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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 22 November 1950Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameSteven Lento
Nickname Little Steven or Miami Steve
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Steven Van Zandt was born on November 22, 1950 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Lento. He is known for his work on The Sopranos (1999), Lilyhammer (2012) and The Expendables 3 (2014). He has been married to Maureen Van Zandt since December 31, 1982.

Spouse (1)

Maureen Van Zandt (31 December 1982 - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Known for wearing a bandana on his head

Trivia (13)

Told "People" magazine that he had no desire to act in any other roles in spite of rave reviews for his portrayal in The Sopranos (1999).
Brother-in-law of Adrienne Barbeau.
Older brother of Billy Van Zandt.
Is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.
Introduced as the Minister of Faith and Friendship, keeper of all that is righteous in the E-Street Band and star of The Sopranos (1999) television show, "Little" Steven Van Zandt on the "Live in New York" album with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Long-time friend of Bruce Springsteen, playing with Springsteen's early bands (Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band), but didn't join the E-Street Band until the "Born to Run" tour in 1975.
Host of "Little Steven's Underground Garage" a late night radio program on Sunday nights 10pm-Midnight (2002-
Real-life wife Maureen Van Zandt plays the wife of his character, Silvio Dante, on The Sopranos (1999).
He and wife Maureen Van Zandt were married by (Reverend) Little Richard, with a wedding reception band consisting of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Milton and the wedding band from The Godfather (1972).
Adopted his professional name "Van Zandt" from his stepfather.
At his wedding to Maureen, not only was the classic marital song "When a Man Loves a Woman" performed, it was sung live by Percy Sledge who had a hit with the record in 1966.
Reprised his Sopranos character, Silvio Dante in a commercial for World of Warcraft. Citing his famous quote from The Godfather "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!".
He and the E Street Band (including Gary Tallent, Vini Lopez, David Sancious, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa, Ernest "Boom" Carter, the late Clarence Clemons, and the late Danny Federici) were inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services and contributions to music.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on being in the cast of The Sopranos (1999) and a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band] "I am having the experience two times in my life of doing something that makes New Jersey fashionable. What are the odds on that?"
[on auditioning for 'The Sopranos'] So David [Chase] goes, 'Sorry - any other part you want, you can have it'. I said, 'You know what, now that I think about it, I feel kind of bad taking another actor's part here. I'm a guitar player. These guys, they go to school, they go Off Broadway, they work for 5, 10 years honing their craft and being waiters and whatever'. He says, 'All right. I tell you what. I'll write you a part so you're not taking anybody's job'. I said, 'Well, I have a couple of treatments. I've written one about an independent hit-man that had retired. Silvio Dante.'
We lost Vinny Pastore [playing Sal 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero] and that was the most difficult day up to that point. The only day on the set I can remember, you know, out of the whole ten years, where it was very uptight, a lot of tension on the set. I remember people yelling at each other and really pissed off, which you never saw. Why? Because we were losing Vinny. He was a beloved friend of ours, and you're not going to see him anymore.
[on the closing episode of the 'Sopranos'] I had to go on one of those nationally syndicated shows the next morning, so I heard from the whole country how upset they were. So I just started asking people, Okay, what's your ending? Does the family get wiped out? Is that what you want? You want the kid to get killed? Tony to get killed? The wife? Okay, so what? And nobody could really say. I said, 'I'll tell you exactly what happened. The director said cut, the actors went home. That's what happened.' It's a TV show. It's a fucking TV show, okay?

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