Name: Genaro Anthony “Tony” Sirico, Jr.
Born: July 29, 1942
Born in Brooklyn, Tony Sirico had a rough start to life. In the years before he discovered acting, he spent a lot of time butting heads with the law, admitting to having been a low-level member of the Colombo crime circuit. He went to jail for robbing a club, served time for weapons charges, and had been charged with possessing drugs as well. Sirico has said, in interviews, that an acting troupe visiting one of the jails can be credited with inspiring him to try his hand at acting.
Oddly, his criminal history is part of what gave him the ability to land the gang-related roles he did earn. He made appearances in movies like Defiance, Gangsters, Mickey Blue Eyes, and Goodfellas. He became particularly well-known after landing his role as Paulie Gualtieri on The Sopranos, which ran from 1999 to 2007. He recently signed on with the TV comedy series Family Guy to play the voice of the new dog the Griffin family adopts after Brian’s untimely death.
Sirico’s family life is relatively private, but he does still live in New York and is father to two grown children. Despite his active work life, Tony has spent a lot of time fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other worthy organizations. He is currently estimated to have a net worth of approximately $16 million.
How much is $16 million, really?
It’s certainly enough to continue supporting fundraising efforts for St. Jude, which we think is an amazingly worthy cause. It might also be great for Tony to use some of his wealth to help support inmate programs for those who are incarcerated because of gang-related activity, so that they can rejoin society with the skills necessary to avoid gang life in the future.