Tony Sirico died on July 8, 2018. He was 79 years old. His manager, Bob McGowan, broke the news to him and said that Sirico was a good friend and a loyal customer.
Though the cause of death is still unknown, Sirico, who was worth about $8 million, has been suffering from dementia for the past several years. There are still things we don’t know about his funeral.
Tony Sirico Net worth has been investigated
Also known as Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr., he is best known for his role as Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on The Sopranos. He also appeared in some of Woody Allen’s films.
CelebrityNetWorth estimated Sirico’s net worth at around $8 million. We don’t know much about his net worth, but we do know that Sirico has made a lot of money from his work in the entertainment industry.
He started out as an extra in the 1974 film Crazy Zoe, and Michael Gazzo was his first acting teacher. Sirico has played a gangster in several films including Goodfellas, Mob Queen, Mighty Aphrodite, Love and Money, Innocent Blood, Fingers and The Pick-Up Artist. He has also appeared in films such as Hello Again, Wonder Wheel, Bullets over Broadway, The Search for One-Eye Jimmy, The One Man Jury, Defiance and many more.
Sirico played a cop in films like Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry.
Though his role as Paulie Gualtieri on The Sopranos made him famous, it wasn’t the role he tried out. Sirico and Frank Vincent both dabbled in the role of Uncle Junior. But that part went to Dominic Chianese, and David Chase, who was doing the show, offered Sirico the role of Paulie.
In 2013, Tony Sirico also voiced Vinny Griffin in three episodes of Family Guy. In one episode, he showed up in real life and threatened Stewie, who was rude to Italians and called them stupid. Then, at the end of the first episode of season 15, he had a cameo appearance.
Before becoming an actor, Tony Sirico had trouble with the law.
Sirico grew up in Brooklyn, East Flatbush and Bensonhurst. Robert Sirico, his brother, is a Catholic priest.
Tony was arrested about 28 times before becoming an actor and he was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and robbery.
In February 1970, he was taken into custody in a restaurant with a .32 caliber revolver. Sirico was sentenced to four years in prison in 1971 on charges of racketeering, coercion and illegal gun possession.
Tony Sirico owned a nightclub in Manhattan and was also charged with possession of a dangerous drug, according to a court record.
He was asked to try acting by a group of ex-convicts who were in an acting group. He opened up about his past in the 1989 documentary The Big Bang.