The Show “The Sopranos”, Cast, And Trivia!
This series revolves around the life, family and associates of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Tony is an Italian-American, New Jersey-based mobster, who is the capodecina (this means a high-ranking, fully initiated Mafia member of a crime family that heads a “crew” of soldiers or “the muscle of their family”, has major influence and social status within the organization, and reports directly to a boss or underboss) of the DiMeo crime family.
Tony, in addition to his Mafia exploits, is also a husband and father. He and his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), have a difficult relationship due to many factors, not the least of which is his refusal to stay faithful. They have two children, a daughter named Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), and a son named Anthony Junior (Robert Iler). There are also many extended family members who play an important part in Tony’s daily life. His mother Livia (Nancy Marchand) and his sister Janice (Aida Turturro). His uncle Corrado “Junior” Soprano (Dominic Chianese), his cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi), and his protégé and cousin by marriage, (although he is sometimes referred to as his nephew), Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). In addition to his family members, there are also his “family” members. Richie Aprile (David Proval), Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri, (Steven R. Schirripa), Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli), Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), and Eugene Pontecorvo (Robert Funaro).
Other friends include Charmaine Bucco (Kathrine Narducci), Herman “Hesh” Rabkin (Jerry Adler), Angie Bonpensiero (Toni Kalem), Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), Rosalie Aprile (Sharon Angela), and Artie (John Ventimiglia). As well as certain members of the New York-based, Lupertazzi crime family, who are not friends but have a significant effect on his life. John “Johnny Sack” Sacramoni (Vince Curatola), “Little” Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr. (Ray Abruzzo) and Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent).
Last but certainly not least is his psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). An Italian-American woman whom Tony starts seeing due to a recent panic attack and regular bouts of depression.
Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini)-Tony is a capodecina for the DiMeo crime family, (he later becomes a street boss), a father, husband and a man who constantly has problems of one kind or another on his mind. He met his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), while they were still in high school, and though he does still love her, finds it impossible to resist the lure of having sexual relations with countless other women. He has basically a loveless relationship with his mother, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand), who he depicts as being a joyless woman with a cruel nature. His father, “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Joseph Siravo), was also a member of the Mafia and involved his children, not only in his life of crime, but also to cover his lies and narcissistic behavior. Tony had a bond of sorts with his father, but not exactly what one would call a father and son type relationship. His father died in 1986 from emphysema. He has two sisters, Janice (Aida Turturro), and Barbara (Nicole Burdette and Danielle Di Vecchio). He is closer to Janice than to Barbara but neither relationship is perfect. He has two children, Meadow and Anthony (A.J.), and he is in many ways a loving father. And unlike his father before him, he tries to hide the fact that he leads a criminal life, and does not include his children in his exploits. He also tends to alienate his children at times due to his over-protective behavior, and his fears and worries about how their lives will turn out. Tony also loves sports (the New York Yankees and the New York Jets in particular), betting, fishing and golfing. Strangely enough, he has a great love of animals, and also enjoys history, especially the World War II era. He is also short-tempered, depressed, a violent sociopath, and given to panic attacks that at times are so severe that he passes out from them. All these problems combined are what finally compel him to seek therapy, which is when he begins to see Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who tries her best to help him, despite the many issues they seem to constantly disagree over.
Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco)-Carmela is the materialistic wife of Tony Soprano. She and Tony were high school sweethearts, got married young and had their two children soon after. Carmela is very observant of the beliefs of her Roman Catholic religion which makes it very hard for her to rationalize her husband’s line of work. She, along with her husband, have difficulties when dealing with their children, and due to his many infidelities, she actually contemplates having sex with her priest. She has an annoyingly shrill voice, and though she dislikes what her spouse does for a living, she does enjoy the perks! Things like being able to lean on people to get what she wants and large amounts of money that enable her to live a life of luxury.
Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)-Jennifer is Italian-American, has one son, Jason LaPenna (Will McCormack), and is Tony Soprano‘s psychiatrist. She does her best to help him, though his constant mood swings and sometimes uncommunicative behavior tend to make the process difficult and slower than he would like. In addition, they both seem to have feelings of a sexual nature toward one another which also complicates things. Jennifer manages to resist his advances and keep their relationship on a professional level, even though she is probably the one person who truly understands him. She retains her own psychiatrist and is a recovering alcoholic.
Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli)-Christopher is Tony’s protégé, and his wife’s’ cousin, though he is sometimes referred to fondly by Tony as his “nephew”. Chris is discouraged by the slowness with which he seems to be ascending in the business (he eventually is promoted to the higher levels that he so yearns for), and has repeated issues of drug and alcohol problems. He has a long-time girlfriend, Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), that he loves, but also physically abuses. Theirs is a turbulent relationship, but one that is also filled with love and devotion (although more heavily with her).
Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler)-Meadow is the smart but spoiled daughter of Tony and Carmela Soprano. She plays on the high school soccer team in high school and sings in the chorus. Later, Meadow attends Columbia University with the intent of becoming a pediatrician, unfortunately her first year does not go well. Throughout her teen years, though her father tried to hide it, she was fully aware of his involvement with the Mafia and was quite bitter about her ancestry, a fact which causes her to briefly struggle with drug and alcohol abuse as well as depression. Eventually, she resigns herself to the actuality of whom and what her father really is, and this helps to steady her, getting her back on track in both school and life.
A.J. Soprano (Robert Iler)-A.J. is the underachieving, selfish, lazy, only son of Tony and Carmela Soprano. He is in many ways, a spoiled rich kid, who acts out and takes things for granted. This of course stems from the fact that despite the way he behaves, his parents still keep spoiling him with expensive gifts and refusing to set or force him to adhere to any rules. His grades are poor and he seems to have no desire to make a future for himself. A.J. has borderline ADD and experiences panic attacks like his father. He likes heavy metal bands (Pantera, Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber, Slipknot, etc.), and is a constant concern to both of his parents.
Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand)-Livia is the mother of Tony Soprano, and the matriarch of the Soprano family. She is a joyless woman whose only real pleasures seem to come from the miseries that she is able to cause other people around her. This seems to apply principally to her three children, Tony, Barbara and Janice. To say that she is not the loving, motherly type is a vast understatement, as is evidenced by some of the horrible things that she says or does to her children. Some examples would be, trying to have her only son killed by getting her brother-in-law to put out a hit on him, and telling his son’s wife on the day of their wedding that he (Tony) would get bored with her. Tony’s psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi believes her to have “narcissistic personality disorder”. The one thing she does enjoy is listening to the music of Mario Lanza.
