The Sopranos actor, restaurateur Frank Pellegrino dies at 72

Former Sopranos cast member and New York restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died of lung cancer, according to a publicist. He was 72.

Sopranos, Law & Order and Goodfellas actor co-owned exclusive NYC restaurant Rao's

Actor and Rao's co-owner Frank Pellegrino Sr. has died at the age of 72. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars)

Former Sopranos cast member and New York restaurateur Frank Pellegrino has died.

Actor and restauranteur Frank Pellegrino Sr., right, poses with his son, Rao's chef Frank Pellegrino Jr. in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars)

Pellegrino died Tuesday in New York of lung cancer, according to publicist Ken Langdon. He was 72.

As an actor, he was best known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on HBO's crime drama The Sopranos. 

His credits included appearing in Law & Order and New York Undercover, and in films such as Cop Land and Goodfellas.

He was also co-owner of Rao's, legendary as one of Manhattan's most exclusive dining spots.

The Italian restaurant, which boasts only 10 tables, has served such luminaries as Hillary Clinton, U.S. President Donald Trump, Woody Allen and Leonardo DiCaprio.

For many others, even bold-faced names, reservations are impossible to come by (at least, through 2017, according to the restaurant). 

Pellegrino's survivors include his wife, Josephine, and children, Frank Jr. and Angela. 


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