- List of characters from The Sopranos in the Soprano crime family
Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile, Sr.
Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo
- Played by: Unseen character
- Referenced in: "46 Long", "Meadowlands", "Pax Soprana", "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office...", "Rat Pack"
Ercole DiMeo, a.k.a. "Old Man" and "Eckley", is the founder and the longtime Boss of the DiMeo crime family. By the events of the series, he is boss in name only, and never demonstrated any influence over the family: he is serving a life sentence in a high security United States Prison in Springfield, Missouri. In season two, when Philip "Philly Spoons" Parisi picks up Gigi Cestone at the airport, we got some information about the prison where he is serving his life sentence. It is implied from the conversations that DiMeo is suffering from old age and requires round-the-clock nursing care in the prison hospital wing. When the death of Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile is reported on television in season one, the newsreporter states that; he was the Acting boss for the 74-year-old Ercoli "Eckley" DiMeo, which then makes him over 80 years old at the end of the series, assuming he is still alive at that point.
DiMeo ran the family from sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s until he received a sentence of life imprisonment in 1995, at which point Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile became acting boss of the family. Though Jackie already had full control in 1999 (the first season of The Sopranos), at one point he said "I may be acting boss while the old man's a guest of the government" out of deference to DiMeo.
DiMeo was apparently a major force in his prime. He served as a mentor to Tony Soprano and, according to other characters, had Tony and Jackie pegged early on as eventual candidates for boss. DiMeo also took a liking to Tony's father "Johnny Boy" Soprano and it is likely that Johnny would have been acting boss had he not died of emphysema in 1986. However, it is clear that DiMeo had great muscle behind him when he led the family, as prominent capos "Johnny Boy" Soprano, Corrado "Junior" Soprano, and Michele "Feech" La Manna were below him.
DiMeo is based on the real boss of the North Jersey-based DeCavalcante crime family, Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi, an aging mobster serving a long prison term who made only the occasional intervention via the various acting bosses. The DiMeo/Soprano crime family is based on the DeCavalcante crime family.
Michael "Mikey Grab Bag" Palmice
Joseph "Beppy" Sasso
- Played by:
- Appears in: "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano"
Beppy Sasso is an original member of Junior Soprano crew, and was promoted to Underboss to Junior Soprano after the death of Jackie Aprile. Sasso was arrested at the same time as Junior and Larry Boy Barese in 1999.
Corrado "Junior" Soprano
Tony Soprano/Gualtieri/Moltisanti crew associates
- Played by: Michael Goduti
- Appears in: "Eloise"
Alfie is part of the group Little Paulie takes to vandalize Carmine's restaurant over the HUD dispute.
- Played by: Louis Gross
- Appears in: "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...", "Live Free or Die", "The Ride", "Cold Stones"
Perry Annunziata, also known as "Muscles Marinara" is from Bloomfield, New Jersey. He served as a bodyguard and driver for Tony Soprano during his recovery from a gunshot in 2006. Tony calls him Penne Arrabiata (as in the pasta dish penne all'arrabbiata), on account of his getting angry (Italian: arrabbiato) at a rude driver while driving Tony. He is first runner-up in Mr. Teenage Bloomfield and cousin of Gina Annunziata. Tony picked a fight with Perry at Satriale's to regain the respect of the family following his injury - selecting Perry specifically because of his muscular build and hot-headed nature. Perry knew the ramifications of beating up a mob boss and even still tried to fight back. Tony beats him to the ground and gives him a broken nose. Tony later paid Perry off as an apology for the altercation, although Perry stated that he was in the wrong. Perry takes advice from both his father and from capo Carlo Gervasi. Perry renewed his duties by accompanying Tony to the Feast of Saint Elzear and to Christopher Moltisanti's belated bachelor party. Annunziata was driving Tony when he discovered the corpse of Fat Dom Gamiello at Satriale's, but he remained in the car.