Janice Soprano (Aida Turturro)-Janice is the older sister of Tony Soprano, who, like her mother, suffers from narcissistic personality disorder, is incredibly manipulative and prone to violent behavior. After she graduated from high school, she went to Los Angeles and joined an ashram. She then changed her name to “Parvati Wasatch” and traveled to different places, eventually marrying a French-speaking Canadian named, “Eugene”, to whom she bore a son named “Harpo”. Harpo is barely mentioned and is never actually seen on the show. She later has another child with one of her other husbands’ “Bobby Baccalieri” (Steve Schirripa), a daughter named, “Dominica Baccalieri” (Kimberly and Brianna Laughlin, Avery Elaine and Emily Ruth Pulcher). She was also married to another man “Richie Aprile” (David Proval), which ends up with her killing him and calling her brother to help her get rid of the body. The thing about Janice is that she always wants what she can’t have, and that the things she does get are gotten despite her being lazy with no work ethic. She is manipulative and much like her brother, she loses interest after the chase is over.
Barbara Soprano Giglione (Nicole Burdette and Danielle Di Vecchio)-Barbara is Tony Sopranos’ younger sister, and seen on an irregular basis. She is married to Tom Giglione (Ed Vassallo), and they live in
`Brewster, New York with their two children, “Tommy Jr.” (Anthony Piccolo) and “Alyssa” (Madison Connolly). She later spends more time with her siblings after a near tragedy in the family.
Corrado John Soprano, Jr. “Junior” (Dominic Chianese)-Junior is the uncle of Tony Soprano and the Acting Boss of the DiMeo crime family (he received this position after the death of Jackie Aprile, Sr.). Though he never is responsible for murdering anyone personally, he does order a fair number of hits (murders). He is selfish, arrogant and unsociable although when Tony was younger, after the death of his brother from emphysema (Tony’s father), Junior was a real mentor and father-figure for a while, helping Tony to rise quickly through the ranks, becoming the youngest capodecina of the DiMeo Family. Later though, after Tony started to become more of a rival, their relationship changed a great deal, so much so that Junior even ordered a hit on Tony at the request of his former sister-in-law, (Tony’s mother).
Giacomo Aprile, Sr. “Jackie” (Michael Rispoli)-Jackie is the Acting Boss of the DiMeo Family. He grew up with Tony and they rose through the family ranks together. Jackie become the Acting Boss when Ercole “Eckley” DiMeo (the former boss of the family), went to prison for life. Jackie’s reign as Boss was relatively peaceful, and he was quite powerful. He was married to Rosalie Aprile (Sharon Angela), and they had three children together. He did not however want his son, Jackie April, Jr., to follow in his footsteps and shortly before his death from stomach cancer extracted a promise from Tony who gave Jackie Sr., his word that this would never happen.
Anthony Blundetto “Tony” (Steve Buscemi)-Tony is the cousin of both Tony Soprano and Christopher Moltisanti. The two Tony’s’ grew up together, and used to play on Blundetto’s father’s farm along with Moltisanti, who they would bully regularly. Tony was formerly married to Nancy Blundetto, the mother of his daughter, Kelly (never seen), and his twin sons’, Jason and Justin (Kevin and Dennis Aloia). They were divorced sometime during his incarceration for the armed hijacking of a truck. After spending nearly seventeen years in prison, he is finally released and decides to remain on the straight and narrow and not return to his previous life of crime. Despite trying to do this, it doesn’t work out and Tony once again resumes his old life of breaking the law, this time by working for his cousin Tony Soprano.
Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt)-Silvio is what’s known as the Consigliere (or the counselor to the Boss).
He is more of a low profile, behind the scenes kind of guy, and manages to keep the image of a legitimate business man to the rest of the world. He is both the owner and manager of the “Bada Bing” strip club, the venue where many of the meetings of the family take place, it doubles as a brothel as well. Silvio is one of the most loyal mobsters, especially to Tony, even when he disagrees with him. He is also one of the more composed of Tony’s associates, his violent temper usually only coming out during poker games and hits. He is a lover of Cadillac’s, and more often than not, the one who will quote mafia rules when a difficult choice needs resolving. And despite occasional indiscretions, he is very much in love with his wife, Gabriella (Maureen Van Zandt), as well as a wonderful father to Heather, their teenage daughter, whom he fondly calls “The Principessa”.
Peter Gualtieri “Paulie Walnuts” (Tony Sirico)-Paulie is one of Tony’s most reliable friends from his “inner circle”. He was always the kid who seemed to be in trouble, dropping out of school before even reaching the tenth grade, and ending up with repeated stints in youth correction facilities. He spent a few brief years in the Army Signal Corps, but was later discharged due to psychiatric issues. At seventeen he was a bodyguard for “Johnny Boy” Soprano (Tony’s father), and after his military stretch he resumed his troubled past, this time spending longer spells in jail. Eventually he reached the position of capodecina, later being promoted even further. Silvio never marries and is extremely paranoid, often experiencing deja vu, as well as having a perpetual fear of death. He is also quite sadistic in nature and will go to great lengths to achieve his goals.
Salvatore Bonpensiero “Big Pussy” (Vincent Pastore)-Big Pussy (this nickname was given to him due to his former profession of being a cat “pussy” burglar) is one of Tony’s closest friends. He runs an auto body shop with his brother, “Duke Bonpensiero” (Philip Larocca), in addition to his role as a soldier in the Soprano crew, (first with Johnny Boy and then with Tony), is a good earner, and highly respected by all. After Tony’s fathers’ death, Big Pussy took over his role of dressing up as Santa Claus and handing out presents at Satriale’s Meat Market every Christmas. He is married to Angie (Toni Kalem), and they have three children, Matt (Steve Porcelli), Kevin (Giancarlo “John” Giunta) and Terri (never seen), all of whom he adores.
