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As reported by Variety, Sopranos actor and New York City restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 72.

Pellegrino is probably best known for playing FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on eleven episodes of The Sopranos, and like a lot of Italian actors from New York, he spent a lot of time appearing in mobster-related films and TV shows. In addition to The Sopranos, he played Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, appeared in three episodes across the Law & Order universe, and he had smaller roles in Cop Land, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Manhattan Murder Mystery. As Variety notes, he also had a recent guest appearance on Bravo’s Odd Mom Out.


Separate from his acting life, Pellegrino was a food buff and co-owner of iconic Italian eatery Rao‚Äôs in East Harlem, New York‚ÄĒa restaurant that has appeared in Jay Z videos, The Wolf Of Wall Street, and on season eight of Top Chef.

Pellegrino‚Äôs longtime friend Charlie Gasparino (a panelist on Fox Business) posted a tribute on Facebook, calling him a ‚Äúlegend‚ÄĚ in New York and an ‚Äúold school‚ÄĚ guy who had a ‚Äútough exterior but a heart of gold.‚ÄĚ