Sopranos, Goodfellas actor Paul Herman dies at 76

Fox News reports that actor Paul Herman, known for his role in The Sopranos, has passed away at the age of 76. 

Herman’s death was confirmed by a representative. The representative told Fox that Herman died on Tuesday, which was his 76th birthday.

The cause of death has not been revealed.

Remembering Herman

Herman has film credits going all the way back to the early 1980s. Herman’s acting niche was movies and shows having to do with the mob and crime.

His film credits include Analyze That, Heat, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Cotton Club, Bullets Over Broadway, Once Upon a Time in America, The Last Temptation of Christ, Casino, Goodfellas, and many more.

Herman’s television credits, on the other hand, include Entourage, Spencer for Hire, The Equalizer, and Miami Vice. But, of course, what Herman is most known for is his role in The Sopranos. 

Herman appeared in five episodes of The Sopranos, three episodes in Season 2, one in Season 4, and one in Season 6. Herman played Peter “Beansie” Gaeta, the drug dealer-turned club owner who once associated with the DiMeo crime family.

NBC News reports: “In his most famous scene from the show, Beansie was viciously attacked by his former friend Richie Aprile (David Proval), who throws a pot of coffee on him and runs him over with a car.”

“I’ll miss him”

Michael Imperioli is one of several Sopranos actors who has paid tribute to Herman on social media following the news of his death.

“Our friend and colleague PAUL HERMAN has passed away,” he wrote. “Paulie was just a great dude, a first-class storyteller, and raconteur, and one hell of an actor.”

Goodfellas, Once Upon a Time in America, The Irishman, and of course, The Sopranos are some highlights,” Imperioli continued. “Paulie lived around the corner from me the last few years, and I am glad we got to spend some time together before he left us.

“I’ll miss him,” Imperioli concluded. “Lots of love to his family, friends, and our community of actors and filmmakers.”

Actress Frances Fisher, among others, has referred to Herman’s death as “the end of an era.”

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