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Body of ‘Green Book’ actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. found, man accused of dumping his body


“Green Book” actor Frank Vallelonga Jr. has passed away, Fox News Digital can confirm.

“I am very sad to confirm Frank’s death,” the Vallelonga rep said. “It’s a terrible tragedy. He was an amazing guy and a great actor.”

The New York Police Department received a call about an unconscious male outside 1243 Oak Point Avenue, 41 Precinct boundary, on Monday, Fox News Digital can confirm.

Upon arrival, police found a dead body on the street and later identified the deceased as Vallelongo, police told TMZ.

“The man had no obvious signs of trauma observed,” the NYPD said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “EMS responded to the location and declared the man deceased at the scene.


Frank Vallelonga Jr.’s father was the Copacabana bouncer known as “Tony Lip”.
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The NYPD arrested a 35-year-old man named Steven Smith. He was charged with concealing a human corpse in connection with Vallelonga’s death. CCTV reportedly showed Smith dumping the actor’s body from a vehicle in the Bronx, a police spokesperson told the New York Post.

“This guy was already dead,” Smith told cops, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the NY Daily News. “He overdosed. I had nothing to do with it.”

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and an investigation is underway, according to the NYPD.


Vallelonga was the son of Frank Vallelonga Sr., a Copacabana bouncer known as “Tony Lip”. Vallelonga Jr. starred in the movie “Green Book,” which followed his father’s journey as African-American pianist Don Shirley’s bodyguard through the segregated South.

Vallelonga Sr. was portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in the 2018 film while Vallelonga Jr. portrays his uncle Rudy Vallelonga.

“Green Book” won Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars.


Vallelonga was 60 and is survived by his wife Angela and son Frank, as well as his brother filmmaker Nick Vallelonga.




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