Tony Sirico

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Tony Sirico
BornGenaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 70)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OccupationActor/Voice Actor
Years active1970s—present
 
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Tony Sirico
BornGenaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 70)[1]
Brooklyn, New York, United States
OccupationActor/Voice Actor
Years active1970s—present

Genaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico, Jr. (born July 29, 1942) is an American character actor who is most noted for his role as Paulie Walnuts in the television series The Sopranos.

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Background and career

Sirico was born in Midwood, Brooklyn. Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Mob Queen, Gangsters, Love and Money, Fingers, The One Man Jury, Defiance, The Last Fight, Innocent Blood, Bullets Over Broadway, The Pick-up Artist, Gotti, Cop Land, Turn of Faith, and Mickey Blue Eyes. He also played the part of Paulie Gautieri in the Sopranos. He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry.[2] 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 kids 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.

Before turning to acting, Sirico was reportedly a fast-rising mob associate of the Colombo crime family, serving under Carmine "Junior" Persico, and had been arrested 28 times. There is a Sopranos reference to this fact when Paulie says, "I lived through the seventies by the skin of my nuts when the Colombos were goin' at it."[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 Sirico ended up serving 20 months. In an interview in Cigar Aficionado magazine, Sirico said that during his imprisonment, he was visited by an acting troupe composed of ex-cons, 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] Sirico appeared in a 1989 documentary about life, The Big Bang by James Toback, in which he discussed his earlier life.

Sirico currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, who lived with Sirico, died in 2003. His brother, Robert Sirico, is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.[6]

Politics

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

Sirico has stated that politically he is a "far-to-the-right Republican".[7] He donated $1,200 to Rudolph Giuliani's presidential campaign.[8]

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Other acting work by Sirico

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Parodies

In American Desperado

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