One of The Sopranos’ most memorable characters, Tony Sirico, has died. He was 79 years old at the time. No one knows why Sirico died on Friday. His brother, Robert Sirico, shared the news of his death on Facebook on Friday, announcing it in a post.
“The family of Gennaro Anthony ‘Tony’ Sirico wishes to inform you of his passing on the morning of July 8, 2022,” they write. “It is with great regret, but with incredible pride, affection, and a whole lot of pleasant memories.”
“The family is extremely appreciative for the countless expressions of love, prayer, and sympathies and wishes that the public respect its privacy in this time of loss,” he said. ”
Who Is Tony Sirico?
“Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on “the Sopranos” Was Played by Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. ( July 29, 1942 – July 8, 2022). He Also Appeared in Numerous Woody Allen Films.
He Was Born on July 29, 1942, to An Italian-American Family in New York City. he Grew up In the Brooklyn Boroughs of East Flatbush and Bensonhurst. He Has a Brother Who Is a Catholic Priest and A Co-Founder of The Acton Institute, a Liberal Think Tank.
Before He Began Acting, Sirico Had Been Convicted of Multiple Felonies and Had Been Arrested 28 Times for Offenses Such as Disorderly Conduct, Assault, and Robbery. He Was Arrested with an A.32 Caliber Handgun on His Person on February 27, 1970, at A Restaurant.
After He Was Convicted of Extortion, Coercion, and Criminal Weapons Possession, He Served 20 Months in Prison at Sing Sing, Where He Was Sentenced to Four Years’ Imprisonment.
During His Sentencing, Sirico Was the Owner of A Manhattan Discotheque and Was Awaiting Criminal Charges for Possessing a Deadly Substance, According to A Court Transcript.
During His Time in Jail, Sirico Was Visited by An Acting Troupe Made up Of Ex-Convicts, Which Sparked His Interest in Acting. He Appeared in James Toback’s 1989 Film the Big Bang, in Which He Talked About His Early Life.
Richard Castellano Helped Get Sirico’s First Verified Film Job as An Extra in 1974’s Crazy Joe. Sirico’s First Acting Coach Was Michael Gazzo. as An Actor, Sirico Has Been in Numerous Films as A Member of The Organized Crime Syndicate Such as Goodfellas, Mob Queen, Mighty Aphrodite, and Love and Money.
He Also Starred in Fingers and A Variety of One-Man Shows and Juries, Such as The One Man Jury and Defiance. In the Films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry, He Also Played a Police Officer. the Role of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase’s Emmy-Winning Drama the Sopranos Was Sirico’s Most Well-Known Acting Role.
Dominic Chianese Was Cast in The Part of Uncle Junior, Despite His Initial Tryout with Frank Vincent. on The Condition that Paulie Gualtieri’s Character “would Not Turn Into a Rat,” Sirico Accepted The Part.
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Joanne and Richard Were Sirico’s Two Children. At a Christmas Party in Little Italy, Manhattan, in 1999, Sirico and Sopranos Co-Star Vincent Pastore Met James Clemenza and His Brother Jerry, Members of The Colombo Crime Family.
at The Time, the Fbi Was Keeping Tabs on Clemenza. Paolo per Uomo Was Published by Sirico in 2008. Sirico, 79, Passed Away on July 8th, 2022, in A Fort Lauderdale, Florida Assisted Care Home.
His Death Was Not Explained, but He Had Been Diagnosed with Dementia a Few Years Before His Passing for Reasons that Remain a Mystery.