Remembering one of your own. The cast of The SopranosIn the wake of Tony Sirico’s death at the age 79, they shared heartfelt tributes.
“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 New York native’s family told DeadlineA statement was made Friday, July 8th. According to the outlet, Sirico — best known for playing Paul ‘Paulie Walnuts’ Gualtieri on The Sopranos — was suffering from poor health in the years leading up to his death, though a cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
The actor’s former Sopranos costar, Michael ImperioliHe also confirmed the sad news and paid tribute to his colleague and friend. “Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big-hearted as anyone I’ve ever known,” the GoodfellasThe actor who played Christopher Moltisanti wrote the following via Instagram at that time. “I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly, it was good. And we had a lot of laughs.”
He continued: “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 always remember him. He is truly irreplaceable. … He was beloved and will never be forgotten.”
Steve Scrippa, who portrayed fellow gangster Bobby Bacala on the beloved HBO drama, shared a picture of himself and Sirico dressed as Bert and Ernie via Instagram, writing, “Tony Thank You For All The Laughs My Friend. Rest In Peace.”
Lorraine BraccoSirico worked with her many times throughout her career. In a tribute post, Judith also wrote about the happy times she shared in common with the actor. “I have a lifetime of memories with Tony — starting with GoodfellasTo The Sopranos and way beyond — but my God, did we have fun doing the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee,” the Rizzoli and IslesOn Friday, the 67-year old alum posted via Instagram. “I’m still laughing. I hope he’s in heaven cracking everybody up now.”
Although he has never worked with Sirico on a Blondie album, he is a Blondie guitarist. Chris SteinHe also shared his memories of the actor via social media, revealing that they were both born in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. “He was a local legend even back then. He hung around Artie’s Pool Hall on Ave J,” the musician wrote via Twitter. “He ripped off my squad and me for 50 bucks for weed. True story.”
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