the 50 best characters in the sopranos (not in any order)

by nickb930 | created - 12 Apr 2013 | updated - 12 Apr 2013 | Public

1. James Gandolfini

Actor | The Sopranos

James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival ...

tony soprano

2. Frank Vincent

Actor | Goodfellas

"Go home and get your shine box....", so said ill-fated Billy Batts in Goodfellas (1990). However, Billy Batts is better known to a legion of crime-film fans as the talented actor, musician, and comedian Frank Vincent. Multi-talented Vincent was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, but was raised in...

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3. Michael Imperioli

Actor | The Sopranos

Imperioli was born James Michael Imperioli in Mt. Vernon, New York on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic ...

christopher moltisanti

4. Tony Sirico

Actor | The Sopranos

Tony Sirico was born on July 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Genaro Anthony Sirico Jr. He is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Goodfellas (1990) and Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

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5. Joe Pantoliano

Actor | Memento

With more than 100 film, television and stage credits to his name, Joseph Peter Pantoliano is a prolific American character actor who has played many diverse and memorable roles, from Guido in Risky Business (1983) to Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988), Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993), Cypher...

ralph cifaretto

6. Dominic Chianese

Actor | The Sopranos

A multi-talented performer--as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a new music CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards.

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7. Vincent Curatola

Actor | The Sopranos

Vincent Curatola was born on August 16, 1953 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Killing Them Softly (2012) and Person of Interest (2011).

johnny "sack" sacramoni

8. Vincent Pastore

Actor | The Sopranos

Vincent Pastore was born on July 14, 1946 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Revolver (2005) and Shark Tale (2004).

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9. Steve Buscemi

Actor | Fargo

Steve Buscemi was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Dorothy (Wilson), a restaurant hostess, and John Buscemi, a sanitation worker. He is of Italian (father) and English, Dutch, and Irish (mother) descent. He became interested in acting during his last year of high school. After graduating, he moved to...

tony blundetto

10. David Proval

Actor | Mean Streets

David Proval launched his acting career with a starring role in Mean Streets (1973), directed by Martin Scorsese, and has been working nonstop ever since. Notable features in which he has appeared include The Phantom (1996), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) Four Rooms (1995) and The Shawshank Redemption...

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11. Federico Castelluccio

Actor | Checkmate, Keep Your Enemies Closer

Federico Castelluccio is a driven and talented individual maintaining two careers as a professional artist and established actor. As an actor, Federico is best known for his role as Furio Giunta--imported hit man and object of Carmella Soprano's affections--on the HBO TV series The Sopranos (1999).

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12. Jerry Adler

Actor | Manhattan Murder Mystery

Jerry Adler was born on February 4, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Jerome Elliott Adler. He is known for his work on Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), In Her Shoes (2005) and Prime (2005). He has been married to Joan Laxman since July 3, 1994. He was previously married to Dolores ...

herman "hesh" rabkin

13. Steve Schirripa

Actor | The Sopranos

Steve Schirripa was born on August 1, 1958 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Must Love Dogs (2005). He has been married to Laura Lemos since April 22, 1989. They have one child.

bobby "bacala" baccalieri

14. Steven Van Zandt

Actor | The Sopranos

Steven Van Zandt was born on November 22, 1950 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Lento. He is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Lilyhammer (2012) and Nine Months (1995). He has been married to Maureen Van Zandt since December 31, 1982.

silvio dante

15. John Ventimiglia

Actor | The Sopranos

John Ventimiglia was born on July 17, 1963 in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Flypaper (2011) and Notorious (2009).

artie bucco

16. Tony Darrow

Actor | Goodfellas

Tony Darrow was born on October 1, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Anthony Borgese. He is an actor, known for Goodfellas (1990), Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Deconstructing Harry (1997). He has been married to Mary Ann Augeri since May 7, 2015. He was previously married to Christine.

