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Overview (5)

Born in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
Died in New Jersey, USA  (complications from heart surgery)
Birth NameFrank Vincent Gattuso
Nickname Frankie
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

"Go home and get your shine box....", so said ill-fated Billy Batts in Goodfellas (1990). However, Billy Batts is better known to a legion of crime-film fans as the talented actor, musician, and comedian Frank Vincent. Multi-talented Vincent was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, but was raised in the Greenville section of Jersey City, New Jersey. Frank studied music at St. Pauls Grammar School and became a keen drummer at a young age, while his father introduced him to the dramatic arts. Vincent went on to became quite an accomplished musician and played with some of the key 1960s recording artists including Trini López, Del Shannon and Paul Anka. In 1975 Vincent appeared before the camera for the first time in the low-budget The Death Collector (1976) where he was noticed by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese who has since cast Frank in three iconic American films: the first saw Frank play the insolent Salvi in Raging Bull (1980), secondly as the aforementioned made man Billy Batts in Goodfellas (1990) being bumped off by Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, and once again as Frank Marino in Casino (1995). To date, Frank Vincent has appeared in over fifty movies, and has set the pace as one of the cinema's most versatile and resourceful character actors. With the recognition of his talents, various new opportunities work followed, and Frank has since lent his skills to contributing and appearing on video games, in television commercials and even rock-music clips with artists including DMX, T-Boz and Hype Williams. More recently, Frank appeared in the role of Phil Leotardo in the legendary gangster TV series The Sopranos (1999). Frank Vincent is also the proud recipient of the Italian American Entertainer of the Year Award, and has also been acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Back East Picture Show.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44

Spouse (1)

Katherine (? - 13 September 2017) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Often plays men with an extreme capacity for violence.
Frequently plays crime figures and bosses.
Dark-colored eye brows.

Trivia (9)

Father was an ironworker who worked atop New York City skyscrapers.
As of 2007, was living in Nutley, NJ.
Father of Anthony Vincent .
An accomplished drummer, he played with Bruce Willis's band at the Borgata Hotel. He and friend Joe Pesci played together early in their careers as musicians, and then again were featured in four movies together, three of them directed by Martin Scorsese.
Introduced Aerosmith to a packed audience at Madison Square Garden.
Appeared on stage at the 2007 Emmy Awards for a special The Sopranos (1999) tribute. Later that evening the show took home the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series.
He and old New Jersey buddy Joe Pesci once did a vaudeville-style comedy act modeled on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of their role models.
Originally auditioned for the role of "Uncle Junior" in The Sopranos (1999), but the show's creator and executive producer David Chase felt that, with Michael Imperioli and Lorraine Bracco already on board as series leads, the show's principal cast would be too top-heavy with Goodfellas (1990) alumni.
Three children: daughters Debra and Maria and son Anthony.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Martin Scorsese] Working with Martin Scorsese is probably the biggest career boost any actor could have.

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