Actor Frank Pellegrino died January 31 as a result of lung cancer in New York City at the age of 72. He was diagnosed with the disease last year.
He is best known for his role as FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso in eleven episodes of the hit mob drama “The Sopranos”.
Pellegrino appeared in only a few dozen film and television productions making his debut in 1989 in an episode of “True Blue”. His other roles include “Goodfellas”, “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, 16 episodes of “New York Undercover” as Detective Ricciarelli, “F/X: The Series”, as the physical therapist in the 1998 remake of “Rear Window” starring Christopher Reeve, “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, an episode of “Third Watch”, and his final appearance in an episode of “Odd Mom Out” in 2015.
Pellegrino was also the co-owner of Rao’s – a small but very popular Italian restaurant in East Harlem that was frequented by a Who’s Who of celebrities including Jay Z, President Bill Clinton, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The restaurant was originally owned by his aunt and uncle and has been in existence for over 100 years.
He is survived by his wife Josephine and children.
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