Sopranos and Goodfellas star Paul Herman dies on his 76th birthday

Sopranos star Paul Herman has died at the age of 76.

The actor is best known for his role as Beansie on The Sopranos, but has also played Randy on Silver Linings Playbook and Whispers DiTullio on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman.

Herman died on March 29, his birthday.

No cause of death was given.

Herman’s co-star with the Sopranos, Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti on the hit show, paid tribute to his friend on Instagram.

He said: “Paulie was just a great guy. A top notch storyteller and narrator and a damn fine actor.

“Goodfellas, Once Upon a Time in America, The Irishman and of course The Sopranos are some of the highlights.

“Paulie has lived around the corner from me for the last few years and I’m glad we were able to spend some time together before he left. I will miss him.

“Lots of love to his family, friends and community of actors and filmmakers.”

Actress Demi Mazar, who starred opposite Herman in Goodfellas, said in response to Imperioli’s tribute: “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Oh no. I have such a long history with Paulie since the early 80’s.”

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Fans have paid tribute to Herman on social media. One wrote: “Rest in peace Paul Herman. Enjoyed his performance in so many of his roles”.

Another added: “RIP to the great Paul Herman who played Beansie so memorably on The Sopranos.

“I’ve always loved the humanity he brought to the role, just a good guy ready to take any hit in the world.”

In addition to his role in The Sopranos, Herman has appeared in more than a dozen De Niro films, including Falling in Love and Once Upon a Time in America.

He also memorably played dealer in Goodfellas.

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