DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Tony Lip (aged 82)
-American actor (The Sopranos, Goodfellas, The Godfather)
Tony Lip (born Frank Anthony Vallelonga; July 30, 1930 – January 4, 2013) was an American actor and occasional author, best known for his portrayal of crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in the HBO series The Sopranos.
He portrayed real-life Bonanno crime family mobster Philip Giaccone in Donnie Brasco, and real-life Lucchese crime family mobster Francesco Manzo in Goodfellas. It was at the Copacabana Nightclub where he first met Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo, leading to a small role in The Godfather, his film debut. He also co-wrote his own book in 2005 named Shut Up And Eat! His time in the 1960s when he was the driver and bodyguard for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley is dramatized in the 2018 film Green Book.
DEATH: Lip died January 4, 2013 at a hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey at age 82. He was survived by his sons, Nick Vallelonga and Frank Vallelonga Jr., brother Rudy Vallelonga and one grandson.