Frank Adonis, 'Goodfellas' actor, dies at 83 after serious illness

Rodolfo Vieira
Dec 28, 2018
12:29 P.M.

Frank Adonis, the famous actor from the classic mafia flick "Goodfellas," recently passed away at the age of 83.


Born Frank Testaverde Scioscia, on October 27, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, the late star made his big screen debut in 1971 in "The French Connection."

The news of his passing was shared by TMZ, and, although the cause of death is yet to be revealed, it is believed that he suffered from kidney problems.

"The actor 'suffered tremendously' in the last few months of his life."


Adonis died on Wednesday night, December 26, 2018; he had been on dialysis for almost ten days and used a ventilator to breathe.

Doctors could have taken the actor off life support before but decided to wait until after Christmas so his family could spend one last holiday with him.


According to his wife, Denise, he 'was a great father and an amazing husband.' Most of all, he was a man who would go out of his way to help anyone in need.


Not only that, but the 62-year-old widow also described her late husband as a 'greater writer, director and actor,' as well as her best friend.


Phill Castellano, one of Adonis' friends, took to Facebook to let the world know that the actor 'suffered tremendously' in the last few months of his life and that he will be forever missed.


Aside from "Goodfellas," Adonis also starred in other movies directed by Martin Scorsese, such as "Casino" and "Raging Bull," where he worked alongside Robert DeNiro.


But Adonis wasn't the only star who recently passed away; Sondra Locke, an experienced actress and director, drew her last breath on November 3, 2018.

Locke, who dated Clint Eastwood for 13 years, died from breast and bone cancer and was reportedly laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa to learn more.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Jamie Foxx 'Intends' to Fight Back as His Side Quickly Responds to Sexual Assault Lawsuit

November 23, 2023

Kathie Lee Gifford Welcomes New Grandson Who Already Looks 'Exactly' Like His Brother — Pics & Name

November 30, 2023

Donna Mills 'Lucked Out' When She Met Her Partner of over 2 Decades – Now They Enjoy Life as Farmers

December 14, 2023

‘Home Alone 2’: The Fate of the Cult Actors of the Movie People Love to Rewatch

November 10, 2023

Frank Sinatra & His Daughter Didn't Talk for a Year – She Revealed His Last Apology before Death

December 21, 2023

Inside Kathie Lee Gifford's Luxury Home That She Moved to after Her Husband's Death

January 11, 2024

Katharine Ross Seemingly Made Peace at 83 with Only Daughter with Sam Elliott after Litigation

February 02, 2024

Robert De Niro, 80, Reveals Rare Photo with His Youngest Child Whose Appearance Sparks Mixed Reactions

February 09, 2024

Peter Falk's Daughter Was Banned from Dad's Funeral - Years Later She Fought for the Rights of Other Families

January 16, 2024

Francine Valli Was in a Relationship with Richie Ramone When She Died

November 25, 2023

Morgan Freeman, Who Survived Step-Granddaughter’s Tragic Death, Is a ‘Great Grandfather’ to 14 Grandkids

October 29, 2023

Ryan O'Neal's Death Certificate Reveals He Suffered from One Illness for Years

December 23, 2023

Robert Redford Lost Both Sons: The Story of Two of the Darkest Days of His Life

December 08, 2023

'The Sopranos’ Actress Suzanne Shepherd Passes Away at 89 — She Was Suffering from a Chronic Disease

November 20, 2023