Saturday, February 4, 2023

‘Green Book’ actor found dead on Bronx street

NEW YORK — A man found dead on a New York City sidewalk this week was identified Thursday as actor Frank Vallelonga Jr., who appeared in the Oscar-winning film “Green Book.”

Vallelonga, 60, is the son of former Copacabana goalkeeper Frank Vallelonga Sr., better known as Tony Lipp, who was played by Viggo Mortensen in the 2018 film. Frank Vallelonga Jr. played Mortensen’s relative in the film, which won an Oscar for Best Picture.

His unidentified body was discovered early Monday in the Bronx after a 911 caller reported seeing him near a factory. Police found no obvious signs of trauma and a cause of death has not been determined.

Police identified Vallelonga on Thursday and his manager later confirmed that he was the actor.

“It’s absolutely sad and shocking,” said manager Melissa Prophet.

A 35-year-old man was charged with concealing a human corpse a day after the body was found. The investigation continued.

According to the IMDb website, Vallelonga has more than a half-dozen acting credits since 1994, including an appearance on “The Sopranos.”

“Green Book” was based on a 1962 tour of the South by black pianist Don Shirley and the elder Vallelonga, who was Shirley’s driver and bodyguard.

The elder Vallelonga later became known as an actor, playing mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi on “The Sopranos”.

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