Tony Sirico, most popular for his job as “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on The Sopranos, has kicked the bucket. He was 79.
Sirico died Friday at a helped living office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as per his administrator of 25 years Bob McGowan. No reason for death was uncovered except for Sirico had been experiencing dementia for two or three years.
“In addition to the fact that he was a dedicated client, he was an old buddy,” McGowan told The Hollywood Reporter.
Sirico depicted “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri, a nearby comrade of James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, on the HBO series.
His Sopranos co-star Michael Imperioli honored Sirico on his Instagram expressing, “It torments me to say that my dear companion, associate and sidekick, the incomparable TONY SIRICO has died today. Tony resembled no other person: he was as intense, as faithful and as large-hearted as anybody I’ve at any point known.”
He proceeded, “I was next to him through to such an extent: through all sorts of challenges. In any case, generally great. Furthermore, we enjoyed a ton of chuckles. We found a section as Christopher and Paulie and I am glad to say I did a ton of my best and most tomfoolery work with my dear buddy Tony. I will miss him for eternity. He is genuinely indispensable. I send love to his family, companions and his numerous many fans. He was adored and won’t ever be neglected. Crushed today.”
Brought into the world in New York City on July 29, 1942, Sirico served in the Army prior to sending off his acting vocation during the 1970s. Sirico made his acting presentation in the 1974 show Crazy Joe featuring Henry Winkler.
Sirico was likewise referred to for jobs in such movies as Goodfellas, Cop Land and Mickey Blue Eyes. He much of the time teamed up with Woody Allen, having showed up in the chief’s movies Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity and Wonder Wheel.
Among his TV work was a voice job on five episodes of Family Guy as Vinny Griffin, who was briefly the family’s canine. Sirico likewise repeated on Netflix’s Lilyhammer and as a voice on American Dad! Other TV jobs incorporate Miami Vice, Chuck, Medium, Taxi Brooklyn and The Grindr.
He latest work incorporates the film Respect the Jux.
The Sopranos maker David Chase honored Sirico with an explanation that read, “Tony was a gem. The manner in which Buddhists allude to a gem — heavenly and an expert. In any case, unquestionably not a Zen ace. He was so loud, so interesting, so skilled. I’m extremely glad for him that in his mid-50s and 60s he at last figured out how capable and adored he was. I was simply pondering him yesterday, surprisingly, and was reminded that he was a fundamental justification behind the progress of The Sopranos. I will miss him extraordinarily, Gennaro. As will the world.”
Sirico was likewise recollected by his co-stars Lorraine Bracco and Stevie Van Zandt. Sopranos and Goodfellas star Bracco tweeted, “An exceptional person who generally had me covered and who cherished my youngsters and my folks. I have a long period of recollections with Tony – beginning with Goodfellas to The Sopranos and far past yet my God, did we have a great time doing the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee. I really want to believe that he’s in paradise making everyone laugh uncontrollably now. Love you, my buddy.” Bracco likewise featured close by Sirico in a Funny or Die short The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee.
Sirico’s Lilyhammer co-star Zandt expressed, “Tear Tony Sirico. Incredible. Silvio’s dearest friend ‘Paulie Walnuts’ in The Sopranos, Frankie ‘The Fixer’s more established sibling Antonino ‘Father Tony’ Tagliano in Lilyhammer. An awesome person on and off screen. Going to miss you a great deal my companion. Most profound sympathies to the family.”
In the interim HBO portrayed Sirico as “a gigantic, unique ability. “On The Sopranos, his incredible presentation as the resolute Paulie Walnuts established him as a symbol, dearest for his jokes and immovable commitment. He will be profoundly missed by the HBO family,” an assertion shared on HBO’s true Twitter account read.
Sirico is made due by girl Joanne, child Richard and sibling Robert.