Played mobster roles in films including 'The Godfather'

Tony Lip, a veteran actor known for playing mob roles on “The Sopranos” television show and in many major feature films, died Friday at a hospital in Teaneck, N.J. He was 82 and had been in failing health in recent years.

While best known for playing mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in “The Sopranos” on HBO, Lip has also had roles in movies including “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Donnie Brasco.”

During the 1960s, Lip, whose real name was Frank Anthony Vallelonga, worked at the famed Copacabana club in Manhattan, where he met numerous celebrities of the era, including the kind of gangsters he would later portray.

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