The actor who played mobster Paulie Walnuts on

“The Sopranos” and other tough-guy roles in movies has died

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Sirico, who played the impeccably groomed

mobster Paulie Walnuts in “The Sopranos” and brought his tough-guy

swagger to films including “Goodfellas,” died Friday. He was 79

Sirico died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

said his manager, Bob McGowen. There was no immediate information on the cause of death

A statement from Sirico's family confirmed the death of Gennaro Anthony

 “Tony” Sirico “with great sadness, but with incredible pride

love and a whole lot of fond memories.