Vinny Vella, who starred in 'Casino' and 'The Sopranos,' dead at 72 after battling liver cancer

Sara M Moniuszko


Vinny Vella, known for his role in the 1995 film "Casino" and other gangster movies, died Wednesday at age 72 from liver cancer.

Vella's son, Vinny Vella Jr., confirmed the news to USA TODAY Thursday.

The news was also shared on the actor's Facebook page late Wednesday along with a photo.

"We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I'm sure that no one more saddened than himself," the statement 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."

The statement continued, "Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying - 'Who's better than you?' Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!"

Vella acted alongside Robert De Niro in "Casino" and in the 2002 film "Analyze That." Vella also starred in the TV series "The Sopranos" from 1999 to 2004.

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