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Joseph Siravo: Sopranos and Jersey Boys star dies at age 66 after battle with colon cancer |  Ents & Arts News

Soprano actor Joseph Siravo, who played Johnny Soprano, has died aged 66, his agent has confirmed.

He died on Sunday “after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer,” Andrew Tetenbaum said in a statement to Sky News.

His friend Garry Pastore previously wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of the actor: “RIP my dear friend, who fought an incredible fight. I will miss you. See you on the other side.”

Siravo played Tony’s father in The Sopranos. Pic: Andy Kropa / Invision via AP

The star’s daughter Allegra Okarmus also reportedly shared the news on her private social media accounts, saying, “I was by her side when my dear father passed away peacefully this morning in his beloved Treehouse.

“We are both so lucky to be loved so intensely. I am extremely grateful to have had him here on earth and I know he did not go very far.”

Siravo is perhaps best known for his turn in The Sopranos, widely regarded as one of the greatest television dramas ever made, in which he appeared in a number of episodes as Johnny Soprano, Tony’s father. , in a series of flashbacks.

The flashbacks appeared to show her strained relationship with her son, played by the late James Gandolfini.

He most recently appeared in OJ vs The People: American Crime Story, where he portrayed Fred Goldman, the father of murdered waiter Ronald Goldman, in the forensic drama.

Siravo was also an accomplished stage actor and appeared in the Jersey Boys musical over 2,000 times on his first tour of the United States.

He played Gyp DeCarlo, a real New York mob boss in the 1960s, who shines Frankie Valli and helps his band pay off debt.

He also appeared in The Light in the Piazza and The Boys from Syracuse shows.

Siravo also had a love of Shakespeare, and played Hamlet in 2004, and continued to coach and teach his works for New York University.

The actor is survived by his daughter, Allegra Okarmus, his son-in-law, Aaron Okarmus and his grandson, Atticus Okarmus, as well as his sister Maria Siravo and his brothers Mario Siravo, Ernest Siravo and Michael Siravo.

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