‘The Sopranos’ star Tony Sirico – best known for playing Polly Walnuts – has died aged 79, says co-star Michael Imperioli: ‘He was loved and will never be forgotten’

  • His co-star Michael Imperioli broke the sad news on Friday in an Instagram post of the two together
  • The 56-year-old actor, who played Christopher Moltisanti in the cult HBO series, wrote: “It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crime, the great TONY SIRICA, passed away today.”
  • The cause of death of the American actor – born Gennar Anthony Sirico Jr. – has not yet been revealed
  • Imperioli worked closely with Sirico when Christopher was put in charge of Polly’s team when he was promoted to deputy boss in the series
  • The character of Sirico Pauley was one of the main henchmen of the series’ main character Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini
  • Sirico was born in Brooklyn and was part of a real street gang as a teenager. He was once seen hanging out with the family of Colombo Caparegi Jimmy “Green Eyes” Clemenza, as well as fellow Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore
  • He served time in prison for robbery and possession of a weapon before deciding to try his hand at acting after being visited by a group of reformed convicts behind bars
  • Following The Sopranos, he appeared on Medium and Lilyhammer and voiced characters on Family Guy and American Dad!
  • He also reprized his role as the soprano in the prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, which was released last year

Tony Sirico, best known for his role as Peter Paul Gualtieri on The Sopranos, has died aged 79.

His co-star Michael Imperioli revealed the sad news on Friday in an Instagram post of the two together.

The 56-year-old actor who played Christopher Moltisanti in the cult film HBO series – wrote: It pains me to say that my dear friend, colleague and partner in crimethe great TONY SIRICO passed away today.

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‘He was loved and will never be forgotten’: Tony Sirico – best known for playing Peter Paul ‘Pauly Walnuts’ Gualtieri in ‘The Sopranos’ – has died aged 79, according to his co-star Michael Imperioli

Iconic: Steven Van Zandt, James Gandolfini and Tony Sirico seen from left to right in season 7 of the series

Iconic: Steven Van Zandt, James Gandolfini and Tony Sirico are seen from left to right in Season 7 of The Sopranos in 2007.

“Tony was like no other: he was as tough, as loyal and as big-hearted as anyone I’ve ever known. I’ve been there for him through a lot: good times and bad. But mostly good. And we laughed a lot.”

The cause of death of the American actor – born Gennar Anthony Sirico, Jr. – has not yet been revealed.

DailyMail.com has approached Sirico’s representatives for comment.

Legend: The cause of death of the American actor - born Gennar Anthony Sirico Jr. - has not yet been revealed.  Sirico can be seen at SopranosCon in New Jersey in November 2019.

Legend: The cause of death of the American actor – born Gennar Anthony Sirico Jr. – has not yet been revealed. Sirico can be seen at SopranosCon in New Jersey in November 2019.

Gone Too Soon : The character Sirico Pauley was one of the main henchmen of the series' main character Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, they were seen in the series in March 2006.

Gone Too Soon : The character Sirico Pauley was one of the main henchmen of the series’ main character Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, they were seen in the series in March 2006.

Imperioli worked closely with Sirico when Christopher was put in charge of Polly’s team when he was promoted to deputy boss in the series.

Imperioli wrote, “We found our groove as Christopher and Polly, and I’m proud to say that I did a lot of my best and funniest work with my dear friend Tony. I will miss him forever. He is truly irreplaceable.

“I send my love to his family, friends and his many fans. He was loved and will never be forgotten. Today is a broken heart. #thesopranos #hbo #tonysirico #pauliewalnuts’

The character of Syrico Pauly was one of the main henchmen of the series’ main character, Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini.

Legend: Pauly

Legend: Pauly “Walnuts” Gualtieri was as vicious as he was paranoid, often beating up his boss’s enemies and disloyal friends, as seen in an episode that aired in 2005.

Pauly “Walnuts” Gualtieri was as vicious as he was paranoid, frequently striking out at both his boss’s enemies and disloyal friends.

His loyalty to Tony – and his murderous temper – allowed him to climb the career ladder and become a deputy in the DiMeo crime family.

Sirico was born in Brooklyn and was part of a real street gang as a teenager. He was once seen hanging out with the family of Colombo Caparegi Jimmy “Green Eyes” Clemenza, as well as fellow Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore.

Wise Guys: Stephen R. Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, James Gandolfini (1961-2013), Stephen Van Zandt, and Tony Sirico pictured from left to right in Season 7 promo stills

Wise Guys: Stephen R. Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, James Gandolfini (1961-2013), Stephen Van Zandt and Tony Sirico are pictured, left to right, in a 2007 Sopranos Season 7 promo still.

He served time in prison for robbery and gun possession before deciding to try his hand at acting after being visited by a group of reformed convicts behind bars.

He initially tried out for the role of Junior, but was persuaded to take on Polly on the condition that the character never become a snitch.

Following The Sopranos, he appeared on Medium and Lilyhammer and voiced characters on Family Guy and American Dad!

He also reprized his role as the soprano in the prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, which was released last year

Lineup: Pauly

Lineup: Pauly “Walnuts” Gualtieri was as vicious as he was paranoid, frequently striking out at both his boss’ enemies and disloyal friends

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