A person discovered lifeless on a New York Metropolis sidewalk this week was recognized Thursday as Frank Vallelonga Jr., an actor who appeared within the Oscar-winning film Inexperienced Guide.
Vallelonga, 60, is the son of one-time Copacabana bouncer Frank Vallelonga Sr., referred to as Tony Lip, who was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen within the 2018 movie. Frank Vallelonga Jr. performed a relative of Mortensen’s character within the film, which gained the Oscar for greatest image.
His unidentified physique was found early Monday morning within the Bronx after a 911 caller reported seeing it close to a manufacturing unit. Police discovered no apparent indicators of trauma, and the reason for dying has not been decided.
Police recognized Vallelonga on Thursday and his supervisor later confirmed he was the actor.
“It’s fully a tragedy and stunning,” stated supervisor Melissa Prophet.
A 35-year-old man was charged with concealment of a human corpse a day after the physique was discovered. The investigation was persevering with.
Vallelonga has greater than a half-dozen appearing credit since 1994, together with an look on The Sopranos, in line with the IMDB website.
Inexperienced Guide was based mostly on a 1962 tour of the South by Black pianist Don Shirley and the elder Vallelonga, who was Shirley’s driver and bodyguard.
The elder Vallelonga later in life turned referred to as an actor and portrayed mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi on The Sopranos.