RIP ‘Paulie Walnuts’

Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr. (July 29, 1942 – July 8, 2022) was an American actor best known for his role as Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri in ‘The Sopranos’. He also made numerous appearances in the films of Woody Allen.

Paulie was one of my favourite characters in my favourite TV crime drama ever. Despite numerous appearances in films and other television productions, Tony Sirico will always be ‘Paulie’ for me. He has sadly died at the age of 79.

25 thoughts on “RIP ‘Paulie Walnuts’

  1. I saw a few episodes of the Sopranos when I was in high school. I remember a scene where the police arrested the father of the bride during the wedding ceremony. The scene was intense.

    Your tribute to Paulie is beautiful. It makes me want to look for it and watch all the episodes.

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  2. And James Caan died on July 6.
    Wikipedia: “He came to prominence playing Sonny Corleone in Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) – a performance which earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor. This would prove to be his signature role, and one which he reprised in The Godfather Part II (1974), with a cameo appearance at the end.”

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    1. I was aware of James Caan dying, David. There were so many good tributes around the blogs, I left them to it. Unlike most (all other?) people, I thought he was miscast in The Godfather, and did not enjoy him in the role. I didn’t beleive him as part of an Italian Mafia family, and thought he looked ‘awkward’ around many far superior actors. (I liked him a lot in Rollerball and Misery)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Terrific homage Pete…he was indeed a terrific Actor who created a character for the ages…and my wife and I are about to dive back into the entire series, so it will be our way to pay tribute to his compelling performance in one of the greatest TV shows ever…

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