As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Frank Vincent (1937-2017) Film (Well actually this time out TV show!)
THE SOPRANOS (1999-2007)
Tony Soprano juggles the problems of his fractious family with those of a “Family” of a different sort – the mob. He sees a therapist to deal with his professional and personal problems, which bring on panic attacks. He deals with personal and professional power struggles, affairs, violence, the threat of exposure and betrayal, and a whole bunch of people being whacked.
The Sopranos defined a TV generation. And whilst the presence of James Gandolfini loomed large, the show still had a load of room for memorable support characters. Mob Boss Phil Leotardo, played by Frank Vincent, was for sure one of those. Leotardo was one of the mafioso who were sent to prison during the “Mafia Crackdown of the 1980s” and, after serving 20 years, was released as part of the “Class of ’04” at the beginning of season 5. Joining the show late was no barrier for impact. He was a pretty much the reason why the show ended how it did and the hail of gunfire that took many a life. An old school gangster, he was played with charm and menace and quickly become one of The Sopranos most iconic characters.
See also: Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull