The Sopranos is one of the most influential and popular series to ever air. The series revolved around a gangster, Tony Soprano, who attempts to balance his family and mob life while suffering from severe panic attacks. He begins to see a psychiatrist in order to deal with his anxiety and stress. The series was universally praised for its outstanding cast, tremendous writing and phenomenal directing. David Chase created The Sopranos and it aired on HBO. The series aired from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007, and ran for six seasons. The series was a tremendous success and helped bring a cinematic feel to television. It became a cultural phenomenon and won several awards at the Primetime Emmys, including, Outstanding Drama Series. It was known for its graphic violence, intense sexuality and course language. The series was also known for its famous soundtrack, including the opening theme “Woke Up This Morning” by the Alabama 3. It’s also remembered for its controversial and highly debated ending. In the final moments of the series, Tony sits at a table with his wife and son waiting for his daughter in a restaurant. As his daughter entered, it suddenly cut to black. At the time many fans were confused and felt frustrated. That is perfectly understandable; it’s like if this article in mid-sentence-Cut To Black.
The Sopranos has now been off the air for several years. Its impact is lasting and not forgotten. The series helped turn its cast into major Hollywood stars. The cast was praised for their performances and hailed as one of the best casts on TV. Many cast members won Emmy awards for their outstanding work. With the years gone by, the cast has all moved on in their careers. Some continue to star in hit series, some have gone into other forms of entertainment and others are no longer with us. Here is a look at 22 Cast Members of The Sopranos: Where are they now?
22 Tony Blundetto – Steve Buscemi
Tony Blundetto was Tony Soprano’s cousin. Tony never had a brother and Tony B. was the closest he had to that. However, when they were younger Tony suffered a panic attack and was unable to join Tony B. on a hijacking. Tony B. ended up getting busted and served nearly 17 years in prison. When he’s released he wants to get clean and work as a massage therapist. Of course Tony B. gets drawn back into a life of crime and eventually Tony Soprano is forced to take out his own cousin. Steve Buscemi played Tony Blundetto in season five and later made minor appearances in flashbacks and dreams. Steve Buscemi had a highly successful career prior to his role on The Sopranos and appeared in films such as, Reservoir Dogs, Fargo and The Big Lebowski. He also directed several episodes of The Sopranos including the critically acclaimed season three episode, “Pine Barrens”. After his time on The Sopranos, he returned to HBO to star in the hit series Boardwalk Empire. He also appeared on several other TV series, such as, 30 Rock, ER and Portlandia. He currently appears in Louis C.K's web series, Horace and Pete.
21 Phil Leotardo - Frank Vincent
Phil Leotardo was the boss of the New York Crime Family after the death of Johnny Sack. He was ruthless, greedy and violent. He was a very difficult person to deal with and had no respect for the New Jersey Family. He considered Tony and his crew a joke. After the death of his brother at the hands of Tony B. he made Tony Soprano’s life a living hell. He was furious when he found out that his cousin’s husband and Capo in the New Jersey Family, Vito Spatfore, was homosexual. Phil took it upon himself to deal with Vito, which angered Tony. However, in the end Tony got his revenge on Phil. Frank Vincent played Phil Leotardo in season five and six. Prior to The Sopranos Frank Vincent was best known for his roles in several Martin Scorsese films, such as, Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. After The Sopranos, he starred in the film Chicago Overcoat and appeared on the TV series, Stargate Atlantis. He has also lent his voice to the Grand Theft Auto video game series.
20 Artie Bucco – John Ventimiglia
Artie Bucco was Tony’s childhood friend and owner of the restaurant Nuovo Vesuvio. He’s not a part of Tony’s criminal empire but sometimes seems that he would like to be. Luckily for him his wife Charmaine, wears the pants in the family and would never let that happen. When Tony’s Uncle Junior decides to kill someone in Artie’s restaurant, Tony has it blown up in an attempt to help Artie. Initially, Artie isn’t aware that Tony was behind it and soon rebuilds his restaurant. When Tony and his crew aren’t at The Bada Bing they’re probably at Vesuvio. Artie is innocent, naive and looks up to Tony, which Tony takes full advantage of. Tony rarely ever pays his bill and lets his tab grow to an enormous amount. John Ventimiglia played Artie Bucco for the entire run. He also appeared on TV series Law & Order and NYPD Blue. He’s made appearances in several films, including Mickey Blue Eyes, Iceman and Notorious. He plays Dino Arbogast on the CBS series Blue Bloods.
