Longtime character actor Tony Sirico has handed away on the age of 79 and his mates from The Sopranos are saying their farewells. Born in New York in 1942, the younger Sirico incessantly discovered himself in bother with the regulation as a younger man. He turned his consideration to indicate enterprise after an appearing troupe visited him in jail. The information got here through Sirico’s brother Fr. Robert Sirico, who wrote the next on Facebook:
“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…The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Hospital and the Acton Institute.”
Sirico’s first onscreen look got here as an additional in 1974’s Crazy Joe. Over the next decade, he incessantly labored with Woody Allen, showing in a number of of his movies. Such as Wonder Wheel, Cafe Society, Deconstructing Harry, Everyone Says I Love You, Mighty Aphrodite, and Bullets Over Broadway. Sirico additionally discovered regular work specializing in Mafia roles. In 1990, alongside a number of Italian-American actors of his technology, he appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. His position as Tony Stacks was his highest-profile position thus far, however it might not be the position Sirico can be most remembered for.
The Sopranos and Later Life
He’s greatest recognized for his work on The Sopranos, the HBO mob present that left a huge effect on tv historical past. Originally auditioning for Tony Soprano’s Uncle Junior, which ended up going to Dominic Chianese, Sirico was as a substitute forged as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri. Sirico’s best-known position, the character shortly turned a fan favourite. Even enjoying a central half in “Pine Barrens” alongside co-star Michael Imperioli, which is taken into account probably the greatest episodes of the collection.
Imperioli wrote on Instagram:
“It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great TONY SIRICO has passed away today. Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big hearted as anyone i’ve ever known. I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs. We found a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I am proud to say I did a lot of my best and most fun work with my dear pal Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and his many many fans. He was beloved and will never be forgotten. Heartbroken today.”
Per Deadline, others from The Sopranos are additionally paying tribute. Series creator David Chase provided this assertion:
“The way Buddhists refer to a jewel – supernatural and a master. But certainly not a Zen master. He was so uproarious, so funny, so talented. I’m very happy for him that in his mid-fifties and sixties he finally learned how talented and loved he was. I was just thinking about him yesterday, strangely enough, and was reminded that he was a main reason for the success of The Sopranos. I will miss him greatly, Gennaro. As will the world.”
Silvio Dante actor Steven Van Zandt, who additionally co-starred with Sirico in Lillyhammer, referred to as Sirico “legendary” and added:
“A larger-than-life character on and off screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend. Deepest condolences to the family.”
Jamie Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano) stated of the late actor:
“Tony was the real deal in every sense of the word. He lived many lives, but with full passion in all of them. I met him when I was 16, and he made it clear from day one that he was my forever protector, and he was. I will remember him as a tremendous talent and energy that you could never look away from. I’m so lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers to all that were lucky enough to be loved by him.”
A tribute from Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri) reads:
“certainly one of a sort in all one of the best methods! A really loyal pal with a present for making folks snort, particularly me. If you have been fortunate sufficient to be his pal you have been assured a superb time everytime you have been round him. He shall be missed. Rest In Peace pal!!!”
Lorraine Bracco who performed Tony’s psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi and had additionally appeared with Sirico in Goodfellas, had this to say about her pal.
“A stand-up man who all the time had my again and who cherished my kids and my dad and mom. I’ve a lifetime of reminiscences with Tony – beginning with Goodfellas to The Sopranos and manner past however my God, did now we have enjoyable doing the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee. I hope he’s in heaven cracking everyone up now. Love you, my pal.”
After his work on The Sopranos ended, Sirico labored on different TV exhibits, similar to Lilyhammer and Family Guy. On the latter, he voiced Vinny, who turned the Griffin household canine after Brian quickly died. He is survived by his two kids, Joanne Sirico and Richard, and a number of “grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and many other relatives,” in line with his brother.