Patrizio "Uncle Pat" Blundetto
- Played by: Frank Albanese
- Appears in: "Cold Cuts", "Long Term Parking", "Remember When", "Made in America"
Former soldier in the Soprano crew, worked alongside Johnny Boy Soprano. Unlike many of his contemporaries he was able to retire from "the business". He suffered from hiccups for an entire year (approximately) and contemplated suicide. Pat is the uncle of Tony Blundetto and Chris Moltisanti, and father of Louise Blundetto. Tony Soprano calls him Uncle Pat but they are not blood relatives. Pat's brother Al Blundetto married Quintina the sister of Tony's mother. Pat owns a farm in Kinderhook, Upstate New York that his nephews used to visit in the summers of their youth. Several bodies were buried on the farm - Tony, Tony B., and Chris dug them up and moved them in 2004, as he was planning to sell the farm, and move to Florida, which he later does. In the series finale, Pat is seen visiting a decrepit Junior Soprano in a New Jersey mental facility. He there encounters Janice, whom he suspects is attempting to con Junior into giving her the last of his money. Pat later visits Tony at the Bada Bing to report his niece's suspicious behavior, before going back to Florida.
Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
- Played by: Edoardo Ballerini
- Appears in: "Live Free or Die", "Luxury Lounge", "The Ride", "The Blue Comet"
An associate of Christopher Moltisanti and a heroin addict. Christopher enlisted him to accommodate the Italian hitmen provided to Tony for the hit on Rusty Millio. Corky was chosen primarily because he speaks Italian and would therefore be able to communicate effectively with the hitmen. Christopher paid him for the job with heroin. Corky performed well, delivering weapons and instructions at a remote spot without revealing much about himself, and the hit went smoothly. Chris delivered the second half of Corky's payment at the Feast of St. Elzear and included more heroin as a substitute for some of the money. Corky injected the drug in Chris' car, which initially prompted Chris to encourage him to get into rehab. But Chris was eventually tempted into joining him.
After Chris' death, the Soprano Family used Corky again through Patsy Parisi. The target this time was Phil Leotardo, but Corky was not as successful. The hit was botched badly and Yarnya, Phil's housemaid and mistress, and her elderly father, who looks remarkably like Phil, are killed instead. When Corky heard from the hitmen that the man spoke Ukrainian to his daughter, he mumbled "whatever"; he had no idea of the gravity of the mistake. However, he did ask Patsy Parisi if Phil spoke Ukrainian. (The brutal double homicide is later reported in the newspapers and on television, and Murmur shows the story to Silvio and Paulie.)
- Played by: Tony Siragusa
- Appears in: "Irregular Around the Margins", "Marco Polo", "Unidentified Black Males", "Long Term Parking"
He served as a driver and bodyguard for Tony as a soldier of the Soprano crime family in 2004. In the episode "Irregular Around the Margins," Frankie was one of the parties that restrained Christopher when he came after Tony with a gun at the Bing (Frankie threatened to break him like a wishbone during this incident). Frankie also accompanied Tony, Silvio and Christopher to a tense sit-down with Johnny Sack, Phil Leotardo and Jimmy Petrille shortly after Tony Blundetto killed Billy Leotardo.
Soldier of Paulie Gualtieri crew who accompanied him on a robbery of Colombian drug dealers in 2006. Shot a Colombian who was trying to stab Paulie. Later seen visiting Tony as he recovered from his gutshot. Cary helped Paulie and Chris intimidate the EMT Tony believed took cash from him as he was brought into the hospital.
Benito "Benny" Fazio
Paul "Little Paulie" Germani
An Italian associate of Furio Giunta. Accompanied Furio to Sean and Matt's apartment to collect money for Tony Soprano. They also intimidated the two into giving them $1000. Furio and Gaetano joked about the two, speaking Italian so Sean and Matt did not understand. It is unknown how long Giarizzo stayed in the country or his role in the family as he has not appeared since.
