Beloved actor Frank Adonis, best known for his role in Goodfellas, has died at the age of 83. Adonis has struggled with health problems for years as a result of kidney failure. His 62-year-old wife, Denise, announced the sad news of his death, saying he passed away Wednesday night in Las Vegas. She also revealed that he'd been on dialysis as well as a ventilator for nine days prior to his death. While his family wanted to wait until Christmas was over to take him off life support, the actor was tired of being in pain and knew it was his time to go, according to USA Today.
Adonis' career spiked following his starring role in the 1990 mob film, Goodfellas. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film was based off a non-fiction book entitled Wiseguy, written by Nicholas Pileggi. Pileggi later worked alongside Scorsese and the movie's starring actors to develop the screenplay and provide additional research materials to aid in the performance. The film portrayed the story of the Luccheses, a real New York family bonded together by crime and mafia activity. Upon its release, the movie gained world-wide recognition and was later nominated for six Oscars.