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Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. (Italian: [ˈsiːriko];[citation needed] born July 29, 1942)[1] is an American actor, best known for his role as Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri in The Sopranos and various roles in the films of Woody Allen.

Tony Sirico
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Sirico in 2019
Born
Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr.

(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 77)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
FamilyRobert Sirico (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Sirico was born in New York City on July 29, 1942.[1] He grew up in Brooklyn, in the East Flatbush and Bensonhurst neighborhoods.[2]

Before turning to acting, he was convicted of several crimes and had been arrested 28 times.[2][3] Early in his life he also served in the military.

In 1999, he and Sopranos co-star Vincent Pastore were seen meeting James Clemenza and his brother Jerry, Colombo crime family soldiers, at a Christmas party in Little Italy. Clemenza was under FBI surveillance at the time.[4]

Sirico has stated that he was visited by an acting troupe composed of ex-convicts during his imprisonment, which inspired him to give acting a try.[5] According to a court transcript, at the time of his sentencing, he also had pending charges for drug possession.[6] He appeared in a 1989 documentary about life and existence, The Big Bang, by James Toback, in which he discussed his earlier life.

CareerEdit

His first confirmed role in film was in Crazy Joe in 1974, with the help of Richard Castellano. Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Mob Queen, 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.

He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry. Sirico's most acclaimed acting job was that of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase's Emmy award winning drama, The Sopranos. He originally auditioned for the role of Uncle Junior with Frank Vincent, but Dominic Chianese landed the role. David Chase instead offered him the role of playing Paulie Gualtieri, Sirico agreed under the condition that his character would not "become a rat".[7]

In late 2013, he voiced the character of Vinny Griffin, who was the family's pet dog in Family Guy (replacing Brian Griffin after his death; Brian would later be saved via time travel two episodes after Vinny's debut).[8] Sirico also made a live-action cameo in the episode "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure", where he threatens Stewie, who had insulted Italians, calling them "ridiculous people".

In 2018, he reunited with former Sopranos actors, Federico Castelluccio and Vincent Pastore, in Sarah Q.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

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

Sirico's brother, Robert Sirico, is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.[10]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1974 Crazy Joe N/A N/A
1978 Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell Frankie Rio N/A
Fingers Riccamonza N/A
The One Man Jury Charlie Nuts N/A
1980 Defiance Davey N/A
1981 So Fine Associate N/A
1982 Love & Money Raoul N/A
1983 Exposed Thief N/A
The Last Fight Frankie N/A
1987 The Galucci Brothers Galucci Brother N/A
The Pick-up Artist Patsy Cabaluso N/A
Hello Again Tough Guy N/A
1989 White Hot Luke N/A
Cookie Carmine's Wiseguy N/A
The Big Bang Himself Documentary
1990 Catchfire Greek Guy N/A
Goodfellas Tony Stacks N/A
1991 29th Street Fortunado N/A
1992 Innocent Blood Jacko N/A
1993 New York Cop Mr. C N/A
Romeo Is Bleeding Malacci N/A
1994 Men Lie Porno Witness N/A
Bullets over Broadway Rocco N/A
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Snake N/A
1995 Dead Presidents Officer Spinelli N/A
Mighty Aphrodite Boxing Trainer N/A
Melissa Jack N/A
Casino Extra (Mickey's crew: signal happy gambler) N/A
Dearly Beloved Mr. Bedutz Short film
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Escaped Convict N/A
1997 Hoodlum Driver N/A
Deconstructing Harry Police Officer N/A
Cop Land Toy Torillo N/A
The Deli Tony N/A
The Good Life Junior Never released[11]
1998 Mob Queen Joey (The Heart) Aorta N/A
Celebrity Lou DeMarco N/A
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Risolli Guard N/A
2000 It Had to Be You Ricky Valentino N/A
2001 Smokin' Stogies Tony Batts N/A
2002 Turn of Faith Jimmy N/A
2008 The Sno Cone Stand Inc Bob Beasley N/A
2009 Karma Calling G N/A
2010 Skate Skate Short film
2012 Jersey Shore Shark Attack Captain Salie N/A
2013 Super Athlete Coach Lou N/A
Zarra's Law Tony Zarra N/A
Family on Board Rocco Short film
2014 Friends and Romans Bobby Musso N/A
2015 Touched Anthony N/A
2016 Café Society Vito N/A
2017 Wonder Wheel Angelo N/A
2018 Sarah Q Mr Danny (post-production)
TBA Respect the Jux Bobby (post-production)
2019 Street Justice Johnny (pre-production)
Made in Chinatown Al Capella (pre-production)

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Kojak Greek God Episode: "Case Without a File"
1982 Police Squad! Poker Player Episode: "Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)"
1989 Miami Vice Frank Romano Episode: "Fruit of the Poison Tree"
Perfect Witness Marco Television film
1992 In the Shadow of a Killer Tony Andretti Television film
1996 Cosby Teddy Episode: "Happily Ever Hilton"
Gotti Joe Dimiglia Television film
1998 Witness to the Mob Thomas Gambino Television film
Vig Locasso Television film
1999–2007 The Sopranos Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri 86 episodes
2005 The Fairly OddParents Big Daddy 2 episodes
2008 A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa Mobster TV special
2010 Chuck Matty Episode: "Chuck Versus the Fake Name"
Medium Big Daddy Episode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2013–2014 Lilyhammer Tony Tagliano Episodes: "2.8: Ghosts" and "3.8: Loose Ends"
2013 Nicky Deuce Charlie Cement Television film
2013–2016 Family Guy Vinny Griffin/Himself Voice
Episodes: "Life of Brian", "Into Harmony's Way", "Christmas Guy",
"The Boys in the Band", and
"Stewie, Chris & Brian's Excellent Adventure" (Live Action)
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Tony Episode: "Revenge"
2016 The Grinder Sebastian Episode: "Grinder v Grinder"
2017 American Dad! Enzo Perotti Episode: "Garbage Stan"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Sopranos: Road to Respect Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tony Sirico Biography". The Biography Channel/A+E Networks. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Goldstein, Patrick (July 15, 1990). "A Real Tough Guy : Tony Sirico's rap sheet: 28 arrests and 27 acting jobs". LA Times. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Artie's Goose Is Coked", New York Post, May 2, 2006
  4. ^ "Sopranos made mob scene FBI spotted actors at '99 Colombo fete". The Daily News. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  5. ^ 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. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  6. ^ From Sing Sing to Bada Bing, thesmokinggun.com, accessed July 17, 2007.
  7. ^ "How Tony Sirico's Criminal Past Prepared Him To Play Paulie Walnuts On 'The Sopranos'". Uproxx. Christian Long. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  8. ^ Family Guy's Shocking Death: Boss Reveals Why They Decided to Kill Off (Spoiler)!
  9. ^ "Five 'Sopranos' stars are reuniting for this brand new movie". Shortlist. Alex Finnis. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Acton Institute Press Releases". Acton.org. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  11. ^ "The wild, untold story of The Good Life". Little White Lies. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.

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