Frank Vincent is a character we were introdiced to in the fifth season of The Sopranos. His character, Phil Leotardo was part of the newly released who was incacerated in the 1980's. Ambitious and eager to assume power, Phil Leotardo immediately goes back to work under the direction of Carmine Lupertazzi, the head of the New York faction of the mob.
Frank Vincent’s biography is a spectrum of the many talents he possesses. Born in Massachusetts, he was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. He took an early interest in the performing arts, acting in school plays and mastering several musical instruments. Frank’s musical abilities include keyboard, the trumpet and drums. Eventually he focused his talent on playing the drums, after playing in several drum and bugle corps. Franks has performed in recording studios with Paul Anka, Del Shannon, and Trini Lopez and the Belmonts. These early experiences performing lead him to focus on being an actor. In 1975 Martin Scorsese saw his performance in the movie, “Death Collector”. This lead him to being cast in the movie, “Raging Bull.” From this role, it was the beginning of an extensive acting career, which included his role as Frankie Marino, in the movie “Casino” and Billy Batts in "Goodfellas" .
Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo) has a new book coming out (which I got a chance to take an extended peek at), “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man”. Besides a foreword by James Gandolfini, it also has an excellent interview with one of my favorite Sopranos, Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy). The book will be released to the public on March 7, 2006 . In celebration of this great event, Mr. Vincent will be doing several book signing events.
For more information, and learn about this legend, check out Frank Vincent’s website.
When is your birthday?
April 15 (the other dates out there are wrong)
How did you originally get involved with being an actor?
I have been involved in plays at school from a very young age. I also enjoyed music as a kid. I eventually formed my own band and we played a lot of the local venues.
What unusual jobs have you held in the past?
I never held any unusual jobs. I have always been a musician and an actor. As a kid, though, I had worked at a gas station.
What are your favorite websites?
Frankvincent.com and Soprano Sue.com.
You are stranded on a desert island, and could take only one book and one music cd, what would your choices be?
What charities are you involved with?
Several, which include a retirement fund that would benefit my wife and kids.
What is in your future besides winning the lottery?
My future, what ever happens to me will be a result of my talent.
You have a new book coming out tomorrow, March 7, “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man”. How has today’s society necessitated an instructional book like this being written?
The book which I wrote with Steve Prigge is a humorous look at the culture in today’s society
What can women learn from this book?
Women who purchase the book will get an insight to how a woman should be treated. It makes an excellent gift choice for their boyfriend of husband, so they can learn what a woman should be treated like.
When I have seen you on the set of The Sopranos, you are always impeccably dressed; right down to the perfectly pressed pants (My usual comment is “I got to get whoever presses those pants to do my ironing”). Is this because of the dictation of wardrobe or do you have any influence on your characters clothing?
I have some influence on how my character is dressed, but the major decisions are made by wardrobe. The wardrobe department for The Sopranos, there is none better in the industry.
In the book, you list a Laundromat as an excellent location for meeting women; do you do your own laundry? What day and where?
No, I don’t do my own laundry.
Through out the book, you stress having the virtue of confidence of a Man’s Man. Can you give us some examples of confidence building techniques, for those readers who aren’t that confident?
You defininately have to believe in yourself. If your opinions are good, you have to learn to go with do with them. A man's man trust his own instincts.
You talk about several genres of movies in the book; I am assuming that you are a movie buff. What is your all time favorite movie?
A substantial part of the book is devoted to the science of cigar smoking. Could you have written a book devoted to the culture of cigars and smoking alone?
I have a cigar mentor, Lou Silver. He has taught me so much about the art of cigars. There is a whole science on the subject, from making a cigar to the end of result of smoking them, it’s very complicated.
On page 240, you talk about what ties are not appropriate (animals, tigers, LoJuly 31, 2015 be acceptable, and what would it say about the man who is wearing that?
I would say the man wearing The Soprano line of ties, should read the book
Is their a sequel to this book in the works?
Yes, there's a sequel in the works. But, if I told you the title I would have to kill you.
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