19 Joe Pantoliano – Ralph Cifaretto
Ralph Cifaretto was a member of the New Jersey Crime family and capo of his own crew. Despite his success as a top earner, he had a very volatile relationship with Tony. He’s violent, unstable and difficult to control. He first appears in season 3 as his character had been in Florida for a few years taking care of family business. Ralph and Tony purchase a horse together, actually it’s more like Ralph purchased a horse and Tony just took his share. After the horse’s death, Tony and Ralph have a violent fight in Ralph’s kitchen which results in Tony murdering him. Joe Pantoliano played Ralph Cifaretto in season three and four. He would later appear in flashbacks and dream sequences. He had a very successful film career before The Sopranos and appeared in a number of films, including La Bamba, The Goonies, The Matrix and The Fugitive. Following his time on The Sopranos, he continued to appear on TV, in Dr. Vegas, How To Make It In America and Sense8.
18 Furio Giunta – Federico Castelluccio
Furio Giunta was Tony’s bodyguard, driver and hit man when he needed one. Furio was a ruthless and coldhearted killer. Despite that he begins to develop intense romantic feelings for Tony’s wife, Carmella. Carmella also had feeling for him but they both denied how they felt. Often, the highlight of the day for both of them was seeing each other early in the morning when Furio would pick up Tony. He had such strong feelings for her that he fled to Italy and went into hiding. Federica Castelluccio played Furio from season two to season four. He also appeared in several films, such as Made, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints and the TV series NYPD Blue. Later, he appeared in the film El Cantante, which starred Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. He’s also a highly respected and successful painter and art collector. He began painting at a very young age and has travelled all over the world drawing and painting.
17 Johnny “Sack” Sacrimoni – Vincent Curatola
Johnny “Sack” Sacrimoni was the boss of the New York Crime Family. Initially, he and Tony consider themselves to be good friends. However, as both gain power and rise up to the rank of boss, they find themselves in conflict. Johnny is coldhearted and ruthless but also proves to be a good businessman much like Tony. Later, John is arrested by the F.B.I. and is sent to prison. In prison, he attempts to become healthy but years of chain smoking caught up to him and he died of cancer in the episode, “Stage 5”. The character was partially based on Mafia Boss John Gotti. Vincent Curatola played Johnny Sack for six seasons. Prior to The Sopranos, Vincent had minor roles in short films and appeared in a small role in the HBO film Gotti, in 1996. After The Sopranos he appeared in The Hungry Ghosts and Killing Them Softly. He will be appearing in the upcoming film Patriots Day with Mark Wahlberg, based on the 2013 Boston Bombings. He is also an accomplished musician and has performed with the band, Chicago.
16 Special Agent Dwight Harris - Matt Servitto
FBI Agent Dwight Harris was tasked with bringing down Tony and his crew. They did everything from surveillance to getting Tony’s closest friends to turn on him but could never get any concrete evidence. In a season three episode, Harris and the F.B.I. go to great lengths to plant a listening device in a portable lamp in The Soprano basement. The F.B.I.’s plan falls apart when Meadow Soprano unknowingly helps her father by taking the lamp to college. Later, Harris moves into the terrorist division but served as an ally to Tony in the final season. Harris provides Tony with crucial information in order to track down Phil Leotardo. Matt Servitto played the role of Special Agent Dwight Harris for the entire run of the series. After the end of The Sopranos he has appeared in several TV series, including Blue Bloods, Banshee and Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell.
