An important part of Tony Sirico’s career was spent on the HBO drama that premiered in 1999 and quickly became a critical and commercial success.
79-year-old actor Tony Sirico, best known for his role as the likable but homicidal mobster Paulie Walnuts on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” died on Friday, according to his family.
Tony Sirico – Death!
Early in the age of prestige television, Tony Sirico was a crucial player in the HBO drama that premiered in 1999 and quickly rose to prominence. He appeared in six Woody Allen films between 1994 and 2016. However, Sirico’s breakthrough role was as a captain in Tony Soprano’s criminal family, played by James Gandolfini, before he became a household name for his role.
The Paulie Walnuts character was a hardened criminal who showed mercy now and then, but he was always faithful to his master, even when he made a fool of himself with his malapropisms. “Both on and off the screen, he’s a giant of a man. My buddy, I’m going to miss you so much, “Steven Van Zandt’s co-star remarked on The Sopranos’ Twitter account.
Tony Sirico! We salute you! pic.twitter.com/Yo8tQxa0xn
— 🕉Stevie Van Zandt☮️ (@StevieVanZandt) July 9, 2022
Tony Sirico had a brief role in Martin Scorsese’s iconic and critically acclaimed 1990 film, “Goodfellas.” Sirico also had a role in the cartoon series “Family Guy,” where he voiced the talking dog, Vinny.
His Best Work Through Out The Years!
Bullets Over Broadway in 1994, Mighty Aphrodite in 1995, Everyone Says I Love You in 1996, Deconstructing Harry in 1997, and Celebrity in 1998 are just a few of his Woody Allen accomplishments. He gained notoriety after the Sopranos with “Café Society” in 2016.
To notify you with great regret and pride but plenty of beautiful memories, we are announcing the death of Gennaro Anthony “Tony” Sirico on July 8, 2022,” his brother, Robert Sirico, a Roman Catholic priest, said on Facebook.
According to his brother, he leaves behind two children and an indeterminate number of grandkids, brothers, nieces, and nephews. There was no mention of a cause of death. After being arrested in the early 1970s for allegedly carrying a pistol on the streets of Brooklyn, Tony Sirico spent 20 months in jail, according to the online movie archive IMDB.com.
“Crazy Joe,” a 1974 Mafia film on Joey Gallo, was his first film appearance, but it was in the HBO series developed by David Chase that he had his most memorable part.
On IMDB, Tony Sirico describes, “When I first read David Chase‘s script, I realized this was unique.” All my life, “I’d been searching for a role like this…. I immediately understood that this was a role to die for.”.”