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17. Tony Lip

Actor | Goodfellas

Tony Lip (born Frank Anthony Vallelonga) originates from the Bronx, New York. He worked for twelve years at the world-famous Copacabana Nightclub in New York City. At the Copa, he played host to the most famous personalities of the era, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin. Lip ...

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18. Annabella Sciorra

Actress | The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

Annabella Sciorra was born on March 29, 1960 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA as Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra. She is an actress and producer, known for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and Jungle Fever (1991). She was previously married to Joe Petruzzi.

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19. Lorraine Bracco

Actress | Goodfellas

Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ...

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20. Edie Falco

Actress | The Sopranos

Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, English, and Cornish (mother) descent. Edie grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in ...

carmela soprano

21. Aida Turturro

Actress | The Sopranos

Aida Turturro was born on September 25, 1962 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for The Sopranos (1999), Deep Blue Sea (1999) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999).

janice soprano

22. Drea de Matteo

Actress | The Sopranos

Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. She is the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher at HB Studio in New York, and Albert A. De Matteo,...

adrianna la cerva

23. Max Casella

Actor | Jackie

Max Casella was born on June 6, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Max Deitch. He is an actor, known for Jackie (2016), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Blue Jasmine (2013). He has been married to Leona Casella since 2002. They have two children.

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24. Matt Servitto

Actor | The Sopranos

Matt Servitto was born on April 7, 1965 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Matthew Joseph Servitto. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Banshee (2013) and Brotherhood (2006). He has been married to Anne Lauterbach since September 15, 2001. He was previously married to Charissa ...

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25. Nancy Marchand

Actress | The Sopranos

Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York ...

livia soprano

26. Ray Abruzzo

Actor | The Sopranos

Ray Abruzzo was born on August 12, 1954 in Queens, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Transparent (2014) and Dynasty (1981).

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27. Robert Iler

Actor | The Sopranos

Robert Iler was born on March 2, 1985, in New York, New York, USA. He started his show business career at the age of six, when he was discovered by his manager, Jeff Mitchell of J. Mitchell Management, walking down the street in Manhattan with his dad. He immediately was hired to appear in a ...

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28. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Actress | The Sopranos

Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been acting and singing since the age of 7. She got her start in New York regional theater, and has since starred in over two dozen theatrical productions including "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "The Wiz," and "Gypsy." In the summer of 2001, she starred in...

meadow soprano

29. Joseph R. Gannascoli

Actor | The Sopranos

Joseph R. Gannascoli was born on February 15, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007) and HBO: The Making of 'The Sopranos: Road to Respect' (2006).

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30. Arthur J. Nascarella

Actor | Happiness

Arthur J. Nascarella's appearance in films is often as a mobster or police officer, but he has also portrayed fathers, a priest, and other good men. His notable film credits include a corrupt cop in Cop Land (1997), the hypocritical ambulance Captain Barney in Martin Scorsese's film Bringing Out ...

carlo gervasi

31. Tom Aldredge

Actor | Intolerable Cruelty

Tom Aldredge was born on February 28, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio. First appearing off-Broadway in 1957 in "Electra" and on Broadway in 1959 in "The Nervous Set," Aldredge has appeared in over 30 Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Others include "On Golden Pond," "The Litte Foxes" (opposite Elizabeth...

hugh deangelis

32. Tim Daly

Actor | Basic

Tim Daly was born on March 1, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA as James Timothy Daly. He is an actor and producer, known for Basic (2003), Wings (1990) and The Fugitive (2000). He was previously married to Amy Van Nostrand.

j.t. dolan

33. Michael Rispoli

Actor | The Rum Diary

Michael Rispoli was born on November 27, 1960 in Tappan, New York, USA as Michael Vincent Rispoli. He is an actor and writer, known for The Rum Diary (2011), Kick-Ass (2010) and While You Were Sleeping (1995). He is married to Madeline L Crawford. They have three children.

jackie aprile

34. Robert Loggia

Actor | Independence Day

Born and raised in New York City, Robert Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue acting. He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as authoritative figures. Loggia also ...