15 Vito Spatafore – Joseph R. Gannascoli
Vito Spatafore was one of Tony’s top earners who eventually rose to the rank of capo and had his own crew. Initially, he was more of a henchman but through hard work, dedication and murder, he climbed to the top. Between season 5 and season 6, he lost a lot of weight and would often discuss his newfound health. However, he was also a homosexual and hid it from the rest of the crime family for as long as possible, out of fear of how his friends would react. Once it became known there were some who wanted to murder him and others, like Tony, that wanted to give him a pass. They didn’t get to that point because Phil Leotardo killed him first. Joeseph R. Gannascoli played Vito Spatafore from season two until season six. He also played a different character in the season one episode, “The Legend Of Tennessee Moltisanti.” Since The Sopranos, he continues to appear in films and TV.
14 Salvatore “Big P*ssy” Bonpensiero - Vincent Pastore
Salvatore “Big P*ssy” Bonspensiero was one of Tony’s closest friends and best earners. He had started his career as a cat burglar, which is where the nickname comes from. Despite being very close to Tony, he actually betrays Tony by becoming an informant for the FBI. Once Tony finds out he is forced to deal with his best friend and murder him. Sal’s death haunts Tony for the rest of the series. Vincent Pastore played the role of Sal “Big P*ssy” Bonpensiero for the first two seasons and made brief appearances in flashbacks and dream sequences for the rest of the series.
Early in his career, he appeared in films such as, Goodfellas, Carlito’s Way and The Jerky Boys: The Movie. After his time on The Sopranos, he appeared in Grounded For Life, Law & Order and Everybody Hates Chris. He also appeared on several reality shows, such as Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank and Celebrity Fit Club.
13 Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri – Steve Schirripa
Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri is unlike most gangsters in The Sopranos. He’s shy, gentle and never cheats on his wife. He’s not a ruthless, coldhearted killer but does what he’s told to do by the boss. He starts out as Uncle Junior's assistant but rises up to being one of Tony’s top earners. He’s a hard worker, loyal and tough. He becomes Tony’s brother-in-law after he marries Janice Soprano. Bobby is murdered in the second last episode, “The Blue Comet”. Steve Schirripa played Bobby from season 2 till the final season. In addition to The Sopranos, he also appeared in several TV series, including King of Queens, George Lopez and Joey. After The Sopranos, he appeared in both The Secret Life Of An American Teenager and My Fake Fiancé. He also appeared in the Clint Eastwood film, Jersey Boys.
12 Janice Soprano Baccalieri – Aida Turturro
Janice Soprano was Tony’s older sister who eventually married Bobby Baccalieri. She was a rebellious teenager and left the family when she was young. She returns later to help care for her mother and is also looking to cash in on her brother's success. She and Tony had a love-hate relationship, with Tony being very weary of his sister’s true motivations. Later, she dated two of Tony’s rivals, Ralph Cifaretto and Richie Aprile (David Poval). After Bobby’s death, Janice is left with a daughter and Bobby’s two kids. Aida Turturro played Janice from season 2 until the end of the series. She was nominated several times for Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Janice. Before her success on The Sopranos, she appeared in several films, such as Manhattan Murder Mystery, Money Train and Sleepers. After The Sopranos ended, she continued to appear in television and appeared on such shows as, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nurse Jackie and Blue Bloods.
11 Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri – Tony Sirico
Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri was a coldhearted killer and ruthless gangster. He was one of Tony’s top earners but was known to be greedy and not the brightest gangster in the strip club. He was the only one of his closest friends that had never been married and had no children. He was an associate of Tony’s father, Johnny Soprano, and helped mentor Tony when he was just starting out. Tony Sirico played the role of Paulie Walnuts. Before his acting career, Tony Sirico had been convicted of several crimes. While serving time in prison, he met an acting troupe of ex-convicts and eventually got into acting. Early in his career he appeared in Goodfellas, Bullets Over Broadway and Dead Presidents. After The Sopranos went off the air, he continued to find work on TV. He also voiced the charterer of Vinny Griffin on the hit animated series, Family Guy.
