Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$16 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 29, 1942
FactFrequently cast as a bit player in Woody Allen movies.

Tony Sirico is an American actor best known for his role as Paulie Gualtieri on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Sirico was born in New York City on July 29, 1942, to an Italian-American family. His father was a police officer and his mother was a homemaker. He has two brothers and two sisters.

Sirico was educated at the High School of Performing Arts and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. He began his career as a stage actor in the 1960s, appearing in productions of Hair and A View from the Bridge.

In the 1970s, Sirico began appearing in films, including The Godfather (1972), Serpico (1973), and Dog Day Afternoon (1975). He also had roles on the television shows Kojak and Starsky & Hutch.

In the 1980s, Sirico had a recurring role on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope. He also appeared in the films Scarface (1983) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

In the 1990s, Sirico’s career took off when he was cast as Paulie Gualtieri on The Sopranos. He appeared in all 86 episodes of the show’s six-season run. For his work on The Sopranos, Sirico won a Screen Actors Guild Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.

Since The Sopranos ended, Sirico has had roles in the films The Wrestler (2008) and Righteous Kill (2008). He has also guest-starred on the television shows Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 30 Rock.

Sirico has been married twice. His first marriage, to Barbara Sirico, ended in divorce. His second marriage, to Diane Montagna, has lasted over 30 years. He has three children from his first marriage and one from his second.

Sirico has a net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameTony Sirico
Net Worth$16 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 29, 1942
Height1.8 m
ProfessionVoice Actor


SiblingsRobert Sirico, Carmine Sirico


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MoviesGoodfellas, Café Society, Bullets over Broadway, Innocent Blood, Mickey Blue Eyes, Cop Land, Dead Presidents, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Romeo is Bleeding, Nicky Deuce, Mob Queen, Smokin' Stogies, Turn of Faith, It Had to Be You, Friends and Romans, Hello Again, The Deli, Karma Calling, New York Co...
TV ShowsThe Sopranos

Social profile links


1Killing Big Pussy - I'll be honest with you. that bothered us. Actors don't work every week, and all of a sudden Vinny [Pastore] had a movie. He said he needed the space to do this movie. This is the first year. They let him go. The second year, Vinny did the same thing, early on. He wouldn't take no for an answer, and they let him do the movie. But, hey, he only did two years on the show, and let me tell you, he's still Big Pussy wherever he goes.
2I got the script that I had to kill a woman, and I ran to David. I said, 'David, don't make me kill a woman', He said, 'No, you've got to kill her'. I said, 'Then let me shoot her'. He said, 'No, it's got to be personal'. I said, 'David, I come from a tough neighborhood. If I go home and they see I killed a woman, it's going to make me look bad'. He smiled, and said, 'No, you've got to do it'. Here's the thing. We did the scene. I had to smother her. First he wanted me to strangle her. 'I said, 'No, I'm not putting my hands on her'. He said, 'Use the pillow'. After it was all said and done, I went back to the neighborhood, and nobody said a word. They loved the show. They didn't care what we did.
3I lived with Ma for sixteen years before she passed. David [Chase] knew that going in. This became one of my story lines. Sticking to the script - that was Rule No, 1. They got the words from us anyway, We'd have the writers sit and talk with us. They heard the cadence of my voice and what I said, and how I expressed myself - you know what I mean? So I had guys write down my own words and shove them right back into my throat.
4[on being cast in The Sopranos (1999)] I read for Uncle Junior. It was me, Dominic Chianese and Frank Vincent who went up for the role that day. About an hour after I got home, I got a call from David Chase. He said, 'You want the good news or the bad news?' I said, 'Give me the bad news'. He said, 'You didn't get Uncle Junior. But I have something in mind. Would you be willing to do a recurring role on the show? I have a character called Paulie Walnuts.
5It makes some great movies. I mean, some of my favorite films growing up, have been, forgive me, gangster films. I learned how to walk and talk watching [James Cagney]. It's that, it's the power, it's the glamour. The mob just has all that mysticism around it that's magical.
6I've done like 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops.
7When I first read David Chase's script [for The Sopranos (1999)], I knew this was special. This is what I'd been looking for all my life . . . When I heard James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli and Nancy Marchand were in it, I knew it was going to be a total class act. I knew right away this was a role to kill for.


1He has appeared in six films directed by Woody Allen: Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Deconstructing Harry (1997), Celebrity (1998) and Café Society (2016).
2Doing Denny's commercials [2008]
3He spent a few years in the US Army.
4In Goodfellas (1990), he played a mobster named Tony who reports to a boss named Paulie. In The Sopranos (1999), he plays a mobster named Paulie who reports to a boss named Tony.
5An Italian-American, of Sicilian descent.
6A member of the USO.
7Frequently cast as a bit player in Woody Allen movies.
8Practices karate and kung fu.
9Has a son and a daughter, both in their 30s.
10Lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
11Has done Stacker 2 commercials with WWE wrestlers Tazz, Trish Stratus and Bubba Ray Dudley.
12One brother, Robert Sirico, is a Catholic priest in the diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Another older brother, Carmine Sirico', appeared very briefly as "Dealer" in The Sopranos (1999) "The Happy Wanderer" episode in Season Two.
13Sirico was investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney's office for alleged extortionate activity against the owners of several nightclubs. On February 27, 1970, he was arrested and subsequently indicted for extortion and menacing but plea-bargained to a charge of felony gun possession. Early in 1971, he was sentenced to a maximum of four years, of which he served 20 months. Since then, Sirico has had no further trouble with the law. He got a part in the film Crazy Joe (1974) which led to him obtaining a Screen Actors Guild card.




