Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has died following a long fight with cancer at the age of 66. Siravo gained notoriety after playing the role of young Tony Soprano’s father, Johnny Boy Soprano in the HBO Original. His agent confirmed the news, saying the actor died on Sunday after a “long, courageous” battle with colon cancer.
Sopranos actor Joseph Siravo dead at 66
Siravo was most famous for his work on television and the theatre. Apart from working on the hit HBO series, Siravo also played the notable role of Fred Goldman, father of Ron Goldman, in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
Born in Washington D.C., Siravo did his BA from Stanford before completing an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts theatre program. Later on, he made his debut on the screen in 1994’s Carlito’s Way, and soon he joined The Sopranos as Johnny Boy Soprano. During the show, he would mostly appear during flashbacks when Tony (James Gandolfini) would recall his childhood memories of his father from the 60s.
Other than these mainstream shows, Joseph Siravo starred in a number of Broadway productions like the Tony Award-winning “Oslo” and “The Light in the Piazza”. Furthermore, he performed on countless off-Broadway productions too. These include “Mad Forest,” “Up Against the Wind,” as well as “My Night With Reg” and “The Root.”
Apart from his professional work, Joseph Siravo was also highly regarded as an acting teacher. He taught in various actor training programs in New York. During his NYU years, he trained under Ron Van Lieu, Olympia Dukakis, and Nora Dunfee. Later on, Siravo joined the faculty as well, teaching students Shakespeare. Following his death, several Sopranos stars have paid their tributes to the actor. These include Stevie Van Zandt and his wife Maureen, both stars of the show: