The actor Joseph Siravo, best known for playing Tony Soprano’s father Johnny in a series of flashback moments, has died aged 64 after a long battle with cancer.
It was confirmed by fellow actor, Garry Pastore, that his friend had passed away on April 11th, as he took to Instagram to share a picture of Siravo with the caption: “RIP my dear friend, who fought an incredible fight. I will miss you. See you on the other side.”
He later added: “He was a true gent to boot and as you well know hard to find that mutual bond and sincerity.
“Acting has always been a passion and finding true friends that lift you up and support was often difficult. Myself, Joe, Michael Rispoli and Jimmy Gandolfini always supported each other even when up for the same roles, it’s how we rolled.”
Siravo’s daughter also took to social media to share the news of her father’s passing, Allegra Okarmus wrote: “I was by his side when my dear father passed away this morning, peacefully, in his beloved Treehouse. We are both so lucky to be so intensely loved. I am so immensely grateful to have had him here on earth and I know that he hasn’t gone very far. He had many credits, but his favourite one by far was that of Nonno Joe.”
Aside from The Sopranos, Siravo also starred in The Report alongside Adam Driver and featured in the iconic Al Pacino movie Carlito’s Way.
Siravo’s death comes ahead of the forthcoming Sopranos cinematic prequel, The Many Saints of Newark, which has been co-written by the show’s creator David Chase.
You can check out Siravo in the iconic train chase scene, below.