Pasquale Parisi “Patsy” (Dan Grimaldi)-Patsy is Tony’s cousin and the accountant for his crew. In addition to his accounting duties, he also obtains expensive Italian suits for friends and family, as well as serving on Tony’s crew as a soldier. There is not as much known about Patsy as there is most of the others. He did have a twin brother, “Philly Spoons” (also played by Dan Grimaldi), who was killed after Tony ordered a hit on him, once he figured out who was responsible he considered killing Tony, but later changed his mind, and eventually put it behind him. He is married to Donna (Anna Mancini), and they have two sons, Patrick (Daniel Sauli), and Jason (Michael Drayer). Patrick is decent and good and studying to become a lawyer, while Jason is involved in sports betting and is known to be incredibly violent and somewhat of a sociopath.
Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio)-Furio is a soldier in Tony’s crew, as well as his bodyguard and driver. Tony first meets him while in Naples, and he persuades Annalisa Zucca (Sofia Milos), (the Neapolitan Camorra mob boss), to allow him to come to New Jersey and work for him. Tony’s urge to have this man in his crew came from observing Furio beat a boy because he had played with fireworks and then proceed to mimic the sound of gun shots. He also noted that Furio was very loyal to his employer, had absolutely no inhibitions of any kind and a relentless anger that would serve Tony well.
Bobby Baccalieri “Bobby Bacala” (Steve Schirripa)-Bobby is Tony’s brother-in-law, and used to run Junior Soprano’s old crew, as well as report directly to Junior. He is a capodecina, and though uncommon among mobsters, he is very shy and has a big heart. Because of this, he actually managed to become a “made man” without ever committing a murder. He is married to Karen (Christine Pedi), whom he remains faithful to until her death from a car accident. They have two children, Bobby III (Angelo Massagli), and Sophia (Lexie Sperduto and Miryam Coppersmith). Bobby is usually referred to as Bobby, Jr. and has been the victim of bullying from Tony’s son, A.J. The older he gets the further away he seems to drift from his father. Sophia is an average teenager and plays soccer in high school. Bobby eventually gets married again to Tony’s older sister, Janice.
Richie Aprile, Sr. (David Proval)-Richie is a capodecina and the brother of the former acting boss of the DiMeo Family, Jackie Aprile, Sr. There is a constant strain between Richie and Tony due to the fact that Richie has only recently finished a ten year stint in prison. And when he returns to his old life, he finds out that Tony, who used to be under him, was now the one in charge, not to mention the fact that when he got out, he renewed a former relationship with Janice, Tony’s sister. Richie is almost without a doubt, the most brutal of all the gangsters, egotistical, surly, and only really concerned with his own well-being.
Ralph Cifaretto “Ralphie” (Joe Pantoliano)-Ralphie is a capodecina who grew up in New Jersey with fellow members Tony, Jackie Aprile, Sr. and Silvio Dante. He had to drop out of high school to raise his brothers and sisters after the death of his mother, which left him in no position to do what he really wanted which was become an architect. Instead he is sent to Miami, in order to keep an eye on the family’s investments, where he also becomes addicted to cocaine. Upon his return to New Jersey, he wants to take over the Aprile crew since Richie has disappeared, Tony however, does not like him particularly, and finds him both repulsive and disobedient. Because of this he goes over his head and appoints Gigi Cestone (John Fiore), capodecina. Later, Cestone has a heart attack and Tony grudingly gives Ralphie the position.
Eugene Pontecorvo (Robert Funaro)-Eugene is a “made man” on Tony’s crew, who runs both a sports betting agency and a low stakes poker game. He also has a “no work” position at the Esplanade construction site, and though his characters’ part starts out to be small, it gradually increases as the series’ goes on. Eugene is a relatively mellow kind of man, but tends to have outbursts of violence from time to time.
Vito Spatafore, Sr. (Joseph R. Gannascoli)-Vito is Richie Apriles’ nephew, and a cousin of both Jackie Aprile and Adriana La Cerva, and swiftly reaches the position of capodecina in the Aprile crew. He is a fervent sports fan and also attended the 1998 World Series. He is married to Marie (Elizabeth Bracco), and they have two children, Vito Jr. (Frank Borrelli and Brandan Hannan) and Francesca (Paulina Gerzon). Despite the fact that he does love Marie, he is actuality a closeted homosexual, which leads to many problems later on. Marie is a good wife and mother and loves her husband regardless of his sexual preference. Vito Jr., likes sports and is a seemingly normal kid until rumors of his father’s homosexuality surface and he starts spending more time alone, eventually leading him into the Goth subculture. Francesca is your average girl, but later ends up distanced from her brother in both miles and emotions.
Herman Rabkin “Hesh” (Jerry Adler)-Hesh is a friend to Tony Soprano, as well as an advisor, just as he was for Tony’s father, Johnny Boy. He is also a loan shark but can never become a “made man”, no matter what, due to the fact that he is Jewish and not Italian. Regardless of this, Tony still looks to him for advice on different matters. Hesh is basically a nice, friendly, intelligent guy, who is well educated (this is unusual) and has an extensive amount of information on the criminal activities of the Sopranos. He made his money in the recording industry back in the 50’s and 60’s, and is a sharp businessman. He has a son-in-law named Eli (), who works with him in the loan shark business and a passion for his stable of horses.
Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo)-Adriana is the girlfriend (later fiancée) of Christopher Moltisanti, as well as the niece of Richie and Jackie Aprile. She has the distinction of being regarded as what’s known as a “mobster’s dream girl”, because she grew up around Mafioso and the like her entire life, and therefore is not disgusted by that type of lifestyle. Adriana truly is in love with Christopher and not just for the material possessions that he is able to provide her. Unfortunately, despite their closeness of late, she has become a constant victim of his physical abuse, but somehow still manages to keep their best interests’ at heart. She is also very career oriented and hopes to someday have a business that is all her own.
Rosalie Aprile “Ro” (Sharon Angela)-Rosalie is the wife (later widow) of Jackie April, Sr. (Michael Rispoli), the first Acting Boss of the DiMeo family. She is friends with several of the wives’, but is particularly close to both Carmela Soprano and Gabriella Dante. Rosalie is known as much for her honest and forthright advice to friends and family, as she is her loving and supportive nature. She is the mother of Jackie Jr. (Jason Cerbone), and Kelli (Melissa Marsala). Jackie Sr. never wanted his son to be involved in the business, but eventually Jackie Jr. ends up there anyway and Kelli is only seen briefly in the series.
