The Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has passed away aged 64.
The actor, who was best known for his role as Tony Soprano’s father Johnny in the hit show, died on Sunday after a lengthy cancer battle.
News of his passing was confirmed by fellow actor Garry Pastore, 59, who shared an Instagram tribute to his late friend and lauded his ‘incredible fight’.
Alongside a head shot of Joseph, he penned: ‘RIP my dear friend, who fought an incredible fight. I will miss you. See you on the other side’.
In a separate comment, Gerry went on: ‘He was a true gent to boot and as you well know hard to find that mutual bond and sincerity…
BREAKING NEWS: Johnny Soprano actor Joseph Siravo has reportedly died, aged 64— The Sopranos Club (@TheSopranosClub) April 11, 2021
In The Sopranos, Joseph was fantastic in portraying Tony’s ruthless father, which is an incredibly important part of Tony’s story
Us fans will keep your memory alive
‘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.’
To a wider audience, Siravo will always be remembered as Johnny “Johnny Boy” Soprano from HBO’s critically acclaimed mob drama The Sopranos. Siravo took on the role of DiMeo crime family capo and father of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).
In the show, he appeared in flashback and dream sequences in five episodes, making his first appearance in “Down Neck,” the seventh episode in season one with his final one in episode 15 of season six titled “Remember When.”
Siravo’s also starred in FX’s Emmy award-winning drama The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in which he gave a powerful performance as Fred Goldman, the father of the murdered Ron Goldman.
Throughout his career, Siravo was committed to teaching his craft, and he was a sought-after private acting tutor and also a member of NYU’s Grad Acting faculty, led by Zelda Fichandler, where he taught Voice, Speech & Text with a primary focus on Shakespeare.
He was also the founder of the Shakespeare & Beyond workshop and had a long association with the Lucid Shakespeare workshop.
His producing credits include the feature film Things That Hang From Trees.
He is survived by his daughter, Allegra, son-in-law, Aaron Okarmus and grandson, Atticus; his sister Maria and brothers Mario, Ernest and Michael.