The actor, also known for his role in Analyze This, died from liver cancer

By Eric Todisco
February 21, 2019 11:23 AM
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Casino actor Vinny Vella has died at age 72 from liver cancer.

The news was confirmed to USA Today and was also shared on the late actor’s Facebook page along with a photo of Vella in black and white.

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself,” the caption read. “Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

Vella, a New York City native, was best known for his role in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 crime classic Casino, in which he acted alongside Robert De Niro. He also starred in HBO mobster series The Sopranos for five seasons, as well as the 2012 mobster comedy Analyze This, also starring De Niro.

“Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen,” the Facebook post added. “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks.”

Vinny Vella and Vinny Vella Jr.
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The post received an outpouring of condolences, including one comment from his son, Vincent Vella Jr.

“RIP to my father,” he wrote. “I love you so much and I’m so heart broken. You are no longer in pain- no more suffering pops. I love you.”

Along with his son, Vella is also survived by his wife Margaret Hernandez.