Angie Bonpensiero (Toni Kalem)-Angie is the wife of Big Pussy and the mother of their three children, Kevin, Matt and Terri. Kevin is a student at Villanova University, Matt is the youngest and also in college, and Terri, (who is never seen), attends Villanova University as well and is the only daughter of the couple. Angie loves her husband, and at one point actually considers both suicide and divorce as a solution to the marital problems that the two seem to be having.
Arthur “Artie” Bucco (John Ventimiglia)-Artie is a close and long-time childhood friend of Tony Soprano as well as a restaurateur (a person who opens and runs restaurants in a professional capacity). He is married to Charmaine (Kathrine Narducci), and has three children, Chiara, Melissa and Arthur (Art). He is the co-owner of “Nuovo Vesuvio” an Italian restaurant where he is also the head chef, (though at times he longs for the ability to be able to move and interact in Tony’s world). However, Tony and Artie do have their ups and downs. One of the worst being that Artie’s first restaurant, “Vesuvio”, inherited from his father, was burned down by Tony. Upon learning this information from Tony’s mother, Livia, Artie then savagely confronts his old friend in the Satriale’s parking lot with a hunting rifle. Tony finally convinces him that he was not the one responsible, and Artie drives away. The truth was that Tony did give the orders to torch the place, but was doing it out of concern for his old friends’ well-being because Tony’s Uncle Junior had decided to carry out a hit at Vesuvio. Tony, knowing what a hit would do to the business, asked his uncle to change the location of the hit, his uncle refused, so Tony gave the order to firebomb the restaurant and figured it would work out on two levels. One, no hit at Vesuvio and two, Artie could re-build with the insurance money, which he did.
Charmaine Bucco (Kathrine Narducci)-Charmaine is the wife of Artie Bucco, as well as a childhood friend of Carmela and Tony. In addition to marrying a close friend of Tony Soprano‘s, Charmaine dated him (Tony) as well when they were in high school together. The two also had a sexual relationship at that time which is occasionally hinted at throughout the series. She also works at the restaurant that she co-owns with her husband, he being the head chef while she runs the front. They have three children together and get along fairly well, except for Artie’s constant longing to be a part of a world that Charmaine wants no part of at all. She has even drifted apart from her friendship with Carmela and has tried to get her husband to do the same with Tony because of the mafia ties. She does appear to be one of the few moral mainstays on the show, and because she remains unwilling to change her basic decent nature, she is never corrupted by Tony or his dominating behavior.
John Sacrimoni “Johnny Sack” (Vince Curatola)-Johnny is the longstanding underboss of the “Lupertazzi” crime family of New York. (He later becomes the “boss” of the family after the current one dies.) He is married to Ginny (Denise Borino), whom he loves dearly, and is one of the very few Mafioso who is actually faithful. They have two daughters, Catherine (Cristin Milioti), and Allegra (Caitlin Van Zandt), both of whom he loves, but seems closer to Allegra. He is a friend of Tony Soprano and works hard to keep the peace between the crime families, His philosophy being that peace amongst the families would also mean good fortune for the families as well. Later, after achieving the position as boss, he discards some of his dislike for violence and is willing to do almost anything to keep his rank and power. He even goes so far as to form a friendship with “Paulie Walnuts”, one of Tony’s friends from his inner circle, as well as a great source of information about Soprano family dealings. After “Carmine Lupertazzi (Tony Lip)”, died, Johnny and his crew had to fight for control with Carmine’s son, “Little Carmine (Ray Abruzzo)”. This resulted in problems with the Soprano family, because of the involvement of one of their members, Tony Blundetto, upon members of Johnny’s crew on behalf of Little Carmine. Both sides endured heavy losses and were eventually brought to an end by Little Carmine giving up his control of the family. After the rivalry ended, Johnny and Tony come to a tentative agreement and slowly resume being friends.
Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent)-Phil is a capodecina in the Lupertazzi family, but later, due to extenuating circumstances, rises much higher to the position of Boss. He is married to Patty (Geraldine LiBrandi), and is Marie Spatafore’s second cousin. He has earned the nickname of “The Shah”, due to his resemblance to the last Shah of Iran, the “Ayatollah Khomeini”, a name he does not enjoy. He was one of the group of mobsters that went to jail during the “Mafia Crackdown of the 1980’s”, was released twenty years later and immediately rejoined the Lupertazzi family. When the war between the families started, Phil became Johnny Sack’s right-hand man, only becoming personally involved when his brother “Billy Leotardo (Chris Caldovino)”, was killed. When the war was over and Phil becomes Acting Boss, he appears to be continuing things the way that Johnny Sack wants them, but lets his old school thinking take over. He has a particular problem with men who have feminine qualities and soon turns on many friends he used to be close to. Vito especially as well as Johnny Sack who he observes crying at his daughters’ wedding.
Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr. “Little Carmine” (Ray Abruzzo)-Little Carmine is the son of former boss Carmine Lupertazzi, and is first seen when Tony Soprano goes to Miami to ask him advice on how to settle an argument between himself and Carmine’s father. When his father dies, Little Carmine goes to New York for the funeral and that is where the power struggle to be the Boss of the Lupertazzi family starts. He has a small claim since he is the deceased Boss’s son, but no one really thinks that he is capable of running the family, not even Tony who calls him “Brainless the Second”, behind his back. He later gives up after so much bloodshed between the two families during the war. Later however, after the death of Johnny Sack, Tony actually asks him to consider taking over, and Little Carmine says to him, “you never thought you’d mutter those words”. He then tells him about a dream he had about his father, and that he believes his father wanted him to have a full life. Also, he comes close to having a panic attack one day, and his wife says that she doesn’t want him to leave her a rich widow, and wants him to live a long, healthy life. And he agreed.
This is a series that keeps your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing. You are always on the edge of your seat with the anticipation of wondering what is going to happen next. It is a show filled with action, violence and power struggles, as well as the occasional moments from time to time of emotional vulnerability and sadness. It is interesting, well written, and full of plot twists and turns and well worth the time it takes to get to know the vast amount of characters involved. I give this show 9 out of 10.
