This is so sad.
The Sopranos star Frank Albanese, who played Tony Soprano's uncle Pat Blundetto, has passed away at the age of 84.
According to his friend Eddie Canlon, Albanese died on Monday in Staten Island, N.Y. after losing his battle to metastatic prostate cancer.
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The actor, who famously appeared in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, started out as a heavyweight prizefighter who trained under famous boxer Rocky Graziano.
After scar tissue developed on Albanese's brain, Graziano helped him score his first acting gig in 1968's The Brotherhood. The accomplished actor also appeared in Dead Presidents and As the World Turns.
Our hearts go out to Albanese's family and friends at this trying time.
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It was a birthday bash to remember!!
Robert De Niro called Jay-Z the f**k out at Leonardo DiCaprio's recent b-day shindig because HOVA was ducking his phone calls!
One source confirmed:
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Henry Hill, the real-life inspiration for Ray Liotta's character in the Martin Scorsese movie Goodfellas, has passed away.
The ex-mobster died in a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday of an unknown illness that had made him sick for a long time. According to a family member, "his heart just stopped."
After becoming an FBI informant in the 1980s and helping the authorities nab 50 of his criminal associates on various convictions, Hill left his mob life behind and entered the witness protection program.
He was relocated to Seattle with his family, but eventually got busted on a drug charge in 1987 before being kicked out of the program in the early '90s.
We're always sad to hear of people passing, but nobody can say this guy didn't live an interesting life. Rest in peace, Mr. Hill!
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Oh man! This sounds like it's going to be good!
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have reportedly signed on to star in a new pilot for CBS, which was written by Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker and directed by James Mangold, and tells the true story of Ralph Lamb, the cowboy-turned-sheriff of Las Vegas in the 1960s, and Johnny Savino, the Chicago mob fixer trying to transform the city with whom he butts heads!
Inneresting! Sounds like it could be a big draw!
Especially with the Boardwalk Empire crowd!
And with talent like that behind it, we'd be surprised if it doesn't blow up!
We'll definitely tune in! How about U?
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AMC already has Mad Men, but now the network wants some seriously bad men too. Martin Scorcese's classic film mobster Goodfellas is getting the TV treatment!
The network, which is also home to hits like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, announced it put the series into development with the original creative team behind it.
The film's producer
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