Tony Sirico

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Tony Sirico
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BornGenaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
 
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Tony Sirico
100401-N-0696M-202 Tony Sirico (cropped).jpg
BornGenaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 72)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present

Genaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico, Jr. (born July 29, 1942)[1] is an American actor who is best known for his role as Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri in the HBO series The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Sirico was born in New York City, New York.[1] Before turning to acting, he was convicted of several crimes, and had been arrested 28 times.[2][3] In 1967, he was sent to prison for robbing a Brooklyn after-hours club, but was released after serving thirteen months. In 1971, he pled guilty to felony weapons possession and was sentenced to an "indeterminate" prison term of up to four years, of which he ended up serving 20 months. Sirico said that during his imprisonment, he was visited by an acting troupe composed of ex-convicts, which inspired him to give acting a try.[4] According to a court transcript, at the time of his sentencing, he also had pending charges for drug possession.[5] He appeared in a 1989 documentary about life, The Big Bang, by James Toback, in which he discussed his earlier life.

Career[edit]

Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Mob Queen, Gangsters, Mighty Aphrodite, Love and Money, Fingers, The One Man Jury, Defiance, The Last Fight, Innocent Blood, Bullets Over Broadway, The Pick-up Artist, Gotti, The Search for One-eye Jimmy, Cop Land, Turn of Faith, Hello Again, and Mickey Blue Eyes.

Sirico's best known role has been playing the gangster Paulie Gualtieri on The Sopranos (1999-2007).

He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry.[6] Recently, he told the host of a Las Vegas radio show he would be playing the role of an ill-tempered high school football coach in an upcoming comedy for children called Sports Heaven. He is currently set to star in the upcoming drama Zarra's Law, written and produced by Joseph Scarpinito for Scarpe Diem Productions. In late 2013, he voiced the character of Vinny Griffin, who was a family pet in Family Guy for two episodes.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sirico and James Gandolfini with a member of the U.S. Air Force during a USO visit to Southwest Asia.

Sirico's brother, Robert, is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.[8]

Sirico has stated that, politically, he is a "far-to-the-right Republican".[9] He donated $1,200 to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1974The Godfather: Part IIExtraUnconfirmed
1978Hughes and Harlow: Angels in HellFrankie Rio
1978FingersRiccamonza
1978The One Man JuryCharlie Nuts
1980DefianceDavey
1981So FineAssociate
1982Love & MoneyRaoul
1983ExposedThief
1983The Last FightFrankie
1987The Galucci BrothersGalucci Brother
1987The Pick-up ArtistPatsy Cabaluso
1987Hello AgainTough Guy
1989White HotLuke
1989CookieCarmine's Wiseguy
1989Perfect WitnessMarcoTelevision film
1990CatchfireGreek Guy
1990GoodfellasTony Stacks
199129th StreetFortunado
1992Innocent BloodJacko
1992In the Shadow of a KillerTony AndrettiTelevision film
1993New York CopMr. C
1993Romeo Is BleedingMalacci
1994Men LiePorno Witness
1994Bullets Over BroadwayRocco
1994The Search for One-eye JimmySnake
1995Dead PresidentsOfficer Spinelli
1995Mighty AphroditeBoxing Trainer
1995MelissaJack
1995Dearly BelovedMr. BedutzShort film
1996GottiJoe DimigliaTelevision film
1996Everyone Says I Love YouEscaped Convict
1997HoodlumDriver
1997Deconstructing HarryPolice Officer
1997Cop LandToy Torillo
1997The DeliTony
1998Mob QueenJoey "The Heart" Aorta
1998Witness to the MobTommy GambinoTelevision film
1998CelebrityLou DeMarco
1998VigLocassoTelevision film
1999Mickey Blue EyesRisolli Guard
2000It Had to Be YouRicky Valentino
2001Smokin' StogiesTony Batts
2002Turn of FaithJimmy
2008The Sno Cone Stand IncBob Beasley
2009Karma CallingG
2010SkateSkateShort film
2012Jersey Shore Shark AttackCaptain Salie
2013Nicky DeuceCharlie CementTelevision film
2013Super AthleteCoach Lou
2013Zarra's LawTony Zarra
2013Family on BoardRoccoShort film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977KojakGreek GodEpisode: "Case Without a File"
1982Police Squad!Poker PlayerEpisode: "Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)"
1989Miami ViceFrank RomanoEpisode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
1996CosbyTeddyEpisode: "Happily Ever Hilton"
1999–2007The SopranosPaulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri86 episodes
2005The Fairly OddParentsBig Daddy2 episodes
2008A Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaMobsterTV special
2010ChuckMattyEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Fake Name"
2010MediumBig DaddyEpisode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2013LilyhammerTonyEpisode: "2.8"
2013Family GuyVinny GriffinVoice
3 episodes

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The Sopranos: Road to RespectPaulie "Walnuts" GualtieriVoice

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosWon
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2002Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosWon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tony Sirico Biography". The Biography Channel / A+E Networks. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  2. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (July 15, 1990). "A Real Tough Guy : Tony Sirico's rap sheet: 28 arrests and 27 acting jobs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Artie's Goose Is Coked", New York Post, May 2, 2006
  4. ^ Rothstein, Mervyn (March–April 2001). "The Sopranos: Mob Rule - The wiseguys of HBO's "The Sopranos" take a shot at another season of the award-winning show". Cigar Aficionado. 
  5. ^ From Sing Sing to Bada Bing, thesmokinggun.com, accessed July 17, 2007.
  6. ^ Sirico's most acclaimed acting job was that of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase's Emmy award winning drama, The Sopranos.
  7. ^ Family Guy's Shocking Death: Boss Reveals Why They Decided to Kill Off (Spoiler)!
  8. ^ "Acton Institute Press Releases | Acton Institute". Acton.org. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  9. ^ 'Soprano' Makes a Killing for Bush[dead link]
  10. ^ [1][dead link]

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