Tony Soprano-James Gandolfini
Carmela Soprano-Edie Falco
Dr. Jennifer Melfi-Lorraine Bracco
Christopher Moltisanti-Michael Imperioli
Junior Soprano-Dominic Chianese
Silvio Dante-Steven Van Zandt
Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri-Tony Sirico
A.J. Soprano-Roblert Iler
Meadow Soprano-Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Recurring Cast Years
Janice Soprano-Aida Turturro 2000-2007
Adriana La Cerva-Drea de Matteo 1999-2006
Bobby Baccalien-Steve Schirripa 2000-2997
Patsy Parisi-Dan Grimaldi 2000-2007
Vito Spatifore-Joseph R. Gannascoli 1999-2006
Artie Bucco-John Ventimiglia 1999-2007
Rosalie Aprile-Sharon Angela 1999-2007
Johnny Sack-Vincent Curatola 1999-2007
Phil Leotardo-Frank Vincent 2004-2007
Big Pussy Bonpensiero-Vincent Pastore 1999-2007
Furio Giunta-Federico Castelluccio 2000-2002
Hesh-Jerry Adler 1999-2007
Carlo Gervasi-Arthur J. Nascarella 2002-2007
Benny Fazio-Max Casella 2001-2007
Gabriella Dante-Maureen Van Zandt 2000-2007
Livia Soprano-Nancy Marchand 1999-2000
Eugene Pontecorvo-Robert Funaro 2001-2006
Little Paulie Germani-Carl Capotorto 2001-2007
Agent Dwight Harris-Matt Servitto 1999-2007
Hugh DeAngelis-Tom Aldredge 2000-2007
Ralph Cifaretto-Joe Pantoliano 2001-2004
Charmaine Bucco-Kathrine Narducci 1999-2007
Mary DeAngelis-Suzanne Shepherd 2000-2007
Bobby Baccalien Jr.-Angelo Massagli 2000-2007
Ginny Sacrimoni-Denise Borino-Quinn 2001-2007
Carmine Lupertazzi Jr.-Ray Abruzzo 2002-2007
Raymond Curto-George Loros 1999-2006
Larry Boy Barese-Tony Darrow 1999-2007
Tony Blundetto-Steve Buscemi 2004-2006
Dr. Elliot Kupferberg-Peter Bogdanovich 2000-2007
Finn Detrolio-Will Janowitz 2002-2006
Peter LaRosa-Jeffrey M. Marchetti 2002-2007
Attorney Melvoin-Richard Portnow 1999-2004
Irina Peltsin-Oksana Lada 1999-2002
Father Phil-Paul Schulze 1999-2006
Gigi Cestone-John Fiore 2000-2004
Georgie-Frank Santorelli 1999-2007
Albie Cianflone-John Ciarcia 2006-2007
Sophia Baccalien-Miryam Coppersmith 2004-2007
Jackie Aprile Jr.-Jason Cerbone 2000-2001
Agent Frank Grasso-Frank Pando 1999-2007
Richie Aprile-David Proval 2000-2004
Angie Bonpensiero-Toni Kalem 2000-2006
Bureau Chief Cubitoso-Frank Pelligrino 1999-2004
Carmine Lupertazzi-Tony Lip 2001-2007
Dante Greco-Anthony J. Ribustello 2004-2007
Beppy Scerbo-Joe Pucillo 1999-2007
Mikey Palmice-Al Sapienza 1999-2004
Agent Robyn Sanseverino-Karen Young 2002-2006
Albert Barese-Richard Maldone 2000-2004
Gerry Torciano-John Bianco 2006-2007
Barbara Giglione-Danielle Di Vecchio 2004-2007
Tom Giglione-Ed Vassallo 2000-2007
Skip Lipari-Louis Lombardi 2000-2001
Butch DeConcini-Greg Antonacci 2006-2007
James ‘Murmur’ Zancone-Lenny Venito 2006-2007
News Anchor-Annika Pergament 1999-2002
Joanne Moltisanti-Marianne Leone 2002-2007
Billy Leotardo-Chris Caldovino 2004-2007
Prosecutor-Dan Castleman 2002-2007
Tony’s Friend-Peter Austin Noto 1999-2002
Jimmy Altieri-Joseph Badalucco Jr. 1999-2001
Brian Cammarata-Matthew Del Negro 2002-2007
Neil Mink-David Margulies 2000-2007
Marie Spatafore-Elizabeth Bracco 2006-2007
Nucci Gualtieri-Frances Ensemplare 2001-2007
Jason Molinaro-William DeMeo 2004-2007
Lilliana-Katalin Pota 1999-2001
Rusty Millio-Frankie Valli 2004-2006
Angelo Garepe-Joe Santos 2004
Kelli Moltisanti-Cara Buono 2006-2007
Valentina La Paz-Leslie Bega 2002-2004
Agent Deborah Ciccerone-Lola Glaudini 2001-2004
Svetlana Kirilenko-Alla Kliouka Schaffer 2000-2002
Joe Peeps-Joe Maruzzo 2002-2004
Patty Leotardo-Geraldine LiBrandi 2006-2007
Burt Gervasi-Artie Pasquale 2004-2007
Gloria-Annabella Sciorra 2001-2004
Anthony Maffei-John Cenatiempo 2000-2007
Matt Bevilaqua-Lillo Brancato 2000
Assemblyman Zellman-Peter Riegert 2001-2002
Hunter Scangarelo-Michele DeCesare 1999-2007
Agent Ron Goddard-Michael Kelly 2006-2007
Ahmed-Taleb Adlah 2006-2007
Muhammed-Donnie Keshawarz 2006-2007
Judge Whitney Runions-Randy N. Barbee 2002-2006
Eddie Pietro-Nick Annunziata 2004-2006
Det. Vin Makazian-John Heard 1999-2004
Beansie Gaeta-Paul Herman 2000-2007
Blanca Selgado-Dania Ramirez 2006-2007
Aunt Quintina Blundetto-Rae Allen 2004
Johnny Boy Soprano-Joseph Siravo 1999-2007
Walden Belfiore-Frank John Hughes 2007
Jason Gervasi-Joseph Perrino 2007
Liz La Cerva-Patty McCormack 2000-2006
Perry Annunziata-Louis Gross 2006
Vito Spatafore Jr.-Frank Borrelli 2006
Francesca Spatafore-Paulina Gerzon 2006-2007
Danny Scalercio-Bruce MacVittie 2002
Barbara Giglione-Nicole Burdette 2000-2001
Dr. Freid-Lewis J. Stadlen 2000-2007
Jean Cusamano-Saundra Santiago 1999-2007
Nicole Lupertazzi-Allison Dunbar 2004-2007
Donny K.-Raymond Franza 2000-2002
Dr. Bruce Cusamano-Robert LuPone 1999-2007
Court Clerk-Julie Ross 2002
Domenica Baccalien-Avery & Emily Pulcher 2007
Domenica Baccalien-Kimberly & Brianna Laughlin 2006
Wiseguy-Greg D’Agostino 2001-2006
Bada Bing Customer-Sonny Vellozzi 2006-2007
Julianna Skiff-Julianna Margulies 2006-2007
Feech La Manna-Robert Loggia 2004
Sean Gismonte-Chris Tardio 2000
Dino Zerilli-Andy Davloi 2001
Caitlin Rucker-Ari Graynor 2001
Jackie Aprile-Michael Rispoli 1999-2001
Jim Witowski-John Costelloe 2006
