The Italian-American and actor Tony Sirico is best known for his role as a mafioso in the hit series “The Sopranos”. But he also appeared frequently as Woody in Allen films.

The US actor Tony Sirico, best known for the mafia series “The Sopranos”, is dead. His longtime manager Bob McGowan told the German Press Agency that he died in a nursing home in the US state of Florida.

The cause of death is not yet known. However, Sirico has suffered from dementia for several years, McGowan said. The actor was 79 years old.

In the hit series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007), about the machinations of a mafia family in New Jersey, Sirico played mobster Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri. In his role, he was known as a brutal criminal but also for his great loyalty to mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).

The New York-born Italian-American has starred in dozens of film and television productions. Martin Scorsese got him in front of the camera for the mafia drama “GoodFellas” in 1990. Director Woody Allen has given Sirico frequent supporting roles, including in films such as Bullets Over Broadway, Aphrodite Beloved, Cafe Society and Wonder Wheel.