Tony Sirico, who portrayed the meticulously groomed mobster Paulie Walnuts in The Sopranos and contributed his tough-guy charisma to movies like Goodfellas, passed away on Friday. He was 79.

Bob McGowen, Sirico’s manager, reported that the singer passed away in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, assisted care facility. On the reason for death, there was no instant information.

According to a statement from Sirico’s family, the news of his passing was received “with profound sadness, but with incredible pride, love, and a whole lot of pleasant memories.”

He was remembered as “faithful and giving” with a strong charitable drive by McGowan, who represented Sirico for more than two decades. According to his manager, this included supporting issues that had personal meaning for the Army veteran.

On Twitter, Steven Van Zandt, Sirico’s co-star as gangster Silvio Dante on The Sopranos, praised him as “renowned.”

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A character who is larger than life both on and off the screen. Going will miss you a lot, my friend,” the performer and actor said.

On The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, referred to Sirico as his “close buddy, collaborator, and partner in crime.”

Tony was unlike anyone else, Imperioli wrote on Instagram. “He was as tough, as loyal, and as big-hearted as anyone I’ve ever known.”

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Rose McGowan said that Sirico was worried about playing a number of villainous characters, most notably Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri in the famed HBO drama’s 1999–2007 run, which starred James Gandolfini as crime boss Tony Soprano. (Gandolfini died in 2013 at the age of 51.)

He wouldn’t play an informant, or as Sirico characterized it, a “snitch,” McGowan added. “He didn’t mind playing a mob person, though.”

In the Flatbush and Bensonhurst neighborhoods, where Sirico was raised, “every guy was eager to establish himself,” according to Sirico, who was born in New York City on July 29, 1942. Either a bullet wound or a tattoo was required.

He admitted to having both in a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, calling himself “unstable” at the time. According to him, he was twice imprisoned and frequently arrested for criminal offenses. He caught the acting bug after witnessing a group of ex-convicts perform during his last time in prison in the 1970s.

I observed them and told myself, “I can do that. I was aware of my good looks. According to him, “I knew I had the guts to stand up for myself and bully people. In prison, you gain a lot of experience. I once stood up in front of these heinous killers and kidnappers and made them laugh.

In the movies Dead Presidents and Deconstructing Harry, Sirico was cast in roles other than that of gangsters, such as police officers. He also appeared in Miami Vice, had voice roles on Family Guy and American Dad, and worked on Woody Allen movies including Mighty Aphrodite and Bullets over Broadway.