Corky Caporale-Edoardo Ballerini 2006-2007
Jason La Penna-Will McCormack 1999-2001
Uncle Pat Blundetto-Frank Albanese 2004-2007
Aaron Arkaway-Turk Pipkin 2001-2006
Matt Testa-Cameron Boyd 2002-2006
Devin Pillsbury-Jessica Dunphy 2002-2004
Jason Parisi-Michael Drayer 2007
Rhiannon-Emily Wickersham 2006-2007
Terry Doria-Ron Castellano 2004-2007
Anthony Infante-Lou Martini Jr. 2006-2007
J.T. Dolan-Tim Daly 2004-2007
FBI Tech #1-Gary Evans 2001
Brian Spatafore-Vincent J. Orofino 2000-2007
Sophia Baccalien-Lexie Sperduto 2002
Hillel-Sig Libowitz 1999-2006
Frankie Cortese-Tony Siragusa 2004
Brendan Filone-Anthony DeSando 1999
Justin Blundetto-Dennis Aloia 2004
Jason Blundetto-Kevin Aloia 2004
Donna Parisi-Anna Mancini 2002-2007
JoJo Palmice-Michele Santopietro 1999-2002
Salvatore Vitro-Louis Mustillo 2004-2006
Hector Selgado-Kobi & Kadin George 2006-2007
Jimmy Petrille-Vinny Vella 1999-2004
Bada Bing Patron-Gaetano LoGiudice 2001-2002
Bada Bing Crew-Joe Mancini 2004-2007
AA Member-Paula Rittie 2006-2007
Robert Wegler-David Strathaim 2004
Richard La Penna-Richard Romanus 1999-2002
Dr. Lior Plepler-Ron Leibman 2006
Dick Barone-Joe Lisi 1999-2000
Dr. Douglas Schreck-Matthew Sussman 2000-2002
Chucky Signore-Sal Ruffino 1999
Jack Massarone-Robert Desiderio 2000-2004
Lorraine Calluzzo-Patti D’Arbanville 2004
Reverend James Jr.-Gregory Alan Williams 2000-2001
Lois Pettit-Manon Halliburton 2002
Young Junior Soprano-Rocco Sisto 1999-2007
Matush-Nick Tarabay 2001-2004
Elodi Colbert-Murielle Arden 2002
Hernan O’Brien-Vincent Piazza 2006-2007
Branca Libinsk-Elena Solovey 2002
Dr. Richard Vogel-Michael Countryman 2007
Noah Tannenbaum-Patrick Tully 2001
Janelle Cammarata-Heidi Dippold 2002-2007
Allegra Sacrimoni-Caitlin Van Zandt 2006-2007
Catherine Sacrimoni-Cristin Milioti 2006-2007
Dominic-Dominic Chianese Jr. 2007
Faustino ‘Doc’ Santoro-Daniel P. Conte 2007
Warren-Stink Fisher 2006-2007
Murf-Val Bisoglio 2002
Mrs. Conte-Sylvia Kauders 1999-2006
Miss Reykjavik-Tone Christensen 2002
Miss Giaculo-Candy Trabuco 1999-2002
Gia Gaeta-Donna Smythe 2000-2007
David Scatino-Robert Patrick 2000
Egon Kosma-Mark Karafin 2001
Beth Kaplan-Tracey Silver 2006-2007
2 to 5-Marie Donato 2001
Tom Amberson-Terence Winter 2000-2004
Cozzarelli- Ralph Lucarelli 2001-2004
Jason Evanina-Frank Fortunato 2004
Agent Ron Gosling-Matt Pepper 2006-2007
Teenage Tony Soprano-Danny Petrillo 2004
Annalisa-Sofia Milos 2000
Victor Musto-Joe Penny 2000
Bonnie DiCaprio-Johann Carlo 1999
Valery-Vitali Baganov 2001
Slava Malevsky-Frank Ciornei 2001
Daniel Baldwin as himself 2007
Ronnie Capozza-Marissa Matrone 2002
Eric-Phil Coccioletti 1999
Christine Scatino-Marisa Redanty 2000
Jonathan LaPaglia as himself 2007
Young Livia Soprano-Laila Robins 1999-2000
Sunshine-Paul Mazursky 2000-2001
Carlo Renzi-Louis Crugnali 2001
Alessandra-Aleksa Palladino 2002-2004
Sandrine-Elaine del Valle 1999
Gwen MacIntryre-Alison Bartlett 2004
Savatore ‘Coco’ Cogliano-Armen Garo 2007
Edgar Ramirez-Felix Solis 2000-2007
Betty Wolf-Susan Blommaert 2006
Patrick Whalen-Paul Dano 2002-2004
Tracee-Ariel Kiley 2001
Minn Matrone-Fran Anthony 2002
Karen Baccalien-Christine Pedi 2002
Al Lombardo-Dennis Paladino 2007
Patrick Parisi-Daniel Sauli 2007
Cookie Cirillo-Anna Berger 2002
Ramone-Adrian Martinez 2000
Rita Lombardo-Phyllis Kay 2007
Alan Ginsberg-Stewart J. Zully 2002-2004
Deanne Pontecervo-Suzanne Didonna 2006
Eric DeBenedetto-Adam Mucci 2006
Ron Pearse-Brad Zimmerman 2006
Tina-Vanessa Ferlito 2001-2004
Anthony-Steve Santosusso 1999-2002
Emil Kolar-Bruce Smolanoff 1999
Eddie-Daniel London 2002
Father Felix-Peter McRobbie 2000-2001
Igor Parnasky-Igor Zhivotovsky 2001
Caterina Cella-Anne Assante 2001-2006
Det. Felemon Francis-Marc Damon Johnson 2001-2004
Mike Waldrup-Will Arnett 2002
Janet Petit-Michelle Christian Corp 2004
Italo-Carlo Giuliano 2006-2007
John Stefano-Joey Perillo 2007
Fanny-Marcia Haufrecht 1999-2001
Justin Cifaretto-Dane Curley 2002
Coach Goodwin-David Mogentale 2001
Debbie-Kelly Madison Kole 2001
Principal Cincotta-Daniel Oreskes 2001
Dr. Harry Winer-Allen Enlow 2004
Bobby Coniglio-Vito Antuofermo 2000-2001
Dogsy-Kevin Interdonato 2002
Elliot-Daniel Ahearn 2006
Fat Dom Garniello-Tony Cucci 2006
Ray-Ray D’Abaldo-Rick Aiello 2007
Professor Kline-Lindsay Campbell 2007
Cesar-Charles Santy 1999-2004
Roy Del Guercio-Kevin Janicelli 2001
Val-Suzanne Hevner 2006-2007
Emmerich-Antony Hagopian 2006
Pat-Chris McGarry 2006
Manny Safier-Matthew Weiner 2004-2007
Lori-Nathalie Walker 2006-2007
Cary Di Bartolo-James Vincent Romano 2006
Inez Munoz-Rosa Nino 2002
Marty Schwartz-Jerry Grayson 2002
George Piocosta-Sal Petraccione 1999-2001
Ms. Mary Bisacci-Fran Gennuso 2004
Robbie Pontecorvo-Thomas Russo 2006
Victor Mineo-Matt Sauerhoff 2007
Robbie Pontecorvo-Thomas Russo 2006
Gianna Millio-Merel Julia 2006
Ally Pontecorvo-Grace Van Patten 2006
Jimmy La Manna-Anthony Desio 2004
Alyssa Giglione-Madison Connolly 2004-2007
Stephanie Giglione-Anthony Piccolo 2004
Morgan Yam-John Wu 2007
Joey Cogo-David Copeland 2002-2004
Liz DiLiberto-Lauren Toub 2002
Young Meadow-Morgan Snyder 2006
