Genaro Anthony Tony Siricio is an American actor with an impressive net worth of $16 million. He was born in 1942 in Midwood, Brooklyn, New York. Before becoming an actor playing gangsters, he was a real gangster. He was convicted of multiple crimes and was arrested 28 times. In 1967 he was imprisoned for robbing a Brooklyn after-hours club, and in 1971 he was sentenced to a prison term of up to four years, but ended up serving 20 months. He was also charged with drug possession. During one of his imprisonments he was visited by a ex-convict acting troupe. They inspired him to take a shot at acting.
Tony Sirico Net Worth $16 Million
Thanks to his life experience, Tony had a knack for playing gangsters in movies. His first serious movie role was in the 1978 movie Fingers, in which he played a criminal. After that he appeared in a bunch of movies as a gangster: Fingers and The One Man Jury in 1978, Defiance in 1980, The Last Fight in 1983, Goodfellas in 1990, Innocent Blood in 1992, and Bullets Over Broadway in 1994 are some of them. These roles made Tony‘s net worth increase steadily. Later on he also played some roles on the other side of the law – he was a policeman in Dead Presidents in 1995 and in Deconstructing Harry in 1997.
However, his big breakthrough was in 1999 when he secured the role for which he is most well known, Paulie Walnuts Gaultieri in a TV show about gangsters, The Sopranos. The series ended up being a huge hit. Tony won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance as his character in 2000 and 2008, but was nominated five more times.. Sirico stayed with the show until 2007 and got a big boost to his net worth in that time.
After The Sopranos, Tony also appeared in a few other television shows. He was in The Fairly Odd Parents for 2 episodes in 2005, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa in 2008 (as a mobster), Chuck and Medium in 2010, Lilyhammer (as his namesake) and also in Family Guy in 2013, where he voiced a family dog, Vinny Griffin for 2 episodes.
Currently Sirico is planning to star in the drama Zarra‘s Law with Joseph Scarpinito as writer and producer behind it. He is also going to play a law-abiding role of a football coach in the film Sports Heaven.
As for his personal life, Siricio is a far-right republican, and even donated to Rudy Giuliani‘s presidential campaign. He also has a brother, Robert, who is a Catholic priest, and a co-founder of Action Institute.
Now you know how a serious criminal and a menace to society turned his life around through acting, to reach this fascinating net worth sum of $16 million.
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One 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.
Sirico 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.
Killing 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.
I 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.
I 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.
[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.
It 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.
I've done like 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops.