Hollywood mourns the loss of three great gangsters: Sirico, Caan and Liotta

Hollywood is mourning the loss of three of the greats of the gangster film genre, Tony Sirico, James Caan and Ray Liotta, who have all passed away in the past three months.

Those paying tribute joked that the trio, known for their appearances in Goodfellas and other classic films, would now have “a session in heaven”.

The three men are reported to have shown no initial interest in acting and went down different paths before finding their breakout roles.

Sirico, best known for his performance as sage Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, died Friday, July 8 at the age of 79.

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It comes two days after Caan, who starred in The Godfather films, died aged 82 on July 6.

Goodfellas star Liotta died aged 67 on May 26.

The men were highly revered in the industry for their portrayals of unsavory characters on the big screen, often appearing together, and tributes were paid to each by cast members and other famous faces.

Sirico was hailed as “truly irreplaceable” by The Sopranos cast members and was described as “nothing like his character” on the hit HBO show.

The actor, born on July 29, 1942 in New York, died in an assisted living facility in Florida, after suffering from dementia for several years.

Goodfellas star Liotta died aged 67 on May 26 (Anthony Harvey/PA)

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Before acting, he was convicted of multiple crimes and arrested more than 20 times.

His background is said to have influenced his acting career and he was well known for his portrayal of criminal characters in films.

In addition to The Sopranos, he has appeared in gangster films including Mob Queen, Mighty Aphrodite, Love and Money, Fingers, The One Man Jury, Defiance, The Last Fight and Innocent Blood, A Bronx Story and Goodfellas – in which he starred. played Tony Stacks. .

The film starred Liotta, playing title character Henry Hill, opposite Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and directed by Martin Scorsese.

Caan, who starred in The Godfather films, died aged 82 on July 6 (Toby Melville/PA)

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In 2021, he starred in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints Of Newark, after turning down a role in the original film.

Liotta was the adopted son of a city clerk and auto parts store owner, and insisted he never considered acting while growing up in Newark, New Jersey.

The actor died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was filming his latest film Dangerous Waters, with his fiancée Jacy Nittolo who was there at the time.

Caan starred in another of the genre’s classic titles, The Godfather films, earning an Oscar nomination in 1973 for his performance as Sonny Corleone – the brash on-screen son of Marlon Brando’s character.

The classic 1972 crime saga, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, also starred Al Pacino and Diane Keaton.

Caan was born in March 1940 in the Bronx, New York and initially considered a career in American football before becoming interested in acting while in college.

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