Tony Sirico was an American actor who achieved widespread recognition for his role as Peter Paul Gualtieri, sometimes known as “Paulie Walnuts,” in the television series “The Sopranos” on HBO. Tony Sirico had a net worth of $8 million when he passed away in July 2022. His death occurred in that year.
Tony was a recurring character on The Sopranos, making 86 appearances. In addition, he had a number of roles in films directed by Woody Allen, such as “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Deconstructing Harry,” and “Café Society,” among others. “The Pick-up Artist,” “Goodfellas,” and “Innocent Blood” are a few of the other movies for which Sirico has received credit.
Tony Sirico passed away on July 8, 2022, when he was 79 years old.
Tony Sirico Early Life Of Crime
Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. was given the name Tony Sirico when he was born in New York City on July 29, 1942. He has a brother named Robert who is ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic church. The neighborhoods of East Flatbush and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn were where Sirico spent his childhood.
During his younger years, he was involved in a number of criminal activities, which led to 28 arrests for a variety of charges, including robbery, assault, and disorderly conduct, among others. In 1971, Sirico had a particularly serious run-in with the authorities.
That year, he was indicted for coercion, extortion, and felony firearms possession and received a sentence of four years in jail for his crimes. In the end, he completed his time at Sing Sing Prison, which was for twenty months. An ex-convict performing company paid a visit to Sirico when he was incarcerated, and their performance sparked his interest in pursuing a career in acting.
Tony Sirico Tv Career
Tony Sirico made his debut on American television for the very first time in an episode of the crime drama “Kojak” in the year 1977. It wasn’t until 1982 that he made his way back to the small screen, and it was for an appearance on an episode of “Police Squad!” After taking yet another extended absence, Sirico appeared in the television films “In the Shadow of a Killer” and “Perfect Witness.” He continued to act in television films during the late 1990s, making appearances in the films “Gotti,” “Witness to the Mob,” and “Vig.”
Tony Sirico The Sopranos
The part of Tony Soprano that brought Sirico the most acclaim and popularity came to him in 1999 on the HBO crime series “The Sopranos.” Paul Gualtieri, also known as “Paulie Walnuts,” was one of the principal goons that worked for the protagonist Tony Soprano, who was portrayed by James Gandolfini. This actor took on the role of Paul Gualtieri.
Sirico had originally scheduled an audition for the part of Uncle Junior; however, when Dominic Chianese was chosen for the role of Uncle Junior, Sirico was offered the part of Gualtieri instead. He continued to appear on the show until it was canceled in 2007, during which time he and the rest of the ensemble were nominated for and won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Tony was 55 years old when he went to his audition, and he was still living with his mother and sleeping on the couch in the house they shared.
Tony Sirico After The Sopranos
After the conclusion of “The Sopranos,” Sirico appeared in the television special “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa” as a gangster. His subsequent appearances were on episodes of the television shows “Chuck” and “Medium.” In the television movie “Jersey Shore Shark Attack,” which was released in 2012, Sirico played the role of Captain Salie.
After that, he played Tony Tagliano in two episodes of the crime series “Lilyhammer,” and he later appeared in the Nickelodeon television film “Nicky Deuce” alongside his “Sopranos” co-stars James Gandolfini and Michael Imperioli.
In addition to his many other notable roles, Sirico provided the voice for Vinny on the animated series “Family Guy.” Vinny was the replacement dog for Brian. In the animated series “American Dad!,” he also provided the voice of a gangster.
Tony Sirico Film Career
Sirico made his debut in the film industry in 1974 by appearing in the film “Crazy Joe” as a background actor. He went on to become a well-known actor, particularly for roles in which he played gangsters. Sirico is best known for his roles as gangsters in films such as “Fingers,” “The One Man Jury,” “Defiance,” “Love and Money,” “The Pick-up Artist,” “Hello Again,” “Goodfellas,” “Innocent Blood,” “The Search for One-eye Jimmy,” “Cop Land,” “Mob Queen,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” and “Turn of Faith” over the course of his career.
Notably, Sirico has also made appearances in a number of films that were directed by Woody Allen. Some of these films include “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Celebrity,” “Café Society,” and “Wonder Wheel.”
Sirico is known for his roles in a variety of films, including the raunchy comedy “So Fine,” the drama “Exposed,” the romantic action thriller “Catchfire,” the romantic dramedy “29th Street,” and the crime thriller “Romeo is Bleeding.” In the film “Dead Presidents” from 1995, he played a police officer and left an unforgettable impression.
Later on, in the year 2014, Sirico had roles in the television police drama “Zarra’s Law” as well as the comedy “Friends and Romans.” Following that, he appeared in “Sarah Q,” which also starred his “Sopranos” co-stars Vincent Pastore and Federico Castelluccio, as well as “Respect the Jux” and “Super Athlete.”