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Boxer-turned-actor Frank Albanese dies at 84; played Tony Soprano's forgetful Uncle Pat

Boxer-turned-actor Frank Albanese dies at 84; played Tony Soprano's forgetful Uncle Pat

He sparred with Rocky Marciano and Archie Moore as an up-and-coming boxer and later carved out a second career as a character actor, appearing in “The Godfather” and later “Goodfellas.”

But it was his brief yet highly memorable role as Tony Soprano’s aging and ever-so-forgetful uncle that brought Frank Albanese into sharper focus.

Albanese, who died Oct. 8 of prostate cancer at the age of 84, made only four appearances on "The Sopranos," but his role as Uncle Pat Blundetto -- a former mob foot soldier who has retired from “the business” – was hard to forget.

Retired to a farm in upstate New York, Uncle Pat had...

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