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Tough Guy Actor, Known Recently for 'The Sopranos,' Dies in Greece

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A veteran actor known for film and television appearances as hardened characters has died.

Richard Romanus, 80, died last week, according to the New York Post.

The veteran entertainer died at a hospital in Volos, Greece, according to his son.

His cause of death hasn’t been made public.

Romanus’ best-known roles include an appearance on “The Sopranos,” where portrayed Richard LaPenn, the ex-husband of psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi in the widely praised series focusing on an Italian-American Mafia family.

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Other roles he played included Michael, a loan shark in the 1973 crime drama “Mean Streets.”

Romanus’ son Robert Romanus confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter.

The peers of the elder Romanus mourned his passing after the announcement of his death.

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Romanus is also survived by his wife Anthea Sylbert, an Oscar Award-nominated costume designer.

The Vermont-born and Connecticut-raised actor graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a degree in philosophy before briefly pursuing a law degree before moving into cinema.

Romanus’ brother, Robert Romanos, is himself an experienced film and television actor.

Romanus moved to Skiathos, Greece two decades ago, going on to write and produce two telefilms with his wife.

Romanos and his wife were named honorary citizens of the town in 2021.


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