Tony Sirico

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Tony Sirico
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Born Genaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 71)
New York City, New York, US
Occupation Actor, Voice Actor
Years active 1974–present

Genaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico, Jr. (born July 29, 1942)[1] is an American actor and voice actor who is most noted for his role as the mobster Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri in the television series The Sopranos.

Personal life[edit]

Sirico was born in New York City, New York.[1] Before turning to acting, Sirico was convicted of several crimes, and had been arrested 28 times.[2] 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. 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.

His brother, Robert Sirico, is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.[6]

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, and Mickey Blue Eyes.

Sirico's most well 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.[7] 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. In late 2013, he voiced the character of Vinny Griffin, who was the family pet in Family Guy.[8]

Politics[edit]

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".[9] He donated $1,200 to Rudolph Giuliani's presidential campaign.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Godfather: Part II Extra Unconfirmed, Uncredited
1978 Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell Frankie Rio
1978 Fingers Riccamonza
1978 The One Man Jury Charlie Nuts
1979 Hoodlum Driver
1980 Defiance Davey
1981 So Fine Associate
1982 Love & Money Raoul
1983 Exposed Thief
1983 The Last Fight Frankie
1987 The Galucci Brothers Galucci Brother
1987 The Pick-up Artist Patsy Cabaluso
1987 Hello Again Tough Guy
1989 White Hot Luke
1989 Cookie Carmine's Wiseguy
1989 Perfect Witness Marco TV movie
1990 Catchfire Greek Guy
1990 Goodfellas Tony Stacks
1991 29th Street Fortunado
1992 Innocent Blood Jacko
1992 In the Shadow of a Killer Tony Andretti TV movie
1993 New York Cop Mr C
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding Malacci
1994 Men Lie Porno Witness
1994 Bullets Over Broadway Rocco
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy Snake
1995 Dead Presidents Officer Spinelli
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Boxing Trainer
1995 Melissa Jack
1995 Dearly Beloved Mr. Bedutz Short film
1996 Gotti Joe Dimiglia TV movie
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Escaped Convict
1997 Deconstructing Harry Police Officer
1997 Cop Land Toy Torillo
1997 The Deli Tony
1998 Mob Queen Joey (The Heart) Aorta
1998 Witness to the Mob Tommy Gambino TV movie
1998 Celebrity Lou DeMarco
1998 Vig Locasso TV movie
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Risolli Guard
2000 It Had to Be You Ricky Valentino
2001 Smokin' Stogies Tony Batts
2002 Turn of Faith Jimmy
2008 The Sno Cone Stand Inc Bob Beasley
2009 Karma Calling G
2010 Skate Skate Short film
2012 Jersey Shore Shark Attack Captain Salie
2013 Nicky Deuce Charlie Cement TV movie
2013 Super Athlete Coach Lou
2013 Zarra's Law Tony Zarra
2013 Family on Board Rocco Short film

Television[edit]

Television
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"
1996 Cosby Teddy Episode: "Happily Ever Hilton"
1999–2007 The Sopranos Paulie 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"
2010 Medium Big Daddy Episode: "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day"
2013 Lilyhammer Tony Episode: "2.8"
2013 Family Guy Vinny Griffin (voice) 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Video games
Year Title Role
2006 The Sopranos: Road to Respect Paulie Gualtieri

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Won
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos Won

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. ^ "Acton Institute Press Releases | Acton Institute". Acton.org. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  7. ^ Sirico's most acclaimed acting job was that of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase's Emmy award winning drama, The Sopranos.
  8. ^ Family Guy's Shocking Death: Boss Reveals Why They Decided to Kill Off (Spoiler)!
  9. ^ 'Soprano' Makes a Killing for Bush[dead link]
  10. ^ [1][dead link]

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