Joseph Siravo dead: Sopranos star dies at 64 after battle with cancer

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Joseph Siravo as Johnny Soprano


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Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has died aged 64 after battling cancer.
The actor – best known for playing Tony Soprano’s father Johnny on the hit HBO show moster – died Sunday after a long battle with the disease.

The sad news was confirmed by fellow actor Gerry Pastore who confirmed Siravo’s death on Instagram.

He shared a photo of Siravo and wrote, “RIP my dear friend, who fought an amazing fight. I’ll miss you. See you soon on the other side. “

Gerry added, “He was a real nice guy to boot and as you well know it was hard to find that mutual connection and sincerity. Taking action has always been a passion and finding true friends who uplift and support you was often difficult.

Actor Joseph Siravo
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“Myself, Joe, Michael Rispoli [who played Jackie Aprile Sr.} and Jimmy Gandolfini [Tony Soprano] always supported each other, even when we’re for the same roles, that’s how we rode.

Sopranos star Lillo Brancato Jr., who played young gangster Matthew Bevilaqua, commented, “Oh wow RIP” alongside a praying hands emoji and a loving heart.

Siravo is originally from Washington, DC and attended the famous Tisch School of the Arts in New York and Stanford University before launching his acting career.

Joseph Siravo as Johnny Soprano
Joseph Siravo
Joseph Siravo had a long and successful acting career
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His screen debut came in 1993 when he landed a role in Carlito’s Way opposite Sean Penn and Al Pacino.

In 1997, he was cast in an episode of Law & Order before playing the role of Tony Soprano’s father, Johnny, in The Sopranos.

He landed the role in 1999 and appeared in five episodes in flashback scenes revealing Tony’s turbulent relationship with his parents and how he first stepped into the crowd world.

Siravo played real-life gangster John Gotti in the 2015 film The Wannabe and he was also seen as Fred Goldman – the murdered Ron Goldman’s father – in the television drama The People v. OJ Simpson.

In addition to television and movies, he was also a regular on the stage, appearing on and off Broadway and on a US tour of the hit musical Jersey Boys.

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