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Soprano’s Actor Tony Sirico, “Paulie Walnuts” Dies at Age 79

Soprano’s actor Tony Sirico has passed away at the age of 79.

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Tony Sirico, the actor best known for playing mobster Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri on “The Sopranos,” passed away Friday at the age of 79.

Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Sirico appeared in “Goodfellas” (1990), “A Bronx Tale” (1993), “Mighty Aphrodite” (1995) and “Mickey Blue Eyes” (1999) among other credits before becoming a fan favorite on “The Sopranos.”

After “The Sopranos,” Sirico branched out and made television appearances on “Lilyhammer,” and the animated series’ “Fairly Odd Parents” and “Family Guy.”

Soprano’s co-star, Michael Imperioli, shared some words about Sirico on his Instagram page Friday.

“Tony was like no one else,” said Imperioli. “He was 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.”

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