Tony Sirico, Star ‘Sopranos’, died at 79

Tony Sirico, Star 'Sopranos', died at 79
Tony Sirico, Star ‘Sopranos’, died at 79

Tony Sirico, Star ‘Sopranos’, died at 79

Actor Tony Sirico, who is famous for playing Peter Paul’s accomplices “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri at HBO’s “The Sopranos,” has died, according to his manager Bob McGowan.

He is 79 years old, according to his IMDB profile.
McGowan did not give the cause of death, but called Sirico “a very loyal and long-term client” for 25 years and someone who “always gave for charity.”
The opponent playing “Sopranos” Sirico Michael Imperioli also shared the news on Instagram, saying Sirico died on Friday.
“Tony is not like other people: he is tough, loyal, and true like anyone I have known,” he wrote. “I was by his side through a lot: through good and bad times. But most of them are good. And we laugh a lot.”

Sirico, a native of Brooklyn, gathered several credits in the late 80s and 90s, and appeared in films like “Goodfellas,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” and “Mickey Blue Eyes.”
But he became famous and especially in the household with the cable-through “The Sopranos,” playing Paulie Walnuts who was full of color but brutal-unnecessary.

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Tony Sirico, Star 'Sopranos', died at 79
Tony Sirico, Star ‘Sopranos’, died at 79

Tony Sirico, Star ‘Sopranos’, died at 79

During his audition, he remembered in an interview, that he was 55 years old and slept on his mother’s sofa. He auditioned for different characters, but Creator David Chase approached him with a different role, which turned out to be an icon in his own rights.
“He said, ‘You want the good news or bad news?'” Sirico remembers in the 2021 interview. “I said, ‘Give me bad news.’ He said, ‘You don’t get a junior uncle. But I have something in mind. Are you willing to do a repeated role at the event? I have a character named Paulie Walnuts.’ “

After the show ended, Sirico appeared on events like “Lilyhammer,” “The Grinder” and “Family Guy.”
But “Sopranos” – some thanks to new popularity through streaming – remains his most memorable work.
“We found the plot as Christopher and Paulie and I am proud to say I did a lot of the best and most pleasant jobs with my friend Tony,” Imperioli added. “I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends, and many fans. He is loved and will never be forgotten. Be careful today.”

Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late star “Sopranos” James Gandolfini, also paid respect to Sirico on Instagram.
“Tony Sirico is one of the best, loyal, and sincere men I have ever known,” he wrote. “He has always been Tony’s uncle to me, and Tony always appears for me and my family. I will miss his clips on my cheeks and infectious laughter. He is a phenomenal actor and a better man.”

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