Corky is a Soprano associate who mainly acts as an arsonist who is skilled at making the cause of his work appear accidental. He assisted Silvio in starting the fire which burned down Artie's restaurant in 1999. Tony later suspected that Ralph Cifaretto had hired Corky to light numerous fires, including the fire at the stables which killed Pie-O-My, a horse owned by Ralph that Tony took great interest in.
Peter "Bissell" LaRosa
- Played by: Jeffrey M Marchetti
- Appears in: "Eloise", "Whitecaps", "Two Tonys", "In Camelot", "Unidentified Black Males", "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request", "Moe N' Joe"
Bissell, also known as Petey, was part of the group Little Paulie took to vandalize Carmine Lupertazzi's restaurant in the HUD dispute. Petey made his bones (along with Benny Fazio) by killing Stanley Johnson and Credenzo Curtis, on orders from Christopher Moltisanti. Petey/Bissell is often seen at Satriale's. He was sweeping up at Satriale's when Tony returned after recovering from his injury and later showed Phil Leotardo into the room. He continued his role as a doorman, admitting Anthony Infante to his meeting with Tony at the Bada Bing. It's quite possibly he was made or will become a soldier sometime.
- Played by: Uncredited Actor
- Appears in: "The Knight in White Satin Armor"
Thomas "Tommy Mac" Maccarato is an associate of Moltisanti who has inside info on a truck containing Pokémon cards. It is unknown whenever the hijacking took place. Thomas Maccarato didn't appear in any other episode of the series.
Richard "Dickie" Moltisanti
- Played by: Unseen character
- Referenced in: "A Hit is a Hit", "From Where to Eternity", "For All Debts Public and Private", "Whitecaps", "Stage 5", "Walk Like a Man"
Former soldier in the Soprano crew. Died in the mid-1970s, Married to Joanne Moltisanti née Blundetto, father of Christopher and cousin to Carmella. Dickie was in the U.S. Navy and later served time in prison, making it unlikely that he spent much time with his family when he was alive. Dickie was killed during Christopher's infancy, right outside the house while bringing TV trays home. In 2001, Tony Soprano told Christopher that Dickie's killer was Detective Lt. Barry Haydu, who had just retired from the force. Tony delivered Haydu to Christopher Moltisanti as a part of his process of bonding Chris to him and slowly easing him up the family hierarchy. However, when confronted by Christopher, Haydu denied ever having heard of Dickie Moltisanti and claimed that someone was "obviously" setting him up; however, he inadvertently admitted knowing Dickie Moltisanti by stating "Look, whoever told you I had anything to do with his death is lying!", before Christopher ever mentioned Dickie's death, whom Haydu supposedly didn't even know. Haydu's last words are "I'm sorry!" indicating that he was indeed responsible.
Tony remembers Dickie as a "stand up guy" and describes a lot of his positive qualities to Christopher. Dickie once took on a whole crew from New England and brought the war home to their turf. Tony also remembers that Dickie was killed because of a beef with Jilly Ruffalo, a man he was in prison with. Jilly murdered Dickie's cell mate and Dickie gouged out his eye in revenge.
According to Christopher, Dickie also struggled with problems of alcoholism and drug addiction.
Pasquale "Patsy" Parisi
Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi
- Played by: Dan Grimaldi
- Appears in: "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office...", "Funhouse", "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood"
Phillip is a soldier and Patsy Parisi's identical twin brother, who was born eleven minutes after him in Bloomfield, New Jersey. He is also Tony Soprano's cousin on his mother's side. The two brothers were extremely close and Phillip would follow his brother into a life of organized crime in the DiMeo crime family He is the uncle to Patrick Parisi and coy with revealing mob information. He is executed by Gigi Cestone in early March 2000, when Philly picked-up and drove Gigi home from the Newark Liberty International Airport. Tony Soprano ordered the hit to silence rumors (which in reality was factual gossip of Tony's troubled personal life at the time) that "Spoons" had been spreading that Tony had tried to suffocate Livia Soprano. Appeared in Tony's dream while he was suffering from food poisoning as Meadow graduated high school later in June 2000. Tony was shown to be sorry and regretted about having him killed.
