US actor Joseph Siravo, who played Tony Soprano’s father Johnny in the TV drama The Sopranos, has died aged 64.
Siravo also featured in the Tony Award-winning stage musical Jersey Boys, as well as The People v OJ Simpson – part of the American Crime Story TV series.
The Sopranos ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2007, winning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
Siravo’s character appeared in flashbacks to the sixties as Tony’s father, with whom he had a troubled relationship.
Born and raised in the US capital Washington DC, Siravo made his on-screen debut in the 1993 film Carlito’s Way.
A star of screen and stage, he put in more than 2,000 performances as the character Gyp DeCarlo in the first national tour of the musical Jersey Boys from 2006 onwards.
Siravo often found himself cast as a Mafioso, playing both John and Gene Gotti of the Gambino crime family in separate projects.
More recently, he played Fred Goldman, father of the murdered waiter Ronald Goldman, in 2016’s The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story; and appeared in the political drama film The Report in 2019.