The Sopranos star Joseph Siravo dead at 64

 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’. 

Tragic: The Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has passed away aged 64

Tragic: The Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has passed away aged 64

Tragic: The Sopranos star Joseph Siravo has passed away aged 64

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…

‘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.’

Joseph appeared on the show as Tony’s father in flashbacks to the Sixties. 

Heartache: 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

Heartache: 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

Heartache: 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

The Sopranos centered around mob boss Tony Soprano and his dealings with his family and The Family while also seeking treatment for panic attacks.

The hit show was one of the first of it’s kind and ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 to 2007.

It made a star of actor James Gandolfini, who won numerous awards including Golden Globes, Emmys and SAG Awards, and is often credited for kicking off the stellar trend of television dramas in the 2000s and 2010s.

Working hard: Joseph, who was born in Washington, trained at Tisch School of the Arts University and studied at Stanford before launching his acting career

Working hard: Joseph, who was born in Washington, trained at Tisch School of the Arts University and studied at Stanford before launching his acting career

Working hard: Joseph, who was born in Washington, trained at Tisch School of the Arts University and studied at Stanford before launching his acting career

Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013 in Rome, Italy from a heart attack while on vacation with his son, who was the one to find him fallen in his hotel room. 

Joseph, who was born in Washington, trained at Tisch School of the Arts University and studied at Stanford before launching his acting career.

In 1993 he scooped his first role, starring in Carlito’s Way with Al Pacino and Sean Penn, while he also starred in Law & Order. 

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