'Family Guy' dog is expected to return Dec. 15

'Family Guy' dog is expected to return Dec. 15

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Brian, the Griffin family's recently deceased dog, will be returning shortly to the U.S. animated series "Family Guy," EW.com reported Friday.
New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia helped dedicate a New Jersey street to their late "Sopranos" co-star James Gandolfini.
Brian the dog dies on 'Family Guy'

Brian the dog dies on 'Family Guy'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Brian, the Griffin family's dog, has died on the U.S. animated television series, "Family Guy."
Family Guy kills major character, shocks fans

Family Guy kills major character, shocks fans

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday night's "Family Guy."
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Stars line up for 'Jersey Shore Shark Attack' flick

Stars line up for 'Jersey Shore Shark Attack' flick

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, Paul Sorvino, Jack Scalia, William Atherton and Joey Fatone are to star in the TV movie "Jersey Shore Shark Attack," Syfy said Tuesday.

'Sopranos' sweeps SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and the rest of "The Sopranos" crew all won Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles Sunday night.

'Sopranos' mob hits up network for cash

NEWARK, N.J., July 6 (UPI) -- The "Sopranos" cast all jockeyed for pay raises in the final season with the last two New Jersey wise guys, Silvio and Paulie, holding out until the very end.

Tony Sirico files suit against casino

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos'" Tony "Paulie Walnuts" Sirico is suing the Atlantic City Hilton for using a picture of him on a billboard advertisement.

'Sopranos' cast may see a few losses

NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico, actors on HBO's "The Sopranos", are still working on their contracts for the last season of the show.

'Sopranos' -- Sigler said close to signing

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Jamie Lynn Sigler, who plays Meadow, on HBO's "The Sopranos," is reportedly close to signing a deal to return to the show.

'Sopranos' actor has real life mob history

NEW YORK, March 20 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" Tony Sirico once led a life that was not so far removed from that of his mobster character, Paulie Walnuts.

Stars line up to see 'Jersey Boys'

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, actors from "The Sopranos" and three original members of the Four Seasons came out to see the new Broadway musical, "Jersey Boys."

'Soprano' crew open hearts and wallets

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, aka "The Sopranos" Paulie Walnuts, made his colorful castmates an offer they couldn't refuse and raised $465,000 for sick kids.

'Sopranos' stars visit troops

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- HBO mobsters Tony Soprano and Paulie Walnuts are visiting American troops in the Persian Gulf region this week, Entertainment Tonight reported Thursday.

Padalecki to return to 'Gilmore Girls'

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Jared Padalecki, the actor who played Rory Gilmore's first love, has signed up for a recurring role on The WB's "Gilmore Girls" next season.
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Tony Sirico
Tony Sirico arrives at the Chocolat au Vin - A Deliciously Decadent Evening of Dancing, Desserts and Dreams Benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Capitale in New York on May 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Genaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico, Jr. (born July 29, 1942) is an American character actor who is most famous for his role as Paulie Gualtieri in the hit television series The Sopranos.

Sirico was born in Midwood, Brooklyn to Sicilian parents. Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Mob Queen, Gangsters, Love and Money, Fingers, The Last Fight, Goodfellas, Innocent Blood, Bullets Over Broadway, The Pick-up Artist, Mighty Aphrodite, Gotti, Cop Land, and Mickey Blue Eyes. He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry.

Before turning to acting, Sirico was reportedly a mob associate of the Colombo crime family serving under Carmine "Junior" Persico and had been arrested twenty-eight times. There is a Sopranos reference to this fact when Paulie says "I made it through the seventies by the skin of my balls when the Colombos were goin' at it." In 1967, he was sent to prison for robbing a Brooklyn after hours club, but was released after serving thirteen months. In 1971, he pled guilty to felony weapons possession and was sentenced to an "indeterminate" prison term of up to four years, of which Sirico ended up serving twenty months. According to a court transcript, at the time of his sentencing, he also had pending charges for drug possession.

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