Wisdom From Wise Guy Frank Vincent
The 'Sopranos' actor talks about the biz and his friends in high places.
Not many people get to list Raging Bull, Do the Right Thing, Casino, Goodfellas and The Sporanos on their résumés, but Frank Vincent has all that and more on his. The actor, who has been in the biz since he was five years old, talks about the most humble celebrities, being friends with Martin Scorsese and keeping his energy up at 72.
What are you working on now?
I have two films that are waiting to go—a 3-D horror movie anda family comedy. I also have a product that I am going to be endorsing that’s coming out and I did a Ciroc commercial with P. Diddy.
What might surprise people about Diddy?
I was very surprised to know he’s a gentleman and he’s not what people would consider a stereotypical rapper. He’s a businessman, a smart man.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I guess that The Sopranos is and Goodfellas. That’s the one that most people recognize me or know me from and Sopranos is now picking up some of that slack. I guess you could say that the two of those are my two big highlights.
Do you keep in touch with your Sopranos co-stars?
Some of them, yes. We’ve been friends for a long time, a lot of them. We all grew up in the business together.
Can you tell us about the product you’re endorsing?
It’s called Isotest. It’s a product for men over a certain age to get their testosterone back up. It’s invigorating and it makes you feel good, and it’s exciting because the product is being very well received.
What's been the most difficult challenge in your career?
I don’t think anything was the most difficult. I think all the roles were something that sort of hit me and I guess I was very lucky to get those roles.
Your son is involved with the movie business, too, right?
My son, Tony Vincent, is a stuntman. He doubles for Jim Caviezel on Person of Interest. He works really hard.
You're good friends with Martin Scorsese. What is it like being in his inner circle?
It’s good. It’s good for your career because he’s quite the respected guy and he’s a genius at what he does. If you work for Martin and you don’t move up, there’s something wrong because he gives you tons of stuff to learn. Very talented guy.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time in show biz?
Well, I’ve been in show business since I was five years old. The biggest lesson probably would be to have a little humility and to realize that people are people and that everyone’s different. People approach you in a different way when you’re a celebrity—some are nice, some are not nice.
Who has been the nicest in show biz of the big stars?
That’s a good question. I’ve met a lot of big stars who have humility. Sly Stallone is a very humble guy. Robert DeNiro is a really humble guy. Some of the women aren’t so humble for some reason. I don’t know why.