Frank Albanese, who played Uncle Pat on episodes of The Soparnos, died on October 5 2015. The cause was prostate cancer.
Frank Albanese was born on May 6 1931 in Staten Island, New York City. He had been a prizefighter who had trained under Rocky Graziano. He retired from boxing after he developed scar tissue on his brain and afterwards worked as a longshoreman. He made his film debut in an uncredited role in The Brotherhood (1968). He appeared in Plaza Suite (1971) and the television movie Honour Thy Father. He appeared in such films as Goodfellas (1990), Dead Presidents (1995), Rose Woes and Joe's (2005), Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe (2007), Meatballs, Tomatoes and Mobsters (2008), Old Secrets No Lies (2010), Shake Road (2010), A Dance with Andrea (2012), and Divided (2013). He appeared on the TV shows America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back and The Sopranos.