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Sopranos Actor John Ciarcia Dead at 75

He was beloved by many showbiz greats

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Malcolm Venable

John "Cha Cha" Ciarcia, who played mobster Albie Cianflone on The Sopranos, died following a brief illness Nov. 21, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 75.

Ciarcia, who was at one time Tony Danza's boxing manager, was a Manhattan native who grew up in Little Italy. In addition to playing Albie Cianfione, he appeared in films including Goodfellasand Hoffa.

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The actor also owned Cha Cha's In Bocca Al Lupo Cafe, which became a hangout for his pals including Danza, RobertDe Niro and Martin Scorsese. His survivors include his wife Karen King.