10 Livia Soprano – Nancy Marchand
Livia Soprano was Tony’s overbearing and equally ruthless mother. Tony tries to be the best son he can be but his mother wasn’t the easiest person to deal with. Tony decided to put her into an old folks home (or as Tony would put it, a “retirement community”). This upset Livia so much that she helped arrange the attempted murder on her own son. Nancy Marchand played Livia Soprano for seasons 1 and 2 and was universally praised for her role. Prior to her role on The Sopranos, she had a successful broadway career and appeared in several TV shows, such as Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Streets and Coach. She won four Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Margaret Pynchon on Lou Grant, which aired from 1977 to 1982. She died from cancer in 2000 prior to the start of season three of The Sopranos. She was originally intended to have a major role in the third season but was instead written out in the beginning of the season. However, Tony’s mother would haunt him for the rest of the series.
9 Silvio Dante – Steven Van Zandt
Silvio Dante was Tony’s right hand man, consigliere and one of his closest friends. Silvio ran The Bada Bing Strip club, which was a frequent hangout for Tony and his crew. He was known to be a loyal friend, a ruthless killer and did a great impression of Al Pacino from The Godfather Part III. In the end of the series, Silvio is shot multiple times and left in a coma. Steven Van Zandt played the role of Silvio Dante for the entire run of the series. His real life wife, Maureen Van Zandt, played his TV wife, Gabrielle Dante. Van Zandt is a very accomplished musician and songwriter. He goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve, and is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the E Street Band in 2014. After The Sopranos, he’s continued to have a successful career and starred in the Norwegian-American series, Lillyhammer.
8 Corrado “Junior” Soprano - Dominic Chianese
Junior Soprano was the boss of the New Jersey Crime family and Tony’s Uncle. Uncle Junior was envious of his nephew’s rise in the family. They had a difficult relationship but it could also be very loving. Later, during his trial and house arrest, he became a mentor to Tony who became the de facto leader. He suffers from dementia and shoots Tony thinking he’s his enemy. In the end, Uncle Junior can’t recognize Tony the last time he sees him. Dominic Chianese played Uncle Junior to critical acclaim. He was nominated for several Emmy Awards. Prior to The Sopranos, Dominic had a successful broadway career, which eventually lead to a film career. He appeared in several highly successful films, such as The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and All The President’s Men. After The Sopranos had ended its run, he appeared in several TV shows, such as Damages, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife. He also had a recurring role on the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
7 Adriana La Cerva – Drea de Matteo
Adriana La Cerva was the fiancé of Christopher Moltisanti. She was madly in love with Christopher but was also madly in love with the lifestyle. She liked expensive jewelry, fancy fur coats and cocaine. She didn’t like it as much as her fiancé, but she enjoyed it from time to time. In season four the FBI successfully convinces her to work as an informant for them. This causes her great stress until she finally tells Christopher, which results in her murder at the hands of Silvio. Drea de Mattea played the role of Adriana La Cerva. She received critical acclaim for her role and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2004. Following her departure on The Sopranos, she appeared in the Friends spin-off Joey, playing Joey’s sister. Later she had a recurring role on the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy and currently appears in NBC’s Shade’s of Blue, alongside Jennifer Lopez.
6 Christopher Moltisanti – Michael Imperioli
Christopher Moltisanti was the nephew and protégé of Tony Soprano. Christopher rose to the rank of Capo and at one point, was considered the heir apparent to Tony. However, he struggles with an addiction and substance abuse problem and this eventually caused Tony to lose trust in him. It also didn’t help that Christopher made a film with the main character based on Tony and not in the most flattering way. However, Christopher would do anything for Tony, including betraying the love of his life, Adriana. Tony murdered Christopher after they were both in a car accident in the season six episode, "Kennedy and Heidi". Michael Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti for the run of the entire series. In addition to acting he also wrote several episodes, including the season four episode “Christopher”. Before The Sopranos, he appeared in several films, such as Goodfellas, Bad Boys and The Basketball Diaries. After The Sopranos ended, he continued to find work in both TV and film. He appeared in the US version of Life on Mars and starred in Mad Dogs. He also wrote and directed the film, The Hungry Ghosts.
