Tony Sirico

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Tony Sirico
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Sirico in 2010
Born Genaro Anthony Sirico, Jr.
(1942-07-29) July 29, 1942 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Italian American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present

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

Early life[edit]

Sirico was born Genaro Anthony Sirico, Jr. in New York City, New York on July 29, 1942.[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 pleaded 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. He has 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, 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. 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 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). [6] Sirico also made a cameo in the episode "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure, where he threatens Stewie, who had insulted Italians, calling them "ridiculous people".

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 Rev. Robert Sirico is a Catholic priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute.[7]

Sirico has stated that he is a Republican.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Godfather Part II Extra Unconfirmed; uncredited
1978 Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell Frankie Rio
Fingers Riccamonza
The One Man Jury Charlie Nuts
1980 Defiance Davey
1981 So Fine Associate
1982 Love & Money Raoul
1983 Exposed Thief
The Last Fight Frankie
1987 The Galucci Brothers Galucci Brother
The Pick-up Artist Patsy Cabaluso
Hello Again Tough Guy
1989 White Hot Luke
Cookie Carmine's Wiseguy
The Big Bang Himself Documentary
1990 Catchfire Greek Guy
Goodfellas Tony Stacks
1991 29th Street Fortunado
1992 Innocent Blood Jacko
1993 New York Cop Mr. C
Romeo Is Bleeding Malacci
1994 Men Lie Porno Witness
Bullets over Broadway Rocco
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Snake
1995 Dead Presidents Officer Spinelli
Mighty Aphrodite Boxing Trainer
Melissa Jack
Dearly Beloved Mr. Bedutz Short film
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Escaped Convict
1997 Hoodlum Driver
Deconstructing Harry Police Officer
Cop Land Toy Torillo
The Deli Tony
1998 Mob Queen Joey "The Heart" Aorta
Celebrity Lou DeMarco
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 Super Athlete Coach Lou
Zarra's Law Tony Zarra
Family on Board Rocco Short film
2014 Friends and Romans Bobby Musso
2016 Café Society Vito
2017 Untitled Woody Allen project Filming

Television[edit]

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
Family Guy Vinny Griffin, Voice
Episodes: "Life of Brian", "Into Harmony's Way", and "Christmas Guy"
2015 Family Guy Himself Voice
Episode: "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure"

Video games[edit]

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

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 Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series 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 February 24, 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. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ From Sing Sing to Bada Bing, thesmokinggun.com, accessed July 17, 2007.
  6. ^ Family Guy's Shocking Death: Boss Reveals Why They Decided to Kill Off (Spoiler)!
  7. ^ "Acton Institute Press Releases". Acton.org. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  8. ^ Olsham, Jeremy (July 16, 2004). "'Soprano' Makes a Killing For Bush". 

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