Tony Sirico

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Sirico was born in Midwood, Brooklyn to Neapolitan parents.

Sirico has played gangsters in a number of films, including Mob Queen, Gangsters, Love and Money, Fingers, The Last Fight, Goodfellas, Innocent Blood, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Gotti, Cop Land, and Mickey Blue Eyes. He also played a policeman in the film Dead Presidents

Sirico's brother, Robert Sirico, is a priest and co-founder of the free-market Acton Institute. Before turning to acting, Sirico was reportedly a mob associate of the Colombo crime family serving under Carmine Persico and had been arrested twenty-eight times. There is a Sopranos reference to this fact when Paulie says "I made it through the seventies by the skin of my balls when the Colombos were goin' at it." In 1967, he was sent to prison for robbing a Brooklyn after hours club, but was released after serving thirteen months. In 1971, he pled guilty to felony weapons possession and was sentenced to an "indeterminate" prison term of up to four years, of which Sirico ended up serving twenty months. According to a court transcript, at the time of his sentencing, he also had pending charges for drug possession

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