In recent news, Tony Sirico passed away at the age of 79. He was best known by fans of the beloved HBO mobster series as Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri. The brother of the Sopranos star said in a statement Friday evening that it is with great sadness but with incredible pride, love, and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony “Tony” Sirico wishes to inform you of his death on the morning of July 8, 2022. Social media flooded with tributary posts and messages following the announcement.
Soprano’s costar Michael Imperioli took to Instagram on Friday to mourn Tony Sirico’s death. He wrote that it pains him to say that his dear friend, colleague, and partner in crime, has died today. Imperioli further wrote that Tony was like no one else and went on to describe him as tough, loyal, and as big-hearted as anyone has ever known. According to his family, Sirico is survived by his two children, grandchildren, siblings, and many other relatives. Apart from sharing the saddening piece of news, the family did not reveal Tony Sirico’s cause of death.
Who Was Tony Sirico?
Born on July 29, 1942, in New York, United States, Gennaro Anthony Sirico was an American actor. He was best known for his role as Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri in the Sopranos. The actor appeared plenty of times in the films, Woody Allen. He got his first confirmed role in the 1974 film Crazy Joe where he essayed the role with the help of Richard Castellano. Later, he went on to play endless roles of gangsters in films including Mob Queen, Love, and Monet, Fingers, Innocent Blood, Goodfellas, Mighty Aphrodite, Cop Land, and Hello Again, Wonder Wheel, and many more.
Sirico also played policemen in movies such as Deconstructing Harry and Dead Presidents. His most acclaimed acting job was that of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase’s Emmy award-winning drama, The Sopranos. The 79-year-old actor has been a part of the entertainment industry for a long time and entertained the fans quite well through his acting. His sudden death has shaken all his fans and loved ones to the core. As his cause of death has not been revealed yet, it is not known how did he die. It is reported that he had been diagnosed with dementia years ago before his death. Sirico has left behind his two children Richard and Joanne. For more updates, follow us.