Tony Sirico, one of the main stars of “The Sopranos,” is dead … TMZ has learned.
Tony played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, one of Tony Soprano’s main guys for every season of the HBO hit show. His brother Robert announced his passing on Facebook saying “It is with great sadness, but with incredible pride, love and a whole lot of fond memories, that the family Gennaro Anthony “Tony” Sirico wishes to inform you of his death.”
Robert says Tony passed Friday morning. Sources connected to the family tell us Tony had been living in assisted living home in Fort Lauderdale, FL for a couple years, and had been in failing health.
Of course, Tony will be most remembered for his ‘Sopranos’ role — he won 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast.
He also got a lot of voice acting roles on animated hits like “Family Guy” and “American Dad.”