A flashback of Gigi killing Philly is shown in "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood".
Fabian "Febby" Petrulio
- Played by: Tony Ray Rossi
- Appears in: "College"
Former soldier in the DiMeo family; he was possibly in the Soprano crew as Johnny Soprano knew him although Tony Soprano said he didn't know him well and Febby thought his name was "Teddy" not Tony. He was possibly in the Aprile crew as Tony said Jackie Aprile, Sr. knew him really well, and they served time together in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. He entered the Witness Protection Program after he informed on a lot of people from the DiMeo family to the FBI which led to convictions, allegedly that of Jackie Aprile, Sr. But he was eventually kicked out of the program. He later becomes a bonded and certified travel agent who is the proprietor of his own agency outside of Waterville, Maine. He promoted cruise line trips and train excursions. Tony recognized him living under the false name "Frederick 'Fred' Peters" while visiting Colby College in Waterville, Maine with Meadow. Tony waits for Febby to leave his place of business, a travel agency, and when he does, Tony strangles him to death with a piece of wiring, leaving his body in front of his business, to signify that the Mafia had found him, and it was not just a random killing.
Febby was an amateur wood sculptor, a skill he learned in a prison wood-shop, but had a problem carving lifelike lips. Christopher says he thought Febby's bust of Frank Sinatra was actually that of Shaquille O'Neal, and Tony realizes he's found Febby when he sees a bust of Ronald Reagan in his office with very large lips. At the time of his murder, Febby had a daughter who was around the age of Meadow Soprano, and a younger daughter. At the time of his death he was remarried, and had served as a volunteer fireman, and dealt some drugs locally. He had the chance to shoot Tony the previous day while accompanying his daughter to an orientation day at Colby College but cancels the plan because of the presence of two elderly bystanders outside their motel room. While Tony is garroting him, he lies and tries to use Meadow's presence as an excuse for not shooting him, but Tony doesn't care and kills him anyway.
In the Sopranos Scriptbook by David Chase the scene where Tony kills Febby plays out differently. In the printed version Tony orders him to drop the gun once he has the wire around his neck (in the episode he simply drops it) and their conversation is longer with Petrulio pleading that he has kids to which Tony replies "other guys got kids and they took the time". It is also left unclear until the last second as to whether Tony will kill him or not as his pleadings result in Tony relaxing his grip on the wire. Febby then tries to pull away which results in Tony losing his temper and killing him. Comparing this version to the final one, it is possible to see the edits made to achieve the final version.
George "Georgie" Santorelli
- Played by: Frank Santorelli
- Appears in: "46 Long, "Pax Soprana", "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti", "Full Leather Jacket", "University", "Second Opinion", "For All Debts Public and Private", "Christopher", "Watching Too Much Television", "The Strong, Silent Type", "Where's Johnny?", "In Camelot", "Cold Cuts", "Walk Like a Man"
George "Georgie" Santorelli is a bartender at the Bada Bing. He was occasionally involved in the crime family's activities, including helping Christopher move the body of Emil Kolar, a Czech-American mobster Christopher had whacked in the pilot episode, and also swept the Bing for bugs following rumors of federal indictments. He was well liked by Silvio Dante who owned the club.
While Georgie is clearly harmless, affable, and compliant, it appears as if he is somewhat slow mentally. Georgie's mental impediments would later make him the catalyst for many of Tony Soprano's sudden, violent outrages in a few different situations, as he had a tendency to exhibit excessive incompetence and spout inappropriate commentary at the worst times, which led to him receiving multiple beatings at Tony's hands, including Tony repeatedly hitting him over the head with the phone, the ice tray for wasting ice, and the cash register drawer for when he says, "That's why ya gotta live for today" when Tony is discussing the potential of genocide that could be caused by further Al Qaeda attacks. In the season 3 episode "University", Georgie is hit in the eye by a chain while Ralph Cifaretto is emulating a scene from the 2000 film Gladiator. After Tony hits him repeatedly over the head with the cash drawer causing permanent ear damage, Georgie says he is quitting. However, he is convinced by Silvio to stay and Georgie can later be seen working back at the Bing in season 6.
