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'Sopranos' performer Tony Sirico, 'Paulie Walnuts,' dies at 79

'Sopranos' performer Tony Sirico, 'Paulie Walnuts,' dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Sirico, who played the impeccably groomed mobster Paulie Walnuts inside "The Sopranos" with every one other accompanied by brought his tough-guy swagger to films including "Goodfellas," died Friday. He was 79.

Sirico died at an assisted living facility inside Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said his manager, Bob McGowen. There was no indeed immediate details on the source of death.

A statement from Sirico's family confirmed the demise of Gennaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico "with great sadness, nevertheless accompanied by incredible pride, deep affection with every one other accompanied by a whole a large amount of fond memories."

McGowan, who represented Sirico for additional than set of two decades, recalled him while "loyal with every one other accompanied by giving," accompanied by a strong philanthropic streak. That included helping ex-soldiers' causes, which hit place of residence for the Army veteran, his executive said.

Steven Van Zandt, who played facing Sirico while fellow mobster Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos," saluted him on Twitter while "legendary."

"A larger than existence personality on with every one other accompanied by off screen. Gonna fail to hit you a a large amount my friend," the performer with every one other accompanied by player said.

Michael Imperioli, who portrayed Christopher Moltisanti on "The Sopranos," called Sirico his "dear friend, colleague with every one other accompanied by partner inside crime."

"Tony was exist fond of no indeed one else: he was while tough, while loyal with every one other accompanied by while large hearted while anyone i've at some time known," Imperioli said on Instagram.

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Sirico was unconcerned concerning actuality cast inside a twine of bad guy roles, McGowan said, most prominently that of Peter Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri inside the 1999-2007 sprint of the acclaimed HBO drama starring James Gandolfini while mob boss Tony Soprano. (Gandolfini died inside 2013 at number of years 51).

"He didn't cerebrum playing a mob guy, nevertheless he wouldn't amuse oneself an informant," or while Sirico place it, a "snitch," McGowan said.

Sirico, born July 29, 1942, inside New York City, grew up inside the Flatbush with every one other accompanied by Bensonhurst neighborhoods where he said "every guy was trying to demonstrate himself. You either had to have a tattoo or a bullet hole."

"I had both," he told the Los Angeles Times inside a 1990 interview, calling himself "unstable" throughout that time of his life. He was arrested repeatedly for criminal offenses, he said, with every one other accompanied by was inside prison twice. In his last stint behind bars, inside the 1970s, he saw a show by a category of ex-convicts with every one other accompanied by caught the acting bug.

"I watched 'em with every one other accompanied by I thought, 'I tin do that.' I knew I wasn't bad looking. And I knew I had the (guts) to stand up with every one other accompanied by (bull) people," he told the Times. "You obtain a a large amount of practice inside prison. I used to stand up inside front of these cold-blooded murderers with every one other accompanied by kidnapers — with every one other accompanied by build 'em laugh."

Sirico too was cast external outside the gangster mold, playing police officers inside the films "Dead Presidents" with every one other accompanied by "Deconstructing Harry." Among his other credits were Woody Allen films including "Bullets over Broadway" with every one other accompanied by "Mighty Aphrodite," with every one other accompanied by appearances on TV series including "Miami Vice" with every one other accompanied by power of speech roles on "Family Guy" with every one other accompanied by "American Dad!"

Sirico is survived by feminine child Joanne Sirico Bello; son Richard Sirico; his brother, Robert Sirico, a priest; with every one other accompanied by other relatives.

'Sopranos' performer Tony Sirico, 'Paulie Walnuts,' dies at 79

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