Green Book Dead: The New York Police Department confirmed the death of Frank Vallelonga Jr., an actor who appeared in the 2018 Best Picture winner “Green Book.” He was 60.
Manager Melissa Prophet said in a statement, “This is a sad and completely shocking tragedy.” “Frank was an outstanding human being in every capacity: family member, sibling, colleague, and friend. We will miss him tremendously.”
Monday at 4 a.m., the NYPD said they responded to a 911 call about a man who was unresponsive in the Bronx. When police arrived, they found the man unresponsive and without any signs of trauma; EMS later confirmed his death.
The New York City Police Department announced on Wednesday that a 35-year-old man named Steven Smith had been arrested and charged with concealment of a human corpse in connection with the incident. Thursday, the deceased’s name was confirmed to be Vallelonga.
The NYPD says the investigation is ongoing and that the Medical Examiner will rule on what caused Vallelonga’s death.
Other films in which Vallelonga had a hand were “The Birthday Cake,” “All In,” and “The Signs of the Cross.” Additionally, he has made guest appearances on “The Sopranos,” “The Neighborhood,” and “Gravesend.”
In 2019, the film “Green Book” won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and Vallelonga had a personal connection to the film. Filmmaker Viggo Mortensen portrays Vallelonga’s Italian American father Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, who in 1962 worked as a driver for Mahershala Ali’s Don Shirley, a celebrated African-American classical pianist. Acting as his uncle, Rudy Vallelonga, in the film was Vallelonga.
According to the NYPD, the investigation into Vallelonga’s death is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
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In addition to “The Birthday Cake,” “All In,” and “The Signs of the Cross,” Vallelonga worked on other films. The Sopranos, The Neighborhood, and Gravesend have all featured him as a guest star.
This year’s Best Picture winner, “Green Book,” had a personal connection to Vallelonga. Vallelonga’s father, Italian American Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in the film), was a driver for the legendary African-American classical pianist Don Shirley (portrayed by Mahershala Ali). Vallelonga played his uncle, Rudy, in the film.
Who Did Frank Vallelonga Jr Play In The Sopranos?
According to IMDB, Frank Vallelonga Jr. played the role of a mourner (Frank. A. Vallelonga) in the series The Sopranos. In 2004, he showed up in the episode titled “Rat Pack” from season five.
The episode’s description states, “New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano seeks professional psychiatric counseling after problems at home and in the workplace take their toll on his mental health.”
Tony Lip, Frank’s father, had a recurring role as mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi on the popular drama series. Lip appeared in ten episodes as the main character, starting with Fortunate Son and ending with The Test Dream.
In 2004, Frank and Lip had a starring role in the episode “Rat Pack.”
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