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Actor Tony Sirico, known for Playing Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” on “The Sopranos,” died Friday at 79

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Ridgewood NJ, Actor Tony Sirico, known for playing Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on the Emmy-winning HBO series “The Sopranos,” died Friday at 79.

The news was shared by his brother, Fr. Robert Sirico, on Facebook.

“It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family of Gennaro Anthony ‘Tony’ Sirico wishes to inform you of his death on the morning of July 8, 2022,” he wrote. “The family is deeply grateful for the many expressions of love, prayer and condolences and requests that the public respect its privacy in this time of bereavement. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to Wounded Warriors, St. Jude’s Hospital and the Acton Institute.”


Sirico and Walnuts’ lives had many parallels. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 29, 1942, the late actor was just 7 years old the first time he got arrested for stealing nickels from a newspaper stand. He would be arrested 28 more times and would spend two trips to the slammer. Including in 1971, he even spent 20 months at the notorious Sing Sing prison for felony weapons possession.

Co-star Michael Imperioli said in an Instagram post ;” It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great TONY SIRICO has passed away today. Tony was like no one else: he was as tough, as loyal and as big hearted as anyone i’ve ever known. I was at his side through so much: through good times and bad. But mostly good. And we had a lot of laughs. We found a groove as Christopher and Paulie and I am proud to say I did a lot of my best and most fun work with my dear pal Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable. I send love to his family, friends and his many many fans. He was beloved and will never be forgotten. Heartbroken today.”

On Twitter Co-star Stevie Van Zandt,” RIP Tony Sirico. Legendary. Silvio’s best buddy “Paulie Walnuts” in The Sopranos, Frankie “The Fixer’s” older brother Antonino “Father Tony” Tagliano in Lilyhammer. A larger than life character on and off screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend. Deepest condolences to the family.”

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2 thoughts on “Actor Tony Sirico, known for Playing Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” on “The Sopranos,” died Friday at 79

  1. Ray Liotta, Paulie Walnuts, James Caan… you see any connection…?

  2. No , What are you getting at

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