Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. (//; born July 29, 1942) is an American actor best known for his role as Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri in The Sopranos. He has also made numerous appearances in the films of Woody Allen.
Sirico in 2010
Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr.
July 29, 1942
New York City, U.S.
|Family||Robert Sirico (brother)|
Sirico was born in New York City on July 29, 1942. He grew up in Brooklyn, in the East Flatbush and Bensonhurst neighborhoods. Sirico's brother, Robert Sirico, is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.
Sirico was convicted of several crimes and had been arrested 28 times, including for disorderly conduct, assault, and robbery, before taking up acting. On February 27, 1970, he was arrested at a restaurant, and found with a .32 caliber revolver on his person. In 1971, he was indicted for extortion, coercion and felony weapons possession, convicted, and sentenced to four years in prison, of which he served 20 months at Sing Sing. According to a court transcript at the time of his sentencing, Sirico was the owner of a discotheque in Manhattan, and also had pending charges for criminal possession of a dangerous drug. 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. He appeared in the 1989 documentary The Big Bang by James Toback, in which he discussed his earlier life.
Sirico's first confirmed role in film was as an extra in the 1974 film Crazy Joe, who had secured the role with the help of Richard Castellano. Michael Gazzo was Sirico's first acting coach. 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".
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). 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". Vinny would return in a cameo appearance at the end of the Season 15 premiere, "The Boys in the Band".
In 1999, Sirico and Sopranos co-star Vincent Pastore met with James Clemenza and his brother Jerry, Colombo crime family soldiers, at a Christmas party in Little Italy, Manhattan. Clemenza was under FBI surveillance at the time.
In 2008, Sirico released a cologne called Paolo Per Uomo.
|1978||Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell||Frankie Rio||N/A|
|The One Man Jury||Charlie Nuts||N/A|
|1982||Love & Money||Raoul||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|
|The Big Bang||Himself||Documentary|||
|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|||
|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||Deconstructing Harry||Police Officer||N/A|||
|Cop Land||Toy Torillo||N/A|||
|The Good Life||Junior||Never released|
|1998||Mob Queen||Joey (The Heart) Aorta||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|
|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|
|2018||Sarah Q||Mr Danny||(post-production)|
|TBA||Respect the Jux||Bobby||(post-production)|
|Made in Chinatown||Al Capella||(pre-production)|
|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|
|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"|
|2012||Jersey Shore Shark Attack||Captain Salie||Television film|||
|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"|
|2006||The Sopranos: Road to Respect||Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri||Voice|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Tony Sirico Biography". The Biography Channel/A+E Networks. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- Goldstein, Patrick (July 15, 1990). "A Real Tough Guy: Tony Sirico's rap sheet: 28 arrests and 27 acting jobs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- "'Our Lady of Fatima' Celebrating a century of her message", Holy Family Radio. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
- "Artie's Goose Is Coked", New York Post, May 2, 2006
- "From Sing Sing To Bada Bing!". thesmokinggun.com. February 25, 2001.
- "'Sopranos' actor has real life mob history", UPI, March 20, 2006.
- "How Tony Sirico's Criminal Past Prepared Him To Play Paulie Walnuts On 'The Sopranos'". Uproxx. Christian Long. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
- 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.
- James, Caryn. "Reviews/Film; Life, Sex, Death and Chaos", The New York Times. May 11, 1990. Section C, p. 10. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Hamill, Denis. "From Hoodfella to Couldfella in Sopranos, Tony Sirico Hits the High Note of His Checkered Career", New York Daily News. February 7, 1999. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Family Guy's Shocking Death: Boss Reveals Why They Decided to Kill Off (Spoiler)!
- "Five 'Sopranos' stars are reuniting for this brand new movie". Shortlist. Alex Finnis. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- "Sopranos made mob scene FBI spotted actors at '99 Colombo fete". The Daily News. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
- "Get a whiff of new cologne, Paolo, by 'Sopranos' star Tony Sirico". nydailynews.com. November 12, 2008.
- Hamill, Denis. "The Man Inside Paulie Walnuts: After life as a young hood, 'Sopranos' star enjoys his role as a make-believe gangster", New York Daily News. January 16, 2000. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Garbicz, Adam (2013). Kino wehikuł magiczny - Podróż piąta: Przewodnik osiągnięć filmu fabularnego. Podróż piąta: 1974–1981 Wersja uzupełniona i skorygowana. Planet RGB Limited. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Canby, Vincent. "Unpredictable 'Love and Money'", The New York Times. February 12, 1982. Section C, Page 8. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Gallagher, John A. (1989). Film Directors on Directing. ABC-CLIO. p. 255. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Maltin, Leonard (2012). Leonard Maltin's 2013 Movie Guide: The Modern Era. Penguin Books. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Muir, John Kenneth (2011). Horror Films of the 1990s. McFarland & Company. p. 238. Retrieved July 5, 2020.
- Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2000). Comprehensive Pictorial and Statistical Record of the 1994 Movie Season. Hal Leonard Corporation. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Leydon, Joe. "Men Lie", Variety. May 3, 1994. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Wilmington, Michael. "Premise gouges humor from promising 'One-Eye Jimmy'", Chicago Tribune. July 12, 1996. Section 7, p. N.
- Hamill, Denis. "No more mob for Tony Sirico; he plays cop in new flick", New York Daily News. June 12, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- Reid, Beverly M. "'Sopranos' cast flourishes with late blooming actors", NJ.com. September 5, 2002. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
- "The wild, untold story of The Good Life". Little White Lies. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Booker, M. Keith; Daraiseh, Isra (2017). Tony Soprano's America: Gangsters, Guns, and Money. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 85. Retrieved July 7, 2020.