Frank Albanese probably most famous for his role in three episodes of The Sopranos died on Monday aged 84. In the Sopranos Frank played Pat Blundetto the retired mobster uncle of the shows main protagonist Tony.

Before his acting career Albanese was a boxer had won 14 bouts as a heavyweight prizefighter before a brain injury ended his boxing career.

It was with the help of his mentor Rocky Graziano that he got his first acting job.  He had a tiny speaking part in 1968’s Mafia film The Brotherhood which starred Kirk Douglas.

Albanese’s other acting  credits include roles in Martin Scorsese’s Goddfellas and 1995’s Dead Presidents.