Fake Carmela-Wedny Hammers 2006
David Chase created The Sopranos series, and modeled many of the characters after other people. The family itself was partially inspired by the Boiardo and DeCavalcante crime families of New Jersey where Chase grew up. The series was actually named for high school friends of David Chase whose real last name is DeCesare.
Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack), is not only an actor but a singer as well. He has been onstage with the popular “Chicago” band on a number of occasions.
Sadly, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013, in Rome, Italy, while on vacation.
Tony Sirico’s brother in real-life, Robert, is a Catholic priest.
Quite a few members of the cast had worked together previously on television series’ and different films, before joining The Sopranos. There were 27 actors who were on both the series’ as well as the popular gangster film, “Goodfellas”.
At the age of 25, Lorraine Bracco moved to France, became a fashion model and stumbled into a film career.
Joseph Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore), opened his own restaurant called, “Soup As Art Restaurant” in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), has been married to his wife, Victoria Chlebowski since 1995 and they have two children. Both he and his wife are students of “Tibetan Buddhist Iama Namkha Rinpoche”.
Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano), is only the second actor to have won Emmy awards in both a Comedy and a Drama series as a lead actor. The first actor to accomplish this is Carroll O’Connor.
Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy), was on the reality TV show, “Celebrity Fit Club”, in 2006, and lost a total of 29 pounds. In 2007, he was also supposed to be on the fourth season of “Dancing with the Stars”, but quit after one week because he found it to be too physically demanding.
Originally, the part of Carmela Soprano was offered to Lorraine Braco, but she turned it down and took the role of the psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi instead. She wanted to do something different and had already played the wife of a mobster in the movie, “Goodfellas”.
Drea de Matteo had a long relationship with Waylon Jennings son, Shooter, They have two children together, a daughter named Alabama Gypsy Rose, and a son Waylon Albert Blackjack Jennings.
In the early 1980’s, Steve Buscemi (Tony Blundetto), was a New York City Firefighter for four years in Manhattan’s “Little Italy”. Years later, after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he returned to his former Co., Engine 55, and worked for several days in 12-hour shifts to help sift through the remains of the World Trade Center.
Joseph Gannascoli has his own line of pasta sauces called, “Sauce Boss”. He has designed and created a 5 gallon water cover cooler, created a pistol ashtray for cigars, as well as having his own cigar line named, “Cugine”.
Robert Iler (A.J. Soprano), was arrested for armed robbery in 2001. He plead guilty and received three year’s probation.
Both of James Gandolfini’s parents grew up in Italy, and despite later living in the United States, still spoke it when at home. Because of this, his parents influence and other factors, Gandolfini regularly visited Italy.
Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri), has co-authored several books with writer, Charles Fleming.
The part of Silvio Dante was played by Steven Van Zandt, who had never acted before and was a member of “Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band”. Chase had him audition for the role of Tony Soprano, but he accepted the lesser role of Silvio (written expressly for him by David Chase), because he thought that role should go to an actor with more experience.
Max Casella (Benny Fazio), has had a long career in film and voice work, and also starred on the series “Doogie Howser” as Vincent Delpino.
Arthur Nascarella (Carlo Gervasi), served on the New York City Police Department for 20 years before he became an actor. He was also in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years.
Jerry Adler (Hesh Rabkin), is not only an actor but a theatre director as well.
The part of Silvio Dante’s wife Gabriella, was played by Maureen Van Zandt. She was the real life wife of Steven Van Zandt, who played the character of Silvio.
Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta), was born in Naples, Italy, and his family moved to the United States when he was 4 years old.
There were two soundtrack albums released from the series. The first was, “The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series”, and the second, “The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series”. The first album rose to #54 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and the second to #38.
John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), and the “David Amram” quartet gave to C. Wright Mills (sociologist), and author Jack Kerouac, an oral and musical tribute.
