Joseph Siravo got his film debut in the 1993 film Carlito’s Way, playing opposite Sean Penn and Al Pacino. His character was bent on getting revenge for the death of his father and brother.
He eventually made his way to the hugely popular HBO TV series, The Sopranos. He played Johnny Soprano, father of Tony Soprano and was in five episodes over the course of the series run.
He also portrayed Fred Goldman in the FX mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in 2016.
Joseph Siravo, the proud son of Theresa and Mario Siravo also put in more than 2,000 performances in the US tour of hit musical Jersey Boys, as gangster Gyp DeCarlo, which started in 2006. Growing up in the Washington DC, Metro area, he often would attend plays at the acclaimed Arena Stage. Thus began his dream of working in the theater.
Joseph Siravo was also a teacher. He taught at some of the most respected actor-training programs in New York City. He received his MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program and afterword, he joined on as part of the faculty at NYU Grad Acting.
For over 35 years, Joseph Siravo has conducted Shakespeare & Beyond workshops at the Michael Howard Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, the Cherry Lane Alternative, NYU Stonestreet Studios and the Lucid Body Institute.
His family confirmed his death in a statement:
“Acclaimed actor, director, and teacher died on Sunday, April 11, after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer,”
“He had a lifelong love of and passion for Shakespeare and received rave reviews for his portrayal of ‘Claudius’ in the Long Wharf Theater’s 2004 production of ‘Hamlet.’ As a teacher, in addition to his work at NYU, he was also a coach, mentor and teacher of the Shakespeare canon.”
His daughter, Allegra Okarmus also posted on social media of her fathers passing:
“I was by his side when my dear father passed away this morning, peacefully, in his beloved Treehouse,”
“We are both so lucky to be so intensely loved. I am so immensely grateful to have had him here on earth and I know that he hasn’t gone very far.”
Siravo is survived by his loving daughter, Allegra Okarmus, son-in-law Aaron Okarmus and grandson, Atticus Okarmus; his sister Maria Siravo and brothers Mario Siravo, Ernest Siravo and Michael Siravo.
Memorial services for Joseph Siravo will be announced at a later date. He was 64.