He added, "Tony was unlike anyone I've ever known: he was as tough, as devoted, and as large hearted." "I supported him through so much, both good and terrible times.

In the late '80s and '90s, Sirico, a native of Brooklyn, racked up a number of acting credentials by playing roles in movies including 'Goodfellas,' 'Mighty Aphrodite,' and 'Mickey Blue Eyes.

In his early years, Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr., who was born on July 24, 1942, to an Italian family in New York City, spent a lot of time in legal problems.

vthe philosopher was thereafter referred to as the "Chinese Prince Matchabelli." All six seasons of "The Sopranos" featured Sirico.

He received seven nominations overall and two SAG Awards for Drama Ensemble for his portrayal as Paulie Walnuts, a capo who is brutal, dedicated, scary, and quite straightforward.

"You want the good news or the bad news?" he said. In an interview in 2021, Sirico recounted. Give me the awful news, I commanded. You didn't get Uncle Junior, he said.

Paulie Walnuts, played by Virico, is James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano's bombastic and hysterically humorous foot soldier.

The actor James Gandolfini, who passed away in 2013, played the role, and he was well-known for his strong allegiance to his employer Tony Soprano and readiness to perform any and all dirty labour.

He recounted in one interview that he was 55 at the time of his audition and had been sleeping on his mother's couch. He had a separate character's audition.