John Francis "Johnny Boy" Soprano
- Main article: "Johnny Boy" Soprano
James "Murmur" Zancone
- Played by: Lenny Venito
- Appears in: "Members Only", "Mayham", "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request", "Live Free or Die", "Luxury Lounge", "The Ride", "Cold Stones", "Kaisha", "The Blue Comet"
A friend and AA sponsor of Christopher Moltisanti, Murmur is reportedly an expert at forging documents. Attended Raymond Curto's funeral, to Tony Soprano's chagrin. He has also shown that he has the ability to do some muscle work as well, as seen by his and Benny Fazio's quick kidnapping of J.T. Dolan. Present at Christopher's pitch meeting for Chris' movie project Cleaver. Also with Christopher at an AA meeting when the crew first learned of Vito Spatafore's homosexuality, although Tony dismissed Murmur from the back-room discussion of the news at the Bada Bing. James earned the moniker "Murmur" for having a heart murmur during child birth.
Murmur made Chris' rounds while Chris was in LA - buying credit card numbers from a pizza parlor and from Hillel at the Teittleman's hotel, then selling the numbers to Mohammed and Ahmed at the Bada Bing. Murmur also went out to LA to meet Chris because Chris was "chipping" (relapsing). While there, Murmur and Chris robbed Lauren Bacall of a gift basket she received at an awards ceremony. Murmur later attended Chris' belated bachelor party at Nuovo Vesuvio and continued to hang out with the crew at Satriale's. Murmur was skeptical of the benefits of Christopher's relationship with fellow addict Julianna Skiff, warning Christopher that it could be enabling (to relapse into substance abuse), and of the possibility of Tony finding out about his recent slip at the Feast of St. Elzear. He was also responsible for informing Tony that Phil Leotardo had a heart attack - Tony had warmed to him a little by this point and rewarded him with a club soda. Ironically, he later (unknowingly) informed Paulie and Silvio, by showing them a newspaper article on the murders of two civilians, that Phil Leotardo is still alive and the job to kill him failed because the hitmen had misidentified their target.
Junior Soprano/Bacala crew associates
Robert "Bobby Bacala" Baccalieri
Robert "Bobby" Baccalieri, Sr.
Father of Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri. Soldier in Junior Soprano's crew in his younger days, he owned and worked part-time in a barber shop cutting hair, the shop was a front for his illegal businesses, he sold it after he retired from the family. In "Soprano Home Movies", Tony mentioned to Bobby's son how it was unusual that he never whacked anyone, considering his father was "the fuckin Terminator in that respect", suggesting Bobby, Sr. was responsible for numerous homicides before his retirement. Returned to New Jersey from semi-retirement in 2000. Suffered from lung cancer after a lifelong smoking habit. In "Another Toothpick", Tony Soprano gave him the task of killing Salvatore "Mustang Sally" Intile. The hit was ordered as retribution for the savage unprovoked beating of Bryan Spatafore, brother of Vito Spatafore. Vito was a made man in the Aprile crew at the time. Mustang Sally was Robert's godson but he felt he had always been a problem so he had no reservations about the job and was glad to be of use. Despite his poor health and shortness of breath on exertion, he was able to overwhelm and kill the much younger Mustang Sally and his friend Carlos. Died after choking on blood brought on from his lung and losing control of his car and crashing into a sign post while leaving the scene of his final hit.
Thomas "Tommy" Di Palma
- Played by: Ed Setrakian
- Appears in: "Where's Johnny?"
