PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) _ Tony Lip, a veteran actor known for playing mob roles on “The Sopranos” television show and in many major feature films, has died. He was 82.

Lip, a Paramus resident whose real name was Frank Anthony Vallelonga, died Friday at a hospital in Teaneck. The cause of death was not disclosed, but family members told The Record of Woodland Park that Lip had been in failing health in recent years.

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While best known for playing mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in “The Sopranos” on HBO, Lip has also had roles in movies including “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas” and “Donnie Brasco.”

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Lip also worked at the famed Copacabana club in Manhattan during the 1960s, where met numerous celebrities of the era, including the kind of gangsters he would later portray.

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