Green Book actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. found dead on New York street

Green Book actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. has died at the age of 60.

TMZ reports the New York Police Department responded to a 911 call about an unconscious man in the Bronx on Monday morning.

Upon arrival, they found a dead body in the street, which was later identified as Vallelonga. An official cause of death is to be determined but cops say preliminary findings hint at an overdose. The NYPD says the investigation into Vallelonga is ongoing. 

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According to the outlet, a suspect has been criminally charged with dumping Vallelonga’s body, with the suspect claiming the actor’s brother, Oscar-winning producer Nick Vallelonga, who co-wrote and produced Green Book, owned the car. 

However, Nick told police he did not give permission to the suspect to drive his car.

Frank Vallelonga’s recent acting credits include The Birthday Cake, The Neighborhood and The Sopranos.

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The Vallelongas are well known in Hollywood. Their father is Tony Lip, who is best known for playing Carmine on The Sopranos and he also appeared on Goodfellas. 

In fact, Green Book is based on Lip’s life. In the 1960s, Lip was hired to be the driver and security guard of pianist Don Shirley. In the film, Shirley was played by actor Mahershala Ali, while Tony is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 2019. Frank played Tony’s other brother, Rudy Vallelonga.

The took home three awards from five nominations, winning Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Original Screenplay.

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