Tommy is an elderly soldier in Junior Soprano's crew who is responsible for looking after him as his dementia worsens. He allows Junior to wander out of the house.
Salvatore "Mustang Sally" Intile
- Played by: Brian Tarantina
- Appears in: "Another Toothpick"
Salvatore Intile, nicknamed "Mustang Sally" for the 1985 Ford Mustang convertible he drives. He's the godson of Robert Baccalieri, Sr. He dated Tina Francesco, who was an exotic dancer at the Bing and a friend of Adriana La Cerva. Although he is a godson, Salvatore calls him "Uncle Bobby." He is verbally and physically abusive and very possessive with his girlfriends and suffers from anger management problems. Ralph Cifaretto says that Salvatore threw a hot dog vendor off a fifth floor mezzanine at Giants Stadium for serving too many onions on his hot dog. He is callous and has a morbid sense of humor, joking about the attack on Bryan Spatafore with Baccalieri, Sr. Tina and Mustang Sally argued in the street and when Tina urged Bryan Spatafore, of Spatafore Bros construction, who was standing by his truck waiting for a companion, to take her home, Mustang Sally hit Bryan in the forehead with a golf club and beat him to the point where he was in a coma. Bryan Spatafore's brother, Vito Spatafore, was a made man in the Aprile crew at the time. Sally was killed by his godfather, Bobby Bacala, Sr. along with his friend Carlos, as retribution for the beating. Although it's not appreciated by his godfather, he associates with Hispanics or as Bobby Bacala Sr. calls them, "greaseballs."
George "Gus" Inzerillo
Elderly soldier and former capo of Junior Soprano's crew, replacing Philly Parisi. After displaying signs of mental and physical enfeeblement that affected his capacity to run the crew's business, Junior had him replaced by Bobby Bacala.
Anthony "Tony Black" Maffei
- Played by: John Cenatiempo
- Appears in: "Walk Like a Man", "Kennedy and Heidi", "The Second Coming", "Made in America"
Anthony is a soldier in Bobby Baccalieri's crew. Alongside his captain, he collected proceeds from John Stefano's (Joey Perillo) illegal asbestos-dumping operation and delivered them to Tony Soprano. Seen in the series finale delivering what appears to be the proceeds from Bobby's last collection while Tony is on the lam from Phil Leotardo. Possibly promoted to caporegime.
Joseph "Eggie" Marino
- Played by: Sonny Zito
- Appears in: "Pax Soprana"
Junior Soprano's Crew associate who helps Mikey Palmice in the killing of drug dealer Rusty Irish.
- Played by: David Wike
- Appears in: "Isabella"
He is a low level associate of Mikey Palmice. He drives a 1985 Pontiac Firebird. Mikey Palmice uses him as an intermediary to seek out contract killers and organize a hit on Tony Soprano. After given the task Donnie's contract killers fail to fulfill the job, as there are too many witnesses which angers Corrado Soprano. Donnie arrives at a clandestine meeting and after Mikey and Chucky talk to Donnie for a moment, Donnie makes a joke saying "I hear that Tony Soprano's own mother even wants him popped." Junior reacts poorly to this joke and has Mikey call Donnie back and execute him on the spot.
Michael "Mikey Grab Bag" Palmice
Giuseppe "Beppy" Scerbo
- Played by: Joe Pucillo
- Appears in: "Pilot", "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano", "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", "Calling All Cars", "Eloise", "Whitecaps", "Remember When"
Beppy is an elderly soldier in the Junior Soprano crew, full name Giuseppe Scerbo. Agrees with Junior on the need to kill Pussy Malanga and sides with Junior when Tony tries to persuade Junior into changing the planned location of the hit. Stands by Junior throughout his RICO trial and can often be seen in the courtroom. He also visits Junior in the asylum where Junior currently resides. Joe Pucillo, the actor who portrays Beppy, is the uncle of series creator David Chase.
