to "Go home and get your shine box" - and Frank Marino in the director's Casino.

Vincent also starred in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Brian De Palma's Wise Guys (1986), Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), Shark Tale (2004) and Chicago Overcoat (2009).

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Vincent's biggest role was as ruthless mafia boss Phil Leotardo in "The Sopranos", the main antagonist of Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini) in the final season. His most recent role was as a bishop on "Law & Order: SVU" previous year. He had a cameo role in 2009's Stargate Atlantis.

According to Variety, his Sopranos co-star, Vincent Pastore, took to Facebook to announce the news.