Tony Sirico, Who Played a Gangster on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 79

A familiar face in Woody Allen movies, the actor is best known for his role as Polly Walnuts in the hit HBO series.

Tony Sirico 79, the actor who played the eccentric gangster Paulie Walnuts on “The Sopranos,” died Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla

Tony Sirico death was confirmed by Bob McGowan, his manager. No cause was given.

Mr. Sirico’s face was also familiar, in quick glimpses, to fans of Woody Allen films

He attended Midwood High School, but did not graduate, his brother Robert Sirico said.

He worked in construction for a while but soon yielded to temptation

After the HBO series ended in 2007, he often worked with his “Sopranos” co-stars

He appeared in a crime drama, “Respect the Jux,” this year.

Mr. Sirico married and divorced early. He is survived by two children, a sister, two brothers and several grandchildren

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