Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

Phil’s Top 5… Actors No Longer With Us

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Actors we missed who have passed away.


Close but no cigar: Paul Walker, Heath Ledger, Pete Postlethwaite, Dennis Farina


5 – JT Walsh
A mainstay of early 90’s films and TV, Walsh was the very much the archetypal a character actor who could play both good and bad.  Standout role – Breakdown with Kurt Russell.


4 – John Candy
Candy starred in some of the funniest films of the 80’s.  He was a comedy mainstay and even in a bad film would stand out as one of the best things in it.  His films still hold up all these years later.  Stand out role – Planes, Trains & Automobiles


3 – James Gandolfini
From early Tony Scott films like True Romance to later roles in Crimson Tide, Gandolfini was a powerful and memorable screen presence.  And then came one of teh geratest TV shows ever – The Sopranos and he would forever be etched into pop culture. . Stand out role –  The Sopranos, obviously. 


2 – Robin Williams
From genius (Good Morning Vietnam) to grating (Patch Adams), Robin Williams had massive hits and bigger misses.  But as a comedian & actor he was near unmatched.  A true genre icon. Stand out role – Dead Poets Society


1 – Alan Rickman
Best remembered for Snape in Harry Potter, we all first saw him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard.  Rickman’s passing was sudden and unexpected but he left behind one hell of a legacy. Stand out role – Die Hard




My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Frank Vincent Film

My Favourite… Other Cr*p

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