Paul Herman: 'The Sopranos' star dies aged 76

Lorraine Bracco leads tributes to actor who starred in numerous crime films

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Actor Paul Herman, who starred as Peter 'Beansie' Gaeta in The Sopranos and made appearances in numerous gangster films including Goodfellas, died on Tuesday, his 76th birthday.

Herman's death was confirmed in an Instagram post by former Sopranos and Goodfellas co-star Michael Imperioli, who called the movie icon a "great dude".

He was a "first-class storyteller and raconteur", Imperioli wrote.

Herman's cause of death has not yet been released.

Best known for his role Peter 'Beansie' Gaeta, an associate for the DiMeo crime family in The Sopranos, Herman's acting career spanned 37 years.

Goodfellas co-star Debi Mazar was among many to comment on Herman's death.

"Noooooo!!! Oh no," she commented on Imperioli's post. "I have such a long history with Paulie since the early 80’s."

Lorraino Bracco, who played therapist Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos among other roles, remembered Herman as a "loving soul with a great sense of humour".

Actor James Woods, who played Max Bailey in the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America alongside Herrman, said there "as no sweeter man on earth".

"You always felt at home in his presence," Woods said on Twitter.

Herman most recently starred as Whispers DiTullio in Martin Scorsese's crime epic The Irishman alongside Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.

The Brooklyn-born actor also made appearances in Heat, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Casino and Big.

Updated: March 31, 2022, 4:09 AM