What is the net worth and salary of Tony Sirico?
Tony Sirico is an actor who is best known for his role as Peter Paul Gualtieri, or “Paulie Walnuts,” on the HBO television series “The Sopranos.” Tony Sirico has a net worth of $10 million. Tony appeared in 86 episodes of The Sopranos. He also appeared in a number of films directed by Woody Allen, including ‘Bullets Over Broadway’, ‘Mighty Aphrodite’, ‘Deconstructing Harry’ and ‘Cafe Society’. Sirico’s other film credits include “The Pick-up Artist,” “Goodfellas” and “Innocent Blood.”
Early life of crime
Tony Sirico was born Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. on July 29, 1942 in New York City. He has a brother named Robert, who is a Catholic priest. Sirico grew up in the East Flatbush and Bensonhurst neighborhoods of Brooklyn. He was involved in numerous crimes throughout his life, resulting in 28 arrests for robbery, assault and disorderly conduct, among other crimes. Sirico had a particularly severe run-in with the law in 1971, when he was indicted for coercion, extortion and gun possession and was sentenced to four years in prison. He eventually served 20 months of his sentence at Sing Sing. During his incarceration, Sirico was inspired to pursue acting after being visited by an ex-convict acting troupe.
Sirico first appeared on television in a 1977 episode of the crime series “Kojak.” He did not return to the small screen until 1982, when he appeared in an episode of “Police Squad!” After another long hiatus, Sirico was in the television films Perfect Witness and In the Shadow of a Killer. He continued to act in television movies, appearing in “Gotti,” “Witness to the Mob” and “Vig” in the late 90s.
Sirico’s biggest and most popular role came in 1999 on the HBO crime series “The Sopranos.” He played Paul Gualtieri, otherwise known as “Paulie Walnuts”, one of the main henchmen of the protagonist Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini.
Sirico originally auditioned for the role of Uncle Junior, but was cast as Gualtieri when Dominic Chianese was cast in the first installment. He remained with the show until its conclusion in 2007, winning two SAG Awards alongside his cast mates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
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After The Sopranos
After the end of “The Sopranos”, Sirico played a mobster in the television special “A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa”. He then appeared in the episode “Chuck” and “Medium”. In 2012, Sirico played Captain Salie in the television movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack. He later played Tony Tagliano in two episodes of the cop series “Lilyhammer” and reunited with his “Sopranos” co-stars James Gandolfini and Michael Imperioli for the Nickelodeon television movie “Nicky Deuce.” Among his other notable roles, Sirico voiced Vinny, Brian’s stand-in dog, on the animated series “Family Guy.” He also voiced a mobster in the animated series “American Dad!”
In 1974, Sirico made his film debut as an extra in the crime film Crazy Joe. He continued to establish himself as a go-to actor for gangster roles. Over the years, Sirico has played gangsters in movies like “Fingers”; “One Man Jury”; “Defiance”; “Love and Money”; “The Pick-up Artist”; “Hello again”; “Goodwill”; “Innocent Blood”; “The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy”; “Policy Area”; “Queen of the Mafia”; “Mickey Blue Eyes”; and “Turn of Faith.” Notably, Sirico has also appeared in several films directed by Woody Allen, including “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Deconstructing Harry,” “Celebrity,” “Cafe Society” and “
Among his other big screen credits, Sirico appeared in the sex comedy “So Fine”; the drama “Exposed”; the romantic action thriller “Catchfire”; the drama “Strada 29”; and the crime thriller Romeo is Bleeding. He also had a memorable role as a police officer in 1995’s Dead Presidents. Later in 2014, Sirico appeared in the police procedural Zarra’s Law and the comedy Friends and Family. Subsequent credits included “Sarah Q,” starring alongside her “Sopranos” castmates Vincent Pastore and Federico Castelluccio,” and “Respect the Jux” and “Super Athlete.”