Tony Sirico

Actor
Although never "connected", actor Tony Sirico had his share of run-ins with the law before packing the pistol away to play hoodlums in the movies. While doing time in Sing Sing, he saw a traveling thespian troupe of ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

The Fairly OddParents 2000 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Request 2014 (Movie)

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Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmo's Christmas Countdown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sno Cone Stand, Inc. 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Bob Beasley (Actor)

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Turn of Faith 2002 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Family Values: The Mob & the Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Risolli Man No 1 (Actor)

Mob Queen 1999 (Movie)

Joey "The Heart" Aorta (Actor)

Vig 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Lou DeMarco (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Toy Torillo (Actor)

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Policeman at Jail (Actor)

Men Lie 1997 (Movie)

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The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

Escape Convict (Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

The Snake (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Officer Spinelli (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Boxing Trainer (Actor)

New York Cop 1995 (Movie)

Mr C (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Rocco (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Jacko (Actor)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

Chink Fortunado (Actor)

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

Greek (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Tony Stacks (Actor)

The Big Bang 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Carmine's Wiseguy (Actor)

White Hot 1989 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

Record Store Thief (Actor)

Love and Money 1982 (Movie)

Raoul (Actor)

The Last Fight 1982 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

Mr Eddie's Associate (Actor)

Defiance 1980 (Movie)

Davey (Actor)

The Plant Family 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

One Man Jury 1977 (Movie)

Charlie Nuts (Actor)

In the Shadow of a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Jersey Shore Shark Attack (TV Show)

Actor

Lilyhammer (Tv Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Although never "connected", actor Tony Sirico had his share of run-ins with the law before packing the pistol away to play hoodlums in the movies. While doing time in Sing Sing, he saw a traveling thespian troupe of ex-cons called The Theater of the Forgotten and determined that he to would be an actor. Shortly after his release from prison, he earned his Screen Actors Guild card for his work in "Crazy Joey" (1974, about the life of mobster Joey Gallo), but the lean years that followed almost convinced him to strap the iron back on to earn his daily bread. Sirico persevered and began making slow inroads into the business, enjoying an early association with director James Toback. He has also acted in four Woody Allen movies, beginning with "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994). In his own words, he's "done like 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops" (Daily News, February 7, 1999), a resume that eminently qualifies him for the unofficial group of New York actors called GAG--the Gangsters Actors Guild.

Relationships

Marie Sirico

Mother
Born c. 1919 Sirico lived with his mother in a two-bedroom apartment in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Joeanna Sirico

Daughter
Born c. 1962

Richard Sirico

Son
Born c. 1964

Robert Sirico

Brother
Catholic priest in the diocese of Kalamazoo, MI

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied under Michael V Gazzo

Milestones

1999

Portrayed Paulie Walnuts on the HBO drama "The Sopranos"

1999

Interviewed for TNT's "Family Values: The Mob & the Movies"

1998

Played Tommy Gambino in NBC minisries "Witness to the Mob"

1997

Fourth film with Allen, "Deconstructing Harry"

1997

Acted with future "Sopranos" co-stars Michael Imperioli and Vincent Pastore in John Andrew Gallagher's "The Deli"

1996

Portrayed an escaped convict in Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You"

1995

Reteamed with Allen for "Mighty Aphrodite"

1994

Acted in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"

1990

Played Tony Stacks (of Cicero's 1950s crew) in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas"

1989

Appeared as himself in Toback's feature documentary "The Big Bang"

1987

Third film with Toback for "The Pick-Up Artist"; first credit as Tony Sirico

1983

Reteamed with Toback for "Exposed"

1980

Credited as G Anthony Sirico for John Flynn's "Defiance"

1980

Credited as Anthony Sirico Jr in James Toback's "Love & Money"

1974

Earned Screen Actors Guild card for first film, "Crazy Joe"

Grew up in Brooklyn, New York

Jailed twice for robbing some New York nightclubs in the late 1960s and early 1970s; served part of his time in Sing Sing, where a traveling thespian troupe of ex-cons called The Theater of the Forgotten came to entertain the inmates

Bonus Trivia

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About the great advice given him by acting teacher Michael Gazzo: "I was this 30-year-old ex-con villain sitting in a class filled with fresh-faced, serious acting students. Gazzo leaned over to me after I did a scene and whispered, 'Tony, leave the gun home.' After so many years of packing a gun, I didn't even realize I had it with me in acting class. But when he told me to leave the gun home, he meant for me to also leave my former life behind, to be an actor." - Tony Sirico to Denis Hamill in Daily News, Feb. 7, 1999

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Sirico on his success in "The Sopranos" (HBO): "I ran out of my local OTB and a cop was putting a ticket under the wipers of my double-parked car. When he saw me, he tore up the ticket and asked for an autographed picture, which I carry in the trunk. Friends from way back like Tommy Mottola, head of Sony Music, come up to congratulate me. In one year, it's like I got a life transplant. Sometimes I gotta remind myself I'm Tony Sirico, from Bensonhurst.""Hey, I've made a few bucks, I work with a great bunch of people, and I've been blessed with being seen in the best show on TV. It doesn't get any better than this. But I'm realistic. This is a gangster show. Anything can happen anytime. I'm just happy I'm working this year, because, man, what a year the last one's been." - Sirico to Dennis Hamill in Daily News, Jan. 16, 2000

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