Genaro Anthony "Tony" Sirico, Jr. (born July 29, 1942) is an American actor, best known for his role as Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri in The Sopranos.
Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Mob Queen, Mighty Aphrodite, Love and Money, Fingers, The One Man Jury, Defiance, The Last Fight, Innocent Blood, Bullets over Broadway, The Pick-up Artist, Gotti, The Search for One-eye Jimmy, Cop Land, Turn of Faith, Hello Again, and Mickey Blue Eyes.
He also played policemen in the films Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry. Sirico's most acclaimed acting job was that of Paulie Gualtieri in David Chase's Emmy award winning drama, The Sopranos. Recently, he told the host of a Las Vegas radio show he would be playing the role of an ill-tempered high school football coach in an upcoming comedy for children called Sports Heaven. He is currently set to star in the upcoming drama Zarra's Law, written and produced by Joseph Scarpinito for Scarpe Diem Productions.
In late 2013, he voiced the character of Vinny Griffin, who was the family's pet dog in Family Guy (replacing Brian Griffin after his death; Brian would later be saved via time travel two episodes after Vinny's debut). Sirico also made a cameo in the episode "Stewie, Chris, & Brian's Excellent Adventure, where he threatens Stewie, who had insulted Italians, calling them "ridiculous people".
Awards: 2 wins & 5 nominations
Known For: The Sopranos (1999) | Goodfellas (1990) | Bullets Over Broadway (1994) | Innocent Blood (1992)