Frank Pellegrino (actor)

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Frank Pellegrino
Frank Joseph Pellegrino

(1944-05-19)May 19, 1944
DiedJanuary 31, 2017(2017-01-31) (aged 72)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, restaurateur
Years active1989–2015

Frank Joseph Pellegrino (May 19, 1944 – January 31, 2017) was an American actor and restaurateur.[1]

Born in East Harlem, Pellegrino has often acted in law and gangster-themed film and television productions. He was a member of an early 1960s singing group called the Holidaes. Notable acting roles include Johnny Dio in Goodfellas, assorted appearances on Dick Wolf's Law & Order, and FBI Chief Frank Cubitoso on HBO's The Sopranos.

Pellegrino was a co-owner of the restaurant Rao's in New York City. Books written by Pellegrino include Rao's Cookbook, Rao's Recipes from the Neighborhood and Rao's on the Grill. He also produced the CD An Evening at Rao's, featuring music from Rao's jukebox.

Pellegrino died from lung cancer on January 31, 2017 in Manhattan. He was 72.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Roberts, Sam (February 1, 2017). "Frank Pellegrino Sr., 72, Is Dead; Proudly Rebuffed Would-Be Diners at Rao's". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rao's owner Frank Pellegrino dead at 72". New York Daily News. January 31, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Sopranos and Goodfellas star Frank Pellegrino dies at 72 after a battle with lung cancer". Daily Mail. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 1, 2017.

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