Tony Sirico Remembers Dear Friend, ‘Sopranos’ Castmate Frank Vincent


“Everybody loved Frankie,” the Paulie Gualtieri actor says.

Tony Sirico was shocked and saddened like many others on Wednesday when he learned of the death of Frank Vincent.

The two men did a number of projects together, both film and TV, with their most famous work being the iconic HBO mob show, The Sopranos.

Vincent died Wednesday. He was 78.

Sirico, who played Paulie Gualtieri, granted The Hollywood Reporter an interview to talk about his friend.

“We had a lot of fun together,” he told THR. “Great guy. Well respected. Great actor.”

Vincent, who appeared in multiple films by Martin Scorsese, played boss of the Lupertazzi crime family, Phil Leotardo.

Sirico, still overcome with grief, said it would take three days to talk about all the fun and craziness they experienced on the HBO set together, so he kept it simple.

“All I can say is we had a lot of fun,” Sirico said. “On the show, his character was working with another mob and I didn’t get a piece of the action with Frank before Leotardo died. But, everybody loved Frankie.”