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Joseph Siravo (1955–2021), “The Sopranos” star

by Linnea Crowther

Joseph Siravo was an actor known for roles including Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano on HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

Acting career

Siravo was best known to many for playing the father of James Gandolfini’s (1961–2013), character, Tony Soprano, on “The Sopranos,” appearing in flashbacks. But he also had other TV roles as well as movie and stage credits. An early role was Vinnie Taglialucci in the 1993 film “Carlito’s Way.” Siravo’s other movies included “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” “Enchanted,” “The Wannabe,” and “Motherless Brooklyn.” On TV, he played Fred Goldman on “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He also made appearances on shows including “Another World,” “Law & Order,” “Made in Jersey,” and “New Amsterdam.” Siravo played Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo in the original U.S. tour of the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys.” Thought he often played mobsters on TV and in movies, Siravo was also a Shakespearean stage actor and led the acting workshop Shakespeare & Beyond.

Tributes to Joseph Siravo

Full obituary: NJ.com

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