Tony Sirico, who played Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri in The Sopranos, died today according to his family. The actor would’ve reached the age of 80 in March.
“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,” the family stated in an announcement.
The cause of death has not been identified, however Sirico has been suffering from declining health for several years. He passed away at the assisted living center located in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The Sopranos Season 1 actors from left: Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, James Gandolfini Michael Imperioli, Vincent Pastor3.
Sirico played the role of fan-favorite henchman Paulie Walnuts in The Sopranos for the series for the entire run of six seasons on HBO. The actor was originally scheduled to appear part of David Chase’s prequel film 2021’s The Many Saints of Newark However, his health kept him from playing the role again.
He was awarded with us two SAG Awards for Drama Ensemble and seven nominations overall for his character of the ferocious, passionate menacing, shrewd and quite simple Paulie Walnuts the capo with a steely shine and fast temper made him a formidable person to be afraid of, and also to be a fan of. Famous for his signature slicked-back hair and two-tone wings the character was renowned for his unwavering loyalty to his boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini, who passed away at the age of 63 in 2013.) and his determination to tackle every dirty job. While displaying his hard external appearance Paulie could also be described as something like a mother’s son.