Actor Joseph Siravo, whose numerous TV roles included Tony Sopran’s father Johnny Boy in The Sopranos, died on Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 64 years old. « I was by his side when my dear father died peacefully this morning in his beloved tree house, » wrote Siravo’s daughter Allegra Okarmus in a private Instagram post quoted by the BBC. “We are both so happy to be loved so intensely. I am very grateful to have had him here on earth and I know he didn’t go very far. «
Siravo appeared in several Sopranos episodes as the late Johnny Boy, who often appeared in flashbacks to Tony’s childhood. More recently, in 2016, he was in FX’s The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story as Fred Goldman, father of murder victim Ron Goldman.
The actor has had an extensive résumé over the years, including guest and recurring TV roles, including stints on Dirty Sexy Money, The Blacklist, Elementary , Blue Bloods and New Amsterdam. His most recent credit was ABC’s legal drama For Life, in which he played Detention Superintendent Jerry McCormick.
Siravo was also a veteran of the stage, having appeared in Broadway productions such as The Light in the Piazza, The Boys from Syracuse, Conversations with My Father and Oslo.
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Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, honored Siravo in an Instagram post on Sunday, writing: “Joe was an excellent actor and a wonderful guy and he will be missed very much. His Johnny Boy Soprano performance was spot on and he also made a perfect John Gotti in Nick Sandow’s The Wannabe. In my opinion he was the best of any actor to play the Teflon Don. Goodbye, Joe. See you next life, my friend. «