Sarah Q2017pre-productionMr. Danny
Untitled Woody Allen Project2017post-production
Respect the Juxpost-productionBobby
Family Guy2013-2016TV SeriesVinny
Café Society2016Vito
The Grinder2016TV SeriesSebastian
Lilyhammer2013-2014TV SeriesAntonino 'Father Tony' Tagliano / Tony Tagliano
Friends and Romans2014Bobby Musso
Zarra's Law2014Tony Zarra
Taxi Brooklyn2014TV SeriesTony
Family on Board2014ShortRocco
Super Athlete2013Coach Lou
Nicky Deuce2013TV MovieCharlie Cement
Jersey Shore Shark Attack2012TV MovieCaptain Salie
Medium2010TV SeriesTony
Chuck2010TV SeriesMatty
Karma Calling2009G. (voice)
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa2008TV MovieMobster
The Sno Cone Stand Inc2008Bob Beasley
The Sopranos1999-2007TV SeriesPaulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
The Sopranos: Road to Respect2006Video GamePaulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (voice)
The Fairly OddParents2005TV SeriesBig Daddy
Turn of Faith2002Jimmy
Smokin' Stogies2001Tony Batts
It Had to Be You2000Ricky Valentino
Mickey Blue Eyes1999First Risolli Man
Vig1998TV MovieLocasso
Celebrity1998Lou DeMarco
Witness to the Mob1998TV MovieTommy Gambino (uncredited)
Mob Queen1998Joey (The Heart) Aorta
The Deli1997Tony
Deconstructing Harry1997Policeman at Jail
Cop Land1997Toy Torillo
Cosby1996TV SeriesTeddy
Everyone Says I Love You1996Escaped Convict
Gotti1996TV MovieJoe Dimiglia
Dearly Beloved1995ShortMr. Bedutz
Dead Presidents1995Officer Spinelli
Mighty Aphrodite1995Boxing Trainer
The Search for One-eye Jimmy1994Snake
Bullets Over Broadway1994Rocco
Men Lie1994Porno Witness
Romeo Is Bleeding1993Malacci
New York Cop1993Mr. C
Innocent Blood1992Jacko
In the Shadow of a Killer1992TV MovieTony Andretti
29th Street1991Chink Fortunado
Goodfellas1990Tony Stacks
Catchfire1990Greek (as G. Anthony Sirico)
Perfect Witness1989TV MovieMarco
Cookie1989Carmine's Wiseguy
Miami Vice1989TV SeriesFrank Romano
White Hot1989Luke
The Galucci Brothers1987Galucci Brother
Hello Again1987Tough Guy
The Pick-up Artist1987Patsy Cabaluso
The Last Fight1983Frankie (as Anthony Sirico)
Exposed1983Record Store Thief (as Tony Sirico jr.)
Police Squad!1982TV SeriesPoker Player
Love & Money1982Raoul (as Anthony Sirico)
So Fine1981Associate of Mr. Eddie (as Anthony Sirico Jr.)
Hoodlums1980Gus' Driver (as Tony Sirico Jr.)
Defiance1980Davey (as G. Anthony Sirico)
The One Man Jury1978Charlie Nuts (as Anthony Sirico)
Fingers1978Riccamonza (as Anthony Sirico)
The Plant Family1978TV MovieEddie (as Anthony Sirico)
Kojak1977TV SeriesGreek God
The Godfather: A Novel for Television1977TV Mini-SeriesExtra (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell1977Frankie Rio (as Anthony Sirico)
The Godfather: Part II1974Extra (unconfirmed, uncredited)


Family Guy2015TV SeriesHimself
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
On Set: Jersey Shore Shark Attack2012ShortHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2012TV SeriesHimself
Mayne Street2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Elmo's Christmas Countdown2007TV MovieHimself (voice)
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentaryHimself
HBO: The Making of 'The Sopranos: Road to Respect'2006TV MovieHimself / Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtier
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education2006TV SpecialHimself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Squares2000-2001TV SeriesHimself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The Big Bang1989DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryPaulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
48 Hours2008TV Series documentary
El último golpe de Tony Soprano2008TV Movie documentaryPaulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (uncredited)
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The Best of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog2004VideoHimself (uncredited)
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-19801992VideoExtra (uncredited)


Won Awards

2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)

Nominated Awards

2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Write A Comment

Pin It