Tony Sirico Updates: Tony Silicon, who portrayed the ideally dressed toughie Paulie Walnuts in” The Sopranos” and contributed his tough- joe swagger to pictures like” Goodfellas,” passed down on Friday. He was 79. According to Bob McGowen, Sirico’s director, he passed away in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, supported care installation.
The reason for the death wasn’t incontinently known. Gennaro Anthony” Tony” Sirico passed away, according to a statement from his family.” With great sadness, but with inconceivable pride, love, and a whole lot of fond recollections,” the statement read.
For further than two decades, McGowan, who represented Sirico, described him as” faithful and giving” with a strong charitable drive. According to his director, this included advancing a hand to expert causes that were meaningful to the Army stager.
On Twitter, Steven Van Zandt, who portrayed Silvio Dante, a fellow toughie contrary Sirico on” The Sopranos,” praised him as” fabulous.”
” Bigger than life both on and off the screen. I’ll miss you greatly, my friend” the musician and actor stated. On” The Sopranos,” Christopher Moltisanti, played by Michael Imperioli, appertained to Sirico as his” dear chum, collaborator, and mate in crime.”
Imperioli wrote on Instagram that Tony was” unique he was as tough, as pious, and as big- hearted as anyone i have ever known.” He did not mind portraying a toughie , but, as Sirico described it,” he wouldn’t play a betrayer,” according to McGowan.
Sirico, a New York City native born on July 29, 1942, grew up in the Flatbush and Bensonhurst areas” Every person was seeking to establish his worth. Either a tattoo or a projectile hole was needed.” In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, he stated,” I had both,” describing that time in his life as” unstable.”
He said that he’d been locked doubly and constantly jugged for felonious acts. He caught the acting bug after seeing a performance by several ex-convicts during his last period in captivity in the 1970s.
” I observed them and believed,” I can negotiate that.” I felt confident in my good aesthetics . And I was confident that I had the strength to defy bullies” He spoke to the Times.” In captivity, you have a lot of practise.
I used to make these cold- thoroughbred killers and kidnappers laugh by standing up in front of them.” In the pictures” Dead chairpersons” and” Deconstructing Harry,” Sirico was cast as police officers, breaking down from the stereotypical gangbanger part.
His other credits include appearances in television shows like” Miami Vice” and” Family Guy” as well as voice places in pictures like” potent Aphrodite” and” pellets over Broadway” by Woody Allen.
Son Richard Sirico, son Joanne Sirico Bello, family Robert Sirico, a clerk, and other family members survive Sirico.
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