The Sopranos star Tony Sirico was an American actor best remembered for his portrayal of Peter Paul Gualtieri, or “Paulie Walnuts,” on HBO’s hit show. When Tony Sirico died in July 2022, he had a net worth of $8 million. That was the year he died.
Tony appeared in 86 episodes of The Sopranos, making him a frequent character. Woody Allen directed several of his parts, including Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Deconstructing Harry, and Cafe Society. There are many additional movies for which Sirico has earned credit, including The Pick-up Artist, Goodfellas, and Innocent Blood.
On July 8, 2022, at the age of 79, Tony Sirico died away.
Crime in Tony Sirico’s Early Years
Gennaro On July 29, 1942, Anthony Sirico Jr. was born in New York City, and he was christened Tony Sirico. Robert, his older brother, is a priest in the Catholic Church. Sirico grew up in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush and Bensonhurst districts.
In his early years, he was engaged in a range of illegal acts, including robbery, assault, and disorderly behavior, which resulted in 28 arrests on a variety of offenses. Sirico had a nasty run-in with the law back in 1971.
In that year, he was sentenced to four years in prison for his offenses of coercion, extortion, and criminal gun possession. He served twenty months at Sing Sing Prison before being released. When Sirico was detained, an ex-convict performing group visited him, and their performance inspired him to pursue an acting career.
Tony Sirico Tv Career
In 1977, an episode of the police procedural “Kojak” featured Tony Sirico for the first time. On “Police Squad!” he returned to the small screen in 1982, although only for a brief cameo. “In the Shadow of a Killer” and “Perfect Witness” were two of Sirico’s television appearances after a long break. His acting career lasted into the 2000s, appearing in shows including “Witness to the Mob,” “Gotti,” and “Vig.”
Tony Sirico The Sopranos
In 1999, Sirico was cast as Tony Soprano in HBO’s crime series “The Sopranos,” which garnered him the greatest attention and accolades. Known as “Paulie Walnuts,” Paul Gualtieri was one of the most important goons for Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini. Actor Paul Gualtieri played him.
When Dominic Chianese was cast in the character of Uncle Junior, Sirico was given the role of Gualtieri instead of the one he had initially planned to audition for. He and the rest of the cast were nominated for and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series after the program was canceled in 2007.
The 55-year-old Tony showed up to his audition still sleeping on the sofa at the home he shared with his mother.
Tony Sirico After The Sopranos
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” was the first time Sirico appeared as a mobster since the end of “The Sopranos.” Following that, he had guest appearances on episodes of “Chuck” and “Medium” on television. In the 2012 television film “Jersey Shore Shark Attack,” Sirico portrayed Captain Salie, a marine biologist.
It was then on to two episodes of the crime drama “Lilyhammer,” where he portrayed Tony Tagliano, and a role in the Nickelodeon television movie “Nicky Deuce,” starring his “Sopranos” co-stars James Gandolfini and Michael Imperioli.
Additionally, Sirico provides the voice of Vinny on “Family Guy” in addition to his numerous other roles. Brian’s substitute canine, Vinny, stepped in. He also performed the voice of a mobster in the animated comedy “American Dad!”
Tony Sirico Film Career
In 1974, as a background actor in the film “Crazy Joe,” Sirico made his cinematic debut. For his portrayals as criminals on the big screen, he became a household name. Throughout his career, Sirico has primarily played gangsters in films such as “Fingers,” “The One Man Jury,” “Defiance,” “Love and Money,” “The Pick-up Artist,” “Hello Again,” “Goodfellas,” “Innocent Blood,” “The Search for One-eye Jimmy,” “Cop Land,” “Mob Queen,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” and “Turn of Faith.
Additionally, Sirico has appeared in many Woody Allen productions. This includes “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Celebrity,” Cafe Society, and “Wonder Wheel.”
Actor/director/producer/screenwriter Sirico has been in a wide range of films, including a bawdy comedy, a drama, an action/romance thriller, a romantic dramedy, and a crime thriller. He made an indelible impact as a police officer in the 1995 film “Dead Presidents.”
Sirico went on to appear in both “Zarra’s Law,” a police procedural, and “Friends and Romans,” a comedic drama, in 2014. As a result of it, he was cast in the film “Sarah Q,” in which he acted alongside “Sopranos” co-stars Vincent Pastore and Federico Castelluccio, “Respect the Jux,” and “Super Athlete.”