Sopranos star Tony Sirico dies at 79

He was 79 years old, according to his IMDB profile.

McGowan did not provide a cause of death, but described Sirico as a 25-year-old “extremely loyal and long-term client” and someone who “always gave to charity.”

Michael Imperioli, co-star of Sirico’s Sopranos, also shared the news on Instagramsaying that Sirico died on Friday.
“Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, loyal, and big-hearted as anyone I had ever known,” Wrote. “I was by his side through a lot: through the good times and the bad. But mostly it was good. And we had a lot of laughs.”

A Brooklyn native, Sirico collected several credits in the late ’80s and ’90s, and has appeared in films such as “Goodfellas,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” and “Mickey Blue Eyes.”

But he’s become known—particularly in homes with cable—through “The Sorpanos,” playing the colorful but brutal Paulie Walnuts when necessary.

At the time of the audition, he stated in an interview that he was 55 years old and had been sleeping on his mother’s sofa. He auditioned for a different character, but creator David Chase approached him with a different role, which turned out to be iconic in his own right.

He said, ‘Do you want the good news or the bad news?’ In a 2021 interview. I said: Give me the bad news. He said, “You didn’t get Uncle Junior. But I have something on my mind. Would you be willing to do a recurring role on the show? I have a character named Paulie Walnuts.”

After the show ended, Sirico appeared in shows like “Lilyhammer”, “The Grinder” and “Family Guy”.

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But “Sorpanos” – thanks in part to the series’ renewed popularity through live broadcasts – remained his most memorable work.

“We’ve found groove like Christopher and Pauli and I’m proud to say I’ve done a lot of the best and most fun work with my dear friend Tony,” Imperioli added. “I will miss him forever. He truly is irreplaceable. He sent love to his family, friends and many fans. He was loved and will never be forgotten. The grief today.”

Sirico . also paid tribute to Sirico . Michael Gandolfini, son of the late star James Gandolfini on instagram.

He wrote, “Tony Sirico was one of the kindest, fiercely loyal, and honest men I’ve ever known.” “He was always my Uncle Tony to me, and Tony was always showing up for me and my family. I will miss his pats on my cheeks, and his infectious laugh. He was a great actor and an even better man.”

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