Tony Sirico is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Pauli Gualtieri on the HBO’s series ‘The Sopranos’. The 1999 series made him an instant celebrity and the series won SAG Award in the year 2000 for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
Tony Sirico brings to the characters he plays the realism and authenticity which only one whose real-life experiences are such can bring. His most popular portrayals are those where he plays persons who are on the wrong side of the law.
His films with Woody Allen like ‘Mighty Aphrodite’, ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Bullets over Broadway’ made him famous. Let’s find out more about Tony Sirico’s net worth in 2018.
Tony Sirico early life
Tony Sirico was born on July 29, 1942 in New York City. As a teenager he found himself a part of a street gang which was involved in fights with communities of African-American and Irish decent. He was once attacked by a rival Irish Gang member.
He was on the wrong side of the law many times and was convicted for several crimes like robbing a Brooklyn Club, weapons possession felony and drug possession. He was believed to be an associate of crime family captain Clemenza.
In the year 1989 he appeared in ‘The Big Bang’ documentary in which he discusses his life spent in crime and prisons in his earlier life.
Tony Sirico Career, Awards & Achievement
In the year 1974 shortly after his release from prison, Tony Sirico got a role in the film ‘Crazy Joey’ (1974), a film about the life of mobster Joey Gallo. This was followed by some years without any tangible work. But he persisted and tried to associate with those who mattered to get him the desired roles.
He came into contact with Director James Toback. Thereafter his association with director Woody Allen began. In the year 1994 he got a role in the movie ‘Bullets over Broadway’ of Woody Allen in which he enacted the role of ‘Rocco’. His other films with Woody Allen were ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ (1995) and ‘Celebrity’ (1998).
The high point in his career came with ‘The Sopranos’ (1999) making his and rest of the cast widely known.
According to Tony Sirico he has done 45 movies, played 40 gangsters and five crooked cops. This profile amply qualifies him to be a part of the unofficial group of New York actors called GAG-The Gangsters Actors Guild.
In 1990 he had a minor role in Martin Scorsese’s classic film ‘Good fellas’ and played assorted wise guys in Susan Seidelman’s film ‘Cookie’ (1989).
Awards and achievements:
Tony Sirico won 2 awards by Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series. The first award was in the year 2000 and the second was in the year 2008.
Tony Sirico was also nominated for the same award in the year 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007. With the above awards he was winner of 2 awards and 5 nominations all for his role in the TV series ‘The Sopranos’.
Net Worth of Tony Sirico
Tony Sirico’s Net Worth is estimated as $12.5 million. His earnings come from his acting in numerous gangster films and HBO TV series ‘The Soprano’ which had a very high viewership for its entire season of several years.
His other famous roles that brought him earnings were in the films where he played a policeman like in film ‘Dead Presidents’ and his role as a voice actor in the animated TV series ‘Family Guy’.
Tony Sirico lead a life of crime in early years spending time in various prisons serving sentences. This did not deter him to convert a negative profile into that of a celebrated actor. His early life as a gangster made him eminently capable to lend authenticity to similar roles.
He used his bleak past to shine and do well in his life with his grit and determination.