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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Frank Anthony Vallelonga

Description: Actor, USA

Known For: The Sopranos. – Goodfellas

Location: PA, United States of America

Date Born: 30th July 1930
Location Born: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Date Died: 4th January 2013
Location Died: Paramus, New Jersey, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS

Website: Tony Lip at the Internet Movie Database

Other Links: See below:

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Tony Lip

Tony Lip (born Frank Anthony Vallelonga; July 30, 1930 – January 4, 2013) was an American actor and occasional author, best known for his portrayal of crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in the HBO series The Sopranos. He portrayed real-life Bonanno crime family mobster Philip Giaccone, in Donnie Brasco, and real-life Lucchese crime family mobster Francesco Manzo, in Goodfellas. It was at the Copacabana Nightclub where he first met Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo who made his first film-debut in The Godfather but in a very small role. He also co-wrote his own book in 2005 named Shut Up And Eat!

Lip was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania but grew up in The Bronx near John Gotti’s boyhood home. He earned the nickname “Lip” in 1938 as he was very persuasive and could out-talk anyone. Lip also served in the United States army in years 1951 and 1953 while stationed in Germany.[2] He worked at the Copacabana, starting in 1961, as maître d’ and supervisor, and met famous people like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Lip had resided in Paramus, New Jersey with his wife Dolores who died in 1999.

Lip died January 4, 2013 at a hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey at age 82. He is survived by his sons, Nick Vallelonga and Frank Vallelonga Jr., brother Rudy Vallelonga and one grandson.

He portrayed real-life Bonanno crime family mobster Philip Giaccone, in Donnie Brasco, and real-life Lucchese crime family mobster Francesco Manzo, in Goodfellas.

It was at the Copacabana Nightclub where he first met Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo who made his first film-debut in The Godfather but in a very small role. He also co-wrote his own book in 2005 named Shut Up And Eat

Lip was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania but grew up in The Bronx near John Gotti’s boyhood home. He earned the nickname “Lip” in 1938 as he was very persuasive and could out-talk anyone.

Lip also served in the United States army in years 1951 and 1953 while stationed in Germany. He worked at the Copacabana, starting in 1961, as maître d’ and supervisor, and met famous people like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Lip had resided in Paramus, New Jersey with his his wife Dolores who died in 1999.(aged 82)

He is survived by his sons, Nick Vallelonga and Frank Vallelonga Jr., brother Rudy Vallelonga and one grandson.

Film appearances.

The Godfather (1972) – Wedding Guest
The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977) – Wedding Guest
Raging Bull (1980) – Nightcluber
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) – Frankie
Year of the Dragon (1985) – Lenny Carranza
Heart (1987) – Max
Last Rites (1988) – Cabbie
Lock Up (1989) – Guard
Goodfellas (1990) – Frankie The Wop
29th Street (1991) – Nicky Bad Lungs
Innocent Blood (1992) – Frank
Who’s the Man? (1993) – Vito Pasquale
A Brilliant Disguise (1994) – Pete
Donnie Brasco (1997) – Philly Lucky
A Brooklyn State of Mind (1998) – Bartender
The Signs of the Cross (2005) – Mario
All In (2006) – Darkman
Stiletto (2008) – Gus

Series.

Law & Order (1992/1996) – Bobby Murrows
The Sopranos (2001/2007) – Carmine Lupertazzi

LINKS:Tony Lip at the Internet Movie Database

  1. http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/080110_Paramus_Sopranos_actor_marks_80th_birthday.html?c=y&page=1
  2. Jump up ^ Coutros, Evonne. ” Who’s the boss now? — Paramus actor worked his way up to role he couldn’t refuse”

    , The Record (Bergen County), February 9, 2003. Accessed October 14, 2007.

  3. Jump up ^ Coutros, Evonne (April 2008). “That Was Show Biz: Bill Miller’s Riviera nightclub was a stage for top talent”

    . (201) Magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-11.

  4. Jump up ^ “Actor Tony Lip Dies At Age Of 82, Known For Portraying Carmine Lupertazzi In HBO’s The Sopranos”

    . CBS News New York. Retrieved 6 January 2013.