Frank Vincent of 'The Sopranos,' Scorsese films dead at 78

Critically lauded actor Frank Vincent, who had a key role on "The Sopranos" and appeared in a number of Martin Scorsese films, has died at age 78.

The actor had a heart attack last week and subsequent open heart surgery on Wednesday in New Jersey. He passed away during the surgery, TMZ reports.

Vincent was perhaps best known for his role as Phil Leotardo on "The Sopranos," a captain within the Lupertazzi Family. After the death of boss Carmine, he became boss of the family, often to Tony Soprano's annoyance. His murder aduring the series finale was the final murder of the series, save for the implied death of Soprano himself.

Vinvent often starred as a gangster, landing roles in "Goodfellas" and "Casino," both by Martin Scorsese. In total, he appeared in more than fifty feature films over the years. 

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Frank Vincent attends the launch of Sopranos Wines at the World Bar at Trump World Tower on November 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Actors Vincent Pastore (L) and Frank Vincent point at the photographers as they arrive for the fifth season premiere of the HBO series "The Sopranos," in New York March 2, 2004.
NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Actor Frank Vincent attends the HBO premiere of The Sopranos at Radio City Music Hall on March 27, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 15: Frank Vincent attends a Valentines party with cast members of 'The Sopranos' at Resorts Casino Hotel on February 15, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Vincent Curatola, Ray Abruzzo, John Ventimiglia, Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent and Dan Grimaldi from 'The Sopranos' (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent and 'The Sopranos' cast (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Frank Vincent during 'The Sopranos' on Location in New York City - September 22, 2006 at TriBeCa Area in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
Frank Vincent during 'The Sopranos' on Location in New York City - September 22, 2006 at TriBeCa Area in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
MARCH 7: Frank Vincent attends Sopranos Inside Arrivals at MOMA NYC USA on March 7, 2006. (Photo by Chance Yeh /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Frank Vincent during The Cast of 'The Sopranos' Joins Clint Bowyer in Unveiling the NASCAR Sopranos Car at SilverCup Studios in Queens, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
John Ventimiglia and Frank Vincent during The Cast of 'The Sopranos' Joins Clint Bowyer in Unveiling the NASCAR Sopranos Car at SilverCup Studios in Queens, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
Vicki Vincent and Frank Vincent during Tony Sirico and 'The Sopranos' Celebrate St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - July 30, 2005 at Private Residence in Upper Brookville, New York, United States. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
Tony Sirico and Frank Vincent during Tony Sirico and 'The Sopranos' Celebrate St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - July 30, 2005 at Private Residence in Upper Brookville, New York, United States. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Actor Frank Vincent and wife Kathy attend 'The Sopranos: The Complete Fifth Season' DVD launch party at 'English is Italian' on June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Vincent Pastore and Frank Vincent during The Sopranos - Fifth Season Premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Frank Vincent is flanked by fellow actors Vince Curatola (left) and Tony Sirico at the premiere party for the movie 'Under Hellgate Bridge' at No. 9 Restaurant on E. Ninth St. Vincent is in the film; Curatola and Sirico appear in the TV series 'The Sopranos.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(l to r) Sopranos cast members John Ventimiglia, Vincent Pastore, and Vince Curatola sing Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' during 'Comedy You Can't Refuse' at the Comedy Garden in New York City. 1/20/02 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
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