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Tony Sirico, 1942-2022

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Tony Sirico, the renowned actor and older brother of Acton Institute co-founder and president emeritus, Rev. Robert A. Sirico, passed away on July 8, 2022. He was 79 years old.

Watch the livestream of the funeral of Tony Sirico on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30am ET here:

Sirico was best known for his role as “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri in HBO’s The Sopranos, for which he won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He had more than 80 acting credits to his name, including in such famous and celebrated films as The Godfather Part II, Goodfellas, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Bullets Over Broadway. Tony’s other passions included helping raise awareness and support for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In 2004, along with Sopranos costar James Gandolfini, he took part in a USO tour to visit troops stationed in the Persian Gulf.

In 2010, Tony Sirico was a special guest at the Acton Institute’s 20th Annual Dinner, introducing his younger brother, Fr. Robert, before a gathered crowd of Acton supporters. He was his inimitable, and memorable, self.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Acton Institute are with Fr. Robert and the entire Sirico family.

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Eric Kohn

Eric Kohn is director of marketing and communications at the Acton Institute. In that role, he works to bring Acton's vision of a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles to a wider audience.