Vinny Vella — who starred in “Casino” and several other different gangster films — has died after battling most cancers.
His rep posted a message late Wednesday evening, saying … “We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one is more saddened than himself. Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen.”
Vinny’s son, Vinny Vella Jr., tells us his father had liver most cancers.
Vinny, who has 74 performing credit to his title, memorably performed deli proprietor/mobster Artie Piscano alongside Robert De Niro in “Casino.” He additionally acted with De Niro in “Analyze That.”
He had smaller roles in different movies like “Donnie Brasco,” “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Kill the Irishman,” “Mambo Cafe,” “This Thing of Ours” and “Find Me Guilty.”
Vinny’s rep added, he was “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!”
His son additionally commented, saying … “RIP to my father. I love you so much and I’m so heart broken. You are no longer in pain- no more suffering pops. I love you.”
He’s survived by his son and his spouse, Margaret.
Vinny was 72. RIP