Paul Herman, a Brooklyn native who starred in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” died Tuesday at the age of 76.
The manner in which he died has not been reported.
Michael Imperioli, a former “Sopranos” castmate, confirmed Herman’s death in an Instagram post, describing him as “simply a fantastic person.”
“A first-rate storyteller and raconteur, as well as an exceptional actor… Paulie lived around the block from me for the last several years, and I’m grateful we got to spend time together before he left us,” Imperioli, who portrayed Christopher Moltisanti on the hit HBO series, wrote in the heartfelt tribute.
“I’m going to miss him. Many thanks to his family, friends, and the acting and filmmaking community.”
Herman was most recognized for his character of Peter “Beansie” Gaeta, a former heroin dealer turned pizza restaurant and club owner, in “The Sopranos.”
Paul Herman is well known for his portrayal of “The Sopranos” heroin dealer turned pizza restaurant and club owner Peter “Beansie” Gaeta.
Along with Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro, the beloved actor participated in “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Cop Land,” “Analyze That,” “American Hustle,” and Martin Scorsese’s criminal epic “The Irishman.”
Tony Danza, a fellow Brooklynite and actor, referred to Herman as “one of the best men of all time.” A fantastic performer and a fantastic friend.”
“If you visited NYC from LA, he was the entertainment director,” the 70-year-old artist noted in a tweet. We are all going to miss you tremendously, Paulie.”
Frances Fisher, a British-American actress, described Herman’s death as the “end of an era.”
“Paulie Herman – Everyone’s Favorite. From her days in New York City at Cafe Central & Columbus to her nights on the West Coast at Ago, Paulie was always there with a grin and a table,” she wrote.
“Decades of recollections scattered around every imaginable haunt and hamlet. Fisher said, “An actor, a horseman, a man about town, a bit of a health freak, and a bottom line trustworthy buddy.”