Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent

Highest Rated: 96% Goodfellas (1990)

Lowest Rated: 16% Belly (1998)

Birthday: Aug 4, 1939

Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

The modern equivalent of such Warner Brothers gangsters as Allen Jenkins, Frank McHugh and Wayne Morris, Frank Vincent turned in excellent, menacing performances in a score of films and TV shows while never becoming a star. Vincent started his professional life drifting through the New York nightclub world of the 1960s: he was a drummer for studio sessions and led his own band, The Aristocrats, in the honky-tonk clubs of Times Square, the Tenderloin and vicinity. He eventually formed a comedy act with his band singer, Joe Pesci. The duo performed sketches, did accents and used insult humor and toured the US for six years before dissolving the partnership in 1975. Pesci and Vincent both had large supporting roles in the low-budget gangster film "Death Collector" (1976) but Vincent did not work again in film for several years. A chance meeting with Pesci in 1978 led to an audition with Martin Scorsese for his biopic of Jake La Motta, "Raging Bull" (1980). Vincent appeared as Salvi, a gangster whom Pesci beats to a pulp, but his career idled for the next decade. Vincent appeared again with Pesci in "Dear Mr. Wonderful" (1982) and had small roles in John Sayles' "Baby, It's You" (1983), "The Pope of Greenwich Village" (1984), "No Surrender" and Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys" (both 1986). In 1989, Vincent landed small roles in two high-profile projects: Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," as a motorist doused with water from a fire hydrant, and Ulrich Edel's "Last Exit to Brooklyn," as a priest. Scorsese re-teamed Vincent and Pesci in "GoodFellas" (1990); Pesci again beat up Vincent, this time fatally. Finally, the film community began offering Vincent slightly larger roles in higher-profile films: Alan Rudolph's domestic murder thriller "Mortal Thoughts" and Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (both 1991) and Michael Corrente's crime drama "Federal Hill" (1994), as a local 'godfather'. In 1995, Scorsese reunited Vincent and Pesci in "Casino," where this time, Vincent had the opportunity to kill his longtime screen nemesis. Vincent subsequently appeared in the drama "Grind" in support of Adrienne Shelley and Billy Crudup and in Edward Burns' romantic comedy "She's the One" (both 1996). He would continue to surface in crime-drama fare such as "Night Falls On Manhattan," "Copland," "Made Men" (all 1997) and as comedic variations of his tough-guy persona in "Gunshy" and "The Crew" (both 2000). He had a rare, non-gangster-from-the-neighborhood role in the 2000 biopic of author Jaqueline Susann "Isn't She Great" playing Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Vincent also showed up on TV from time to time, including supporting roles in the TV-movies "A Perfect Spy" (PBS, 1988), "The Adventure of the Clapham Cook" (PBS, 1990), "Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace" (ABC, 1991), "On Seventh Avenue" (1996), "Gotti" (1996), "Witness to the Mob" (1998) and "Rubout" (2003), among many others. But the actor's seminal role was his addition to the supporting cast of the mob drama "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007) in 2004 as the menacing Phil Leotardo, whose simmering vendetta against Tony Sopranos crew nearly undoes the mob boss' mini-empire. During this period, Vincent co-wrote the book A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man. Vincent slowed down his prolific career after his stint on "The Sopranos," appearing in a handful of voice roles in video games and direct-to-DVD animated films. He also had a rare lead role in the gangster film "Chicago Overcoat" (2009) and appeared in an episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999- ). Frank Vincent died on September 13, 2017, while undergoing open heart surgery following a heart attack. He was 80 years old.

Highest rated movies

Raging Bull
Federal Hill
Jungle Fever Casino
Cop Land
She's the One
Witness to the Mob




No Score Yet 58% The Tested Lt. Marino (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 60% Chicago Overcoat Lou Marazano (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Man Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet City Teacher Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 10% The Last Request Father Brice (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 38% Remedy Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coalition Alvaro (Character) - 2004
38% No Score Yet A Tale of Two Pizzas Frank Bianco (Character) - 2003
40% 26% This Thing of Ours Danny Santini (Character) - 2002
25% 77% Snipes Johnnie Marandino (Character) $70.1K 2001
No Score Yet 0% Smokin' Stogies Johnny Big (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 39% If You Only Knew Gino (Character) - 2000
26% 36% Gun Shy Carmine Minetti (Character) $1.6M 2000
40% 75% Entropy Sal (Character) - 1999
20% 38% Under Hellgate Bridge Big Sal (Character) $72.0K 1999
No Score Yet 33% Netforce Unknown (Character) - 1999
16% 87% Belly Roger (Character) $9.6M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undercurrent Eddie Torelli (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 36% Vig Pete (Character) - 1998
60% 85% Witness to the Mob Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made Men Tommy "The Bull" Vitaglia (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 36% The Deli Tommy Tomatoes (Character) - 1997
75% 67% Cop Land PDA President Vincent Lassaro (Character) $44.9M 1997
60% 82% Gotti Robert DiBernardo (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 72% Grind Nick (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 29% Paperblood Tom Colletti (Character) - 1996
62% 41% She's the One Ron (Character) $9.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Seventh Avenue Angelo Occipente (Character) - 1996
78% 93% Casino Frank Marino (Character) $42.4M 1995
44% 29% Nothing to Lose Ray Diglovanni, Sr. (Character) $13.2K 1995
No Score Yet 33% Hand Gun Earl (Character) - 1994
82% 70% Federal Hill Sal (Character) $20.6K 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Lie Uncle Frank (Character) - 1994
81% 67% Jungle Fever Mike Tucci (Character) $31.7M 1991
57% 36% Mortal Thoughts Dominic, Joyce's Father (Character) $17.8M 1991
No Score Yet 67% Dead and Alive Joseph F. Zanni Jr. (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 22% Street Hunter Don Mario Romano (Character) - 1990
96% 97% Goodfellas Billy Batts (Character) $42.6M 1990
No Score Yet 18% Ruby's Dream Louie (Character) - 1982
94% 93% Raging Bull Salvy (Character) $87.3K 1980


92% 97% The Sopranos Phil Leotardo (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2004 2006-2007
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2006
83% 83% NYPD Blue Dino Ferrera (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Swift Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 8% Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Matty DiNofrio (Guest Star) 1992