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‘Green Book’ Actor, Franklin Lakes Restaurant Owner, Frank Vallelonga Found Dead

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Franklin Lakes NJ, actor and owner of Tony Lip’s Italian Restaurant in Franklin Lakes, Frank Vallelonga Jr., was found dead of a suspected overdose in the Bronx this week, according to police and reports.

Police in New York City have identified a man whose body was dumped in the Bronx as “Green Book” actor Frank Vallelonga Jr.The body of Vallelonga, 60, was found on the ground on Monday, according to the NYPD. He had suffered no obvious signs of trauma.Vallelonga may have died from an overdose, police said. The Medical Examiner’s Office is determining an official cause of death.

Steven Smith, 35, allegedly dumped Vallelonga’s body from a car, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. He was arrested Wednesday on charges of concealment of a human corpse. “That dude was dead already,” Smith said, according to the criminal complaint.Smith said he had nothing to do with Vallelonga’s death, and did not know the victim.

Vallelonga had appeared in only a handful of films before “Green Book,” the Oscar-winning 2018 film based on his own father’s life and relationship with classical pianist Don Shirley. In the film, Vallelonga played Rudy Vallelonga, his own uncle. His father, Frank Vallelonga Sr., was played by Viggo Mortensen, while Dr. Don Shirley was portrayed by Mahershala Ali.

Frank Vallelonga Sr., who died in 2013, also became an actor in his later years, appearing in the HBO series “The Sopranos” as Carmine Lupertazzi.


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3 thoughts on “‘Green Book’ Actor, Franklin Lakes Restaurant Owner, Frank Vallelonga Found Dead

  1. Weird story. The guy who dumps the body says he died of an overdose doesnt know him. How did he get in your car? Oh wait. it wasnt his car. According to TMZ, the car that had Frank’s body was owned by his bother Nick, who says the dude didnt have permission to drive the car. WTF? This story is too screwy for me.

  2. God rest his soul. Prayers for his family and son.

  3. Yes feel bad for the family, I’m sure more it’s going to come out. They had great food at that place.

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