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‘Sopranos’ Tony Sirico’s funeral held in Brooklyn: livestream


To cite his most famous character, here’s to a “half o’ wiseguy.”

Tony Sirico — best known for his prolific portrayal of ganger Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri on HBO’s legendary “The Sopranos” — was remembered fondly by family, friends and fellow forged members as he was laid to rest Wednesday in South Brooklyn.

Born Gennaro Anthony Sirico Jr., on July 29, 1942, he died at age 79 on Friday, his brother and priest Father Robert Sirico announced on social media Friday. His funeral was broadcast via livestream Wednesday morning.

Robert celebrated his brother’s funeral mass at Basilica of Regia Pacis in Sirico’s home Brooklyn nabe, acknowledging forged members together with “loyal and exuberant fans” who got here to pay their respects to the beloved actor.

Tony Sirico was remembered fondly for his role in “The Sopranos.”FilmMagic

The role of a troublesome guy got here naturally to Sirico: He was arrested 28 times throughout his life, the primary coming at age 7 for stealing change from a newsstand, the LA Times reported.

“In spite of everything the times I used to be pinched, I knew every judge on the town,” Sirico, who also played made men roles in 1990’s “Goodfellas” and the 1996 “Gotti” film. “I used to be a troublesome kid. I all the time had that itch in my britches to search out out who I used to be. I tested my [courage] every night.”

In the course of the homily, Robert reminisced of a time a few years ago that his brother refused communion, admitting he hadn’t been to confession in a really very long time.

But a number of weeks ago when Robert “sensed that the top was coming” during visit to Tony in Florida, he finally went through together with his confession, the priest told those in attendance.

Fans and cast of Fans and forged of “The Sopranos” attended Tony Sirico’s funeral in Brooklyn.Supplied by Capital Pictures / M

Cast of Forged of “The Sopranos” paid homage to Tony Sirico after he passed away on Friday at 79.Supplied by Capital Pictures / M

“My friends, if Paulie Walnuts can steal heaven, so are you able to and I,” Robert said.

Despite the fact that he played a loyal soldier to James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, in real life Sirico was never afraid to arise to the boss — in his case, it was show creator David Chase.

“He was the just one who ever asked me to have a line modified. And I did it,” Chase told Variety. “One other character was talking about Paulie, and so they said he was a bully. Tony didn’t like that … He asked me to take the word ‘bully’ out of there. And I did,” the creator added, saying Sirico was “a part of certainly one of the best casts of all time.”

Tony Sirico was remembered dearly by many of his castmates from Tony Sirico was remembered dearly by a lot of his castmates from “The Sopranos.” The LIFE Images Collection via G

Fellow Sopranos forged members too were quick to see how Sirico not only brought the role to life but what playing Paulie meant to him.

“He was never happier than playing Paulie Walnuts. Perfect casting. Rest easy Tony. You probably did good,” David Proval, who played Richie Aprile on “The Sopranos” posted to Instagram, calling Sirico “the actual deal.”

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