James Gandolfini was listed as the “42nd Greatest TV Icon of All Time”, by Entertainment Weekly.
Lorrain Bracco and Harvey Keitel were partners for 12 years, which resulted in one child, a daughter named Stella. After the relationship ended, they engaged in a custody battle that lasted for six years. In the end, Bracco was given full custody, and Keitel received visitation rights.
Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo), originally intended to be a musician, not an actor, as he is a talented player of the trumpet, piano and drums.
With the exception of the back room, all the shots of the Bada Bing strip club were taken on location at the “Satin Dolls” strip club in Lodi, New Jersey. The Satin Dolls club continued to run during all the years the series was filmed there.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano), was paralyzed from Lyme disease for several days in 2000, while shooting ” Campfire Stories” in Hamburg, New Jersey.
Edie Falco has starred as a regular in three popular series’, “Oz”, “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie”.
On TV Guide’s list of “Top 50 TV Shows of All Time”, The Sopranos were #5, which is an amazing feat considering that the show was aired on the HBO channel and not a regular network one. It garnered ratings equal to or better than most of the network shows that were so watched and well-known at the time. Additionally, it made #2 on TV Guide’s List of “Top 50 Dramas of All Time” and was proclaimed to be the best-written television series of all time by the “Writer’s Guild of America”.
Sharon Angela (Rosalie Aprile), co-wrote the movie, “The Collection”, and also was in the video game, “Grand Theft Auto IV”, as the character “Angie Pegorino”.
The series was nominated for numerous awards, but has the distinction of winning the “George Foster Peabody Award”, two years in a row. The only other series’ to do this were “Northern Exposure” and “The West Wing”. David Chase who created The Soprano’s series’, also produced episodes on Northern Exposure.
In June 2010, Joseph Gannascoli was arrested on a DUI charge in Tampa, Florida. His blood alcohol level was .111.
Dan Grimaldi (Patsy Parisi), is the holder of several degrees, a bachelor’s in mathematics, a master’s degree in operations research, and a Ph.D. in data processing. He also teaches at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael Imperioli is the lead singer/guitarist of “La Dolce Vita”, a rock band.
One of the real-life crime families on whom this show is supposedly based, the DeCavalcantes, were secretly taped by federal investigators in 1999 comparing themselves to the Soprano/DiMeo family. One of the mobsters actually says on tape, “Is this supposed to be us?” His friend, a capodecina says, “You are in there. They mentioned you in there”.
Years ago, Steven Van Zandt was a victim of a car accident in which he hit the windshield of the car, resulting in a permanent loss of hair. Due to this mishap, he always has something covering his head, usually a bandana when on stage, and a pompadour toupee when playing Silvio on the Sopranos.
Actress Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano), is related to well-known actors, John and Nicholas Turturro.
Lorrain Bracco owns the company, “Bracco Wines”.
In addition to his acting, James Gandolfini is also known for his producing. Especially his documentaries’ on things such as posttraumatic stress disorder and injured Iraq War Veterans.
Edie Falco is a breast cancer survivor.
Joe Pantoliano has suffered from clinical depression for ten years, but was only recently diagnosed. He also has dyslexia.
Tony Sirico, who played Paulie Walnuts, agreed to play the part only if his character was not an informant.
The reasoning for this is speculated at being because Sirico served time in jail for robbery, and that his rap sheet had a total of 28 arrests. Also, he was a mobster when he was younger before becoming an actor.
To play the character of Adriana La Cerva, Drea de Matteo had to put in a total of four hours each day to achieve her look of being a mobster’s girlfriend. Part of this was due to her hair, which took two hours, and up to an hour and a half on her body if certain parts were going to be exposed, because of her many tattoos.
In addition to being an actor, Federico Castelluccio is also an internationally renowned painter. He travels to Europe constantly just for the purpose of drawing and painting. His paintings have been displayed in many famous galleries in both Europe and America, and are also part of many collections of both a public and private nature.
Frank Vincent wrote his first book in 2006 called, “A Guy’s Guide to Being a Man’s Man”. He also has his own line of hand-rolled cigars.
Not only was family important to the concept of the show, but it was also important when it came to casting as well. David Chase cast his daughter, Michele DeCesare as Hunter (a friend of Meadow), Steven and Maureen Van Zandt as the Dantes’, and Elizabeth Bracco (Lorraine Bracco’s sister) as Marie Spatafore. Dominic Chianese’s (Uncle Junior) son, Dominic Chianese, Jr. played a soldier in the Lupertazzi family, Steve Buscemi’s (Tony Blundetto) brother, Michael Buscemi played Lewis Pantowski, and finally, Soprano’s director Timothy Van Patten’s sister, Joyce Van Patten, played Dr. Sandy Shaw.
Just one day shy of her 72nd birthday, Nancy Marchand (Livia Soprano), died of lung cancer and emphysema. Sadly, not only did she pass away, but only a year before her husband, Paul Sparer, had died from cancer as well. The two were married for forty-eight years.
Lorraine Bracco (Jennifer Melfi), is fluent in three languages, French, Italian and English.
Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior), has had a long film and television career, but has also been involved in charitable works as well. In the early 1970’s he was a recreational worker at a rehabilitation center for the Drug Commission of New York State. In 2010, he received the “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, for his charitable works.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has dated several well-known men, Jerry Ferrara, Mark Sanchez and Cutter Dykstra. Cutter is the son of famous MLB player, Lenny Dykstra, and the two recently became engaged, as well as had a son together, Beau Kyle Dykstra.
Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Ciffaretto), is married to a former model, Nancy Sheppard, and they have four children.
Actually growing up in New Jersey, James Gandolfini, stayed connected once he became a star. Every year he attended the “Octoberwoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research” banquet, and frequently brought some of his Soprano co-stars along as well in order to attract bigger crowds.
Edie Falco is a recovering alcoholic and is a supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program.
While shooting the film, “Domestic Disturbance in Wilmington, North Carolina”, Buscemi was badly injured after he broke up a bar fight between two of his friends, actor Vince Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, and a local man. The local man is said to have started it, and Buscemi received bad scarring to his face, as well as a slashing.
The Soprano’s was the first cable-television series ever to win the Emmy award for “Outstanding Drama Series”.