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35. Sofia Milos

Actress | CSI: Miami

Sofia Milos has over 237hrs of television on the air, as well as on film. starred opposite David Caruso on the international hit show CSI: Miami as, Yelina Salas,sister-in-law and impossible love of Horatio Caine, from season 1 to season 8 (2003-2010).

Starred as Homeland Security Agent Bianca La ...

annalisa

36. Joseph Siravo

Actor | American Crime Story

Joseph Siravo is an actor and producer, known for American Crime Story (2016), The Sopranos (1999) and Carlito's Way (1993).

johnny boy soprano

37. John Heard

Actor | Home Alone

John Heard was a very talented actor who established himself as a respected thespian in the late 1970s and early '80s, though he is perhaps better known for his turns as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin')s father in the Home Alone (1990) movies.

John was born in Washington, D.C., to Helen (...

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38. Lillo Brancato

Actor | Crimson Tide

Lillo Brancato was born on March 30, 1976 in Bogotá, Colombia as Lillo Brancato Jr. He is an actor and producer, known for Crimson Tide (1995), A Bronx Tale (1993) and Renaissance Man (1994).

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39. Lenny Venito

Actor | Gigli

Lenny Venito is an actor, known for Gigli (2003), How Do You Know (2010) and War of the Worlds (2005).

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40. Jason Cerbone

Actor | The Taking of Pelham 123

Jason was born on November 2, 1977 in New York. He got his start when he was 2 years old by appearing on a commercial for Sesame Street (1969). He signed with the Ford Modeling Agency in New York City when he was seven years old. Jason appeared in Jon Bon Jovi's "Silent Night" video and also in ...

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41. Paul Schulze

Actor | Rambo

Paul Schulze was born on June 12, 1962 in the USA. He is an actor, known for Rambo (2008), 24 (2001) and Panic Room (2002).

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42. Sharon Angela

Actress | The Sopranos

Sharon Angela is an actress and director, known for The Sopranos (1999), Empire State (2013) and Cabaret Maxime (2018).

rosalie aprile

43. Dan Grimaldi

Actor | The Sopranos

Dan Grimaldi is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Don't Go in the House (1979) and The Junkman (1982).

patsi parisi

44. Robert Funaro

Actor | The Sinner

Robert Funaro was born on January 23, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Sinner (2017), Vinyl (2016) and The Sopranos (1999).

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45. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

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46. Oksana Lada

Actress | Safe

Oksana Lada was born in Ivano Frankivsk, the Western region of Ukraine, where she studied to be an economist before emigrating to the U.S. when she was 20. A rare beauty, with stunning, strongly Slavic features, Lada did some modeling after arriving in the U.S. Eventually she segued into acting, ...

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47. John Fiore

Actor | Johnny Slade's Greatest Hits

John Fiore is an actor and producer, known for Meet the Mobsters (2005), Person of Interest (2011) and 13 (2010).

gigi cestone

48. Al Sapienza

Actor | House of Cards

Al Sapienza was born in New York City. Started studying music at the age of eight. Got hit with the acting bug when he was twelve. Five months after graduating NYU he landed a role in the Broadway musical "Beatlemania". Stayed in that show for five years and headed out to Los Angeles. He studied ...

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49. Greg Antonacci

Producer | Brothers

Greg Antonacci was born on February 2, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Gregory Gerald Antonacci. He was a producer and writer, known for Brothers (1984), Boardwalk Empire (2010) and The Sopranos (1999). He was married to Lynda Costanzo and Annie Potts. He died on September 20, 2017 in ...

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50. Lola Glaudini

Actress | Criminal Minds

Lola Glaudini was born on November 24, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Lola Luna Glaudini. She is an actress and producer, known for Criminal Minds (2005), Invincible (2006) and Blow (2001). She is married to Stuart England. They have two children.

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