Tony Sirico, a veteran actor greatest recognized for taking part in mobster Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on HBO’s mega hit The Sopranos, died Friday, Selection confirmed along with his supervisor.
He was 79 years outdated.
Sirico’s supervisor, Bob McGowan, referred to the late star as “a really loyal and nice consumer” in a press release this night, saying he “would all the time assist individuals in want.”
No reason for loss of life has been launched.
Sirico was a local of New York.
As Paulie Walnuts, he absolutely took on a personality beloved for his bombastic and humorous nature as a foot soldier to James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano… rattling off one-liners that followers of the sequence nonetheless quote to this present day.
In actual life, McGowan stated the actor — who was discovered useless in an assisted dwelling house in Fort Lauderdale — “was so powerful however so light.”
He had his personal troubles with the regulation as a younger man, however was turned on the actor go to after an performing troupe filled with ex-convicts impressed him to pursue such a profession.
From thhere, he performed quite a lot of gangster roles in movies comparable to GoodFellas and Bullets Over Broadway earlier than touchdown the function that may outline his performing profession.
Sirico initially auditioned to play Uncle Junior, however that function went to Dominic Chianese.
The Sopranos creator David Chase then supplied Sirico the function of Paulie Walnuts, though Sirico would solely agree if Chase promised the character wouldn’t “turn out to be a rat.”
Sirico went on to look in all six seasons of the Emmy-winning drama, profitable a pair of Display Actors Guild awards as a part of the Sopranos ensemble.
Following The Sopranos, Sirico appeared in episodes of Chuck and The Grinder.
He additionally lent his voice to episodes of Household Man and American Dad!.
“I used to be very unstable,” Sirico instructed the LA Instances in 1990 about his run-ins with the regulation.
“I wasn’t pondering proper. So I attached with these guys and swiftly I’m a stick-up artist. I caught up each nightclub in New York…
“I gotta admit I really feel humorous when any individual will spot me and ask for an autograph. I believe it’s that outdated guilt. Possibly I really feel like I don’t deserve the eye.”
Michael Imperioli, who starred alongside Sirico on The Sopranos as Christopher Moltisanti, paid tribute to his late former colleague on Instagram as follows:
It pains me to say that my expensive buddy, colleague and associate in crime, the nice TONY SIRICO has handed away at present.
Tony was like nobody else: he was as powerful, as loyal and as large hearted as anybody I’ve ever recognized. I used to be at his aspect by means of a lot: by means of good instances and unhealthy. However principally good. And we had plenty of laughs.
We discovered a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I’m proud to say I did plenty of my greatest and most enjoyable work with my expensive pal Tony.
I’ll miss him perpetually. He’s really irreplaceable. I ship like to his household, associates and his many many followers.
He was beloved and can by no means be forgotten. Heartbroken at present.
On Fb, Sirico’s household wrote that they’re “deeply grateful for the various expressions of affection, prayer and condolences and requests that the general public respect its privateness on this time of bereavement.”
In keeping with his household’s publish, Sirico is survived by his two children, Joanne Sirico Bello and Richard Sirico, in addition to grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and different relations.
Could Tony Sirico relaxation in peace.