‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Adonis Dead at 83: Report

December 27, 2018 Updated: December 27, 2018
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Frank Adonis, best known for his roles in several Martin Scorsese films, died at the age of 83, according to reports.

“The veteran actor died Wednesday night in Las Vegas. She tells us he’d been sick for a couple years, mostly kidney problems. We’re told he’d been on dialysis and was on a ventilator for the past 9 days, but they waited until after Christmas to take him off it,” TMZ reported on Dec. 27, citing his wife, Denise.

She said that Adonis “will be missed,” describing him as a “great father and an amazing husband.”

“He helped all his friends he could. Great writer, director, and actor. He was my best friend,” she added.

His cause of death was not revealed.

Adonis had 40 acting credits to his name over several decades. However, he’s best known for his role as mobster Anthony Stabile in the 1990 Scorsese-directed mob movie, “Goodfellas.” He also appeared in “Raging Bull” and “Casino,” which are also Scorsese films.

Adonis had a number of roles in crime films.

He also appeared in “Wall Street,” “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” ” Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,” “Bad Lieutenant,” “King of New York,” “The French Connection,” and “True Romance,” among others. He also appeared in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and others, according to his IMDB page.

He’s survived by his wife and three children.

Other details about his death are not clear.

According to his IMDB page, “Adonis was born on October 27, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, as Frank Testaverde Scioscia.”

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