Born Frank Scioscia on October 27, 1935, in Brooklyn, he made his film debut with an uncredited role in 1971’s The French Connection. Adonis had small roles in such films as Lucky Lucianoi, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight and Shaft’s Big Score! during that decade before landing a role in Raging Bull, Scorsese’s seminal 1980 boxing biopic starring Robert De Niro. He would go on to appear in the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s mobbed-up pics Goodfellas (1990) — his Anthony Stabile (above left) was present for the classic, cringe-inducing “funny like a clown?” scene — and Casino (1995).
Adonis’ many other credits included