A former flutist under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Coppola scored several films directed by his son Francis (including "The Godfather, Part II" 1974, "Apocalypse Now" 1979 and "G...
The star, who was best known for his portrayal of mob kingpin Carmine Lupertazzi in hit TV show The Sopranos, passed away in hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey on Friday (04Jan12).
The exact cause of his death is unknown but family members told local newspaper The Record of Woodland Park that Lip's health had been failing in recent years.
Born Frank Anthony Vallelonga, Lip played minor league baseball in North Carolina with the St. Louis Browns organisation, then served in the American Army from 1951 to 1953 in Germany.
During the 1960s, he worked as general manager of the famed Copacabana nightclub in Manhattan, New York City where he met The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and casting director Louis DiGiaimo, who gave him a minor role in the movie as a wedding guest.
Lip went on to star in successful films Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Donnie Brasco.
In 2005, he co-wrote and released a cookbook titled Shut Up And Eat!, in which he and Italian-American actors James Gandolfini, Danny Aiello and Chazz Palminteri shared their families' favourite Italian recipes.
His funeral will take place on Tuesday (08Jan13) in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.
On Friday, Hollywood lost one of its most famed mobster-playing actors. Actor Tony Lip, best known for his role as crime boss Carmine Lupertazzi in the hit HBO series The Sopranos, passed away Friday in Teaneck, N.J., The Associated Press reports via The New York Times. Lip, who was born Frank Anthony Vallelonga, died at the age of 82 after years of poor health.
Lip was a renowned actor, especially when it came to playing mafioso roles. Besides The Sopranos, he secured the role of real-life Bonanno family gangster Philip Giaccone in Donnie Brasco. He also played Lucchese crime family member Francesco Manzo in Goodfellas. Lip even made his debut film role in The Godfather, after meeting Francis Ford Coppola and Louis DiGiamo at Copacabana Nightclub in New York City.
Lip was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., but grew up in The Bronx. He got his nickname in 1938 because he could out-talk anyone. Lip is survived by his sons Nick Vallelonga and Frank Vallelonga Jr. and one grandson.
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Veteran filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is making an autobiographical movie based on the conflicting generations of an artistic family.
Tetro, which Coppola will produce and direct, is based on what the 67-year-old describes as his own "very unusual family."
Coppola's late father Carmine Coppola was a composer; his sister Talia Shire is an actress; and his nephews Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman are both actors.
He says, "I think at this age, I'm more disposed to look at my life in terms of dramatic material.
"Maybe I'm less frightened or more confident about writing something that is fiction even though it has its basis in real things that I've seen and felt. Maybe it won't offend anybody, I hope."
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Worked with the Detroit Symphony, the NBC Symphony Orchestra (hired by Toscanini as first flutist), and as music director with Merrick Productions and L.A. Civic Opera
During the 1960s, conducted touring companies of Broadway shows
First film as composer, son Francis Ford Coppola's "Tonight for Sure"
Composed first opera, "Escorial"
Joined music staff of Hartford radio station WTIC before becoming first flutist of Radio City Music Hall in the 1930s
Wrote first score for TV movie, "The People" (executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola)
Moved to Los Angeles in mid-1960s to assist scoring on B-films of Roger Corman and assist on son's film version of "Finian's Rainbow"
Played in pit orchestra of Broadway shows: "The Great Waltz" (1934), "Kismet" (1953), "La Plume de Ma Tante" (1958), "Once Upon a Mattress" (1959), "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off" (1962), "110 in the Shade" (1963)
Wrote songs for the documentary "Mustang...The House that Joe Built"
First appearance on screen as conductor in "Harry and Walter Go to New York"
Composed new score for restored version of Abel Gance's "Napoleon" (1927; original Arthur Honegger score was lost; Carl Davis previously had created a new score for Kevin Brownlow restoration in the 1970s) and conducted orchestra at New York premiere in 1
A former flutist under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Coppola scored several films directed by his son Francis (including "The Godfather, Part II" 1974, "Apocalypse Now" 1979 and "Gardens of Stone" 1987), He also created a new score in 1981 for the restored version of Abel Gance's "Napoleon" (1927) presented by Francis.
Born April 7, 1939; mother, Italia Coppola; directed "The Godfather" (1972) trilogy; Shared an Oscar with his composer father for "The Godfather, Part II" (1974)
born in 1934; has served as dean of School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University; involved with "Audio Vision", which provides a taped soundtrack of a narrator describing visual information for blind movie goers; father of actor Marc Coppola (born 1957), director-screenwriter Christopher Coppola (born 1962) and Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage (born 1964 as Nicolas Coppola); died October 27, 2009 of a heart attack
born in 1917; conductor of symphony and opera with the San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera; also conducted several Broadway shows including "My Fair Lady" and "The Boyfriend"; served as opera advisor on "The Godfather Part III" (1990)
born in 1909; played oboe and violin; died in 1927
Born June 26, 1980; son of Talia Shire and Jack Schwartzman; starred in "Rushmore" (1998) and "The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
born in 1946; co-starred in "The Godfather" films and in the "Rocky" films; married and divorced from composer David Shire (with whom she had a son); later married to and widowed by producer Jack Schwartzman, with whom she had two sons, actor-musician Jason Schwartzman and actor Robert Schwartzman
The Juilliard School
Manhattan School of Music
He received the Arts and Letters Medal of France (1985)