03 February, 2017
Frank Pellegrino, Sopranos actor and noted New York City restaurateur, has died at age 72 after a battle with lung cancer.
Pellegrino was diagnosed with cancer past year, and had been recuperating at his homes in the city and Southampton between treatments.
"We really lost an icon", Dietl, who's running in the NYC mayoral race said. It was not only Pellegrino who could be seen on-screen but his restaurant as well. He told the paper that Pellegrino died just before 2 p.m.at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, surrounded by family. The tables were given out to old time customers when the place became hot some years ago. Along with Goodfellas, his feature credits include Mickey Blue Eyes and Cop Land. His character on "The Sopranos" ran for eleven episodes during which he attempted to uncover dirt to help in the Soprano/DiMeo case. "What a shining star and a big personality, I will miss singing along with him every Thursday night".
Pellegrino was co-owner of the East Harlem eatery.
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"The last chapter of my upcoming book takes place between the protagonist and Frankie Pellegrino at Rao's". According to TMZ, the restaurant is popular among celebrities, including Martin Scorsese, Jimmy Fallon, Woody Allen and Jay Z.
Fox Business' Charles Gasparino, a friend of the late actor, took to Facebook to post a heartfelt tribute shortly after Frank's passing.
In addition to his son, who is the managing partner of Rao's in Las Vegas and Hollywood, Pellegrino is survived by his wife, Josephine, and his daughter, Angela Pellegrino.
"To say Frank was a NY legend is an understatement - he bled this city and its egalitarian promise".