5 Anthony “A.J.” Soprano Jr. – Robert Iler
Anthony "AJ" Soprano Jr. is Tony’s only son and youngest child. AJ can be a spoiled brat who doesn’t want to work for anything. He’s rebellious, lazy and looking for the easy way out. He lives in the shadow of his very accomplished older sister, Meadow. He doesn’t inherit his father’s ruthlessness, toughness or violent streak, but instead inherits the anxiety, panic attacks and selfishness. In the final season, AJ goes into a deep depression after having his heart broken. He attempts suicide in the family swimming pool but is found by Tony. In the end, AJ is sitting across from his father right before everything cut to black. Robert Iler played AJ Soprano for the entire six seasons. During and after The Sopranos, Robert Iler had a series of run-ins with the law including a marijuana possession charge. He’s had one solo TV appearance on Law & Order in 2009.
4 Meadow Soprano – Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Meadow Soprano was Tony’s only daughter and eldest child. In her youth she was a rebellious child who was spoiled and a brat. As she grew up, she matured and changed her ways. She became responsible, a hard worker and a dependable daughter. She entered into a law career instead of a medical career like her mother wanted. She always had a very close relationship with her father. In the final moments of the series, Meadow struggles to parallel park before entering the restaurant before the series cut to black. Jamie-Lynn Sigler had her big breakthrough with her role on The Sopranos. In 2004, she starred as Heidi Fleiss in Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. After The Sopranos ended its run, she appeared in several TV shows, such as How I Met Your Mother, Ugly Betty and Entourage. In 2016, she revealed that she has Multiple Sclerosis and was diagnosed when she was 20.
3 Dr. Jennifer Melfi – Lorraine Bracco
Dr. Jennifer Melfi was the psychiatrist for Tony Soprano. She began treating him after he began to suffer from panic attacks and lose conciseness. She was a dedicated doctor and cared deeply about each of her patients. Tony was attracted to Dr. Melfi and made several attempts to win her over but she turned him down every time. It was strictly a professional relationship. They had an on-again off-again relationship as doctor and patient. She drops him permanently as a patient in the second last episode of the series, “Blue Comet”. Lorraine Bracco played Dr. Jennifer Melfi and received praise for her performance in the series. She was nominated for several Emmy awards. She appeared in the entire series run making her final appearance in the second last episode of the series. Prior to The Sopranos, she was best known for her role as Karen Hill in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Since the end of The Sopranos, she as appeared in Law & Order and was the narrator for I Married a Mobster. She is also the owner of Bracco Wines. Currently, she stars in the TNT hits series, Rizzoli & Isles.
2 Carmela Soprano – Edie Falco
Carmela Soprano is the wife of Tony Soprano and mother of Meadow and AJ Soprano. She’s a good mother, loving wife and dedicated homemaker. Despite that, she has a strong desire for independence, which doesn’t sit well with her husband. She looks the other way as Tony cheats on her with anything with a pulse. She can be materialistic and vein. In the end, Carmella sits across from her husband before it cut to black. Edie Falco played Carmella to universal and critical acclaim. She won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama three times in 1999, 2001 and 2003. Before The Sopranos, she was best known for her role in the HBO series OZ.
Edie has continued to have a great career. She appeared in the broadway revival, House of Blue Leaves. She also starred in the hit Showtime series, Nurse Jackie. She won the Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy in 2010. She currently appears in Louis. C.K.’s web series Horace and Pete.
1 Tony Soprano – James Gandolfini
The Sopranos revolved around Tony Soprano, as he struggles with anxiety and panic attacks while attempting to balance his mob life and family life. At times Tony can be gentle and kind. He can be a good husband, great father and tries to be the best son. Other times he cheats constantly on his wife, is a ruthless killer and tries to suffocate his mother with a pillow. In the end Tony’s true fate is unknown, he may have been killed or he may still be alive in New Jersey. James Gandolfini played the role of the iconic Tony Soprano to universal critical acclaim. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor on three separate occasions, in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Before his breakout success on The Sopranos, he appeared in several films, such as True Romance, Get Shorty and The Juror. After The Sopranos, he produced two documentaries for HBO; one focused on injured war veterans and another on PTSD. He also appeared on broadway in God of Carnage. He continued his film career and appeared in the films Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and Not Fade Away. Not Fade Away reunited Gandolfini with David Chase, who was the film's director. Sadly, James Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013, at the age of 51. He had completed work on two films that were released after his death, which were Enough Said and The Drop.
Sources: nydailynews.com, thefw.com
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