Charles "Chucky" Signore
- Played by: Sal Ruffino
- Appears in: "Nobody Knows Anything", "Isabella", "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano"
Chucky is a soldier in Uncle Junior's crew and a friend of Mikey Palmice. Once it was confirmed that Junior and Mikey Palmice organized the failed hit on Tony, the sentiment was that Junior would want to finish what he started. Like Tony Soprano, he is an avid yachtsman and boater who owns a runabout which he keeps moored at a Liberty Landing Marina located in Jersey City, New Jersey on the Hudson River. At this point, Tony decided to retaliate. Being that Mikey was now "too high up," the thought was that Chucky would be the most likely person to pull the trigger the next time around. As such, he was taken by surprise at a marina, while in his small boat, and killed by Tony when he reveals a hidden gun in a fish he was carrying and shoots Chucky several times in the chest. Tony and Silvio Dante take Signore's corpse out on his runabout and dispose of it. He was likely a good friend of Mikey's, and it's revealed JoJo Palmice doesn't really like him, calling him a "sick fuck" after he left their home.
Aprile crew associates
Jackie Aprile Jr.
- Played by: John Fiore
- Appears in: "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office...", "Do Not Resuscitate", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Funhouse", "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood", "Proshai, Livushka", "Fortunate Son", "Employee of the Month", "Another Toothpick", "University", "He Is Risen", "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", "The Test Dream"
Cestone's first name is never told, although "Gigi" is a derivation of the names "Gianluigi" and "Luigi." Former soldier in the Junior Soprano crew, defected to Tony Soprano's crew in 2000 following the execution of Philly Parisi (the acting capo of Junior's crew while Junior was incarcerated). The hit was ordered by Tony as revenge for Philly spreading rumors about Tony's mother with regards to Tony and Junior's feud. Gigi was picked up by Philly from the airport, and Philly drove him home. Before exiting the car, Gigi shot Philly twice in the head and, deafened by his own gunshots, made off in another vehicle being driven by Paulie Walnuts. Gigi was quickly made part of the inner circle of Tony's crew unlike fellow new member Patsy Parisi. Gigi faced some awkward moments around Patsy as he expressed his grief over the loss of his twin brother Philly.
Gigi made a final transition in the fall of 2000 when he was granted the role of capo over the Aprile crew, following Richie Aprile's "disappearance" making him the only made guy in the Soprano crime family to serve in three different crews. He wasn't well-received by most of his new crew (Donny K, Vito Spatafore, and Eugene Pontecorvo). Ralph Cifaretto took every opportunity to make his life difficult as he had hoped to receive the promotion himself and, Cestone showed clear dislike of Cifaretto. It was also Gigi's idea to have Bobby Bacala, Sr. perform the hit on Mustang Sally, in the episode, "Another Toothpick"; though Tony backs him up on this, both Junior and Ralph feel this shows questionable judgment on Gigi's part.
In a flashback scene in the episode, "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", Gigi accompanied Junior to a sit-down with acting boss, Jackie Aprile, Sr., in 1995 following Junior's hijackings of Jackie's trucks.
Gigi died in the episode "He Is Risen", from the undue stress of putting his children through college and trying to control a resentful and recalcitrant Ralphie. He suffered a fatal heart attack while constipated on the toilet in his social club. His crew found his body and called an ambulance but he was dead on arrival. Ralph was subsequently made captain of Gigi's old crew.
Francis "Big Frank" Cippolina
- Played by: Michael Squicciarini
- Appears in: "Toodle Fucking-Oo", "Bust Out"
Associate/Soldier in DiMeo crime family. Was at The Bing for Richie Aprile's homecoming after being released from prison. Gave Richie Aprile an envelope of money and told him he was now a grandfather. Got into a short verbal altercation with Paulie Walnuts while doing this.
Robert "Bobby Zanone" Coniglio
Bobby was a member Richie Aprile's crew, who talked to the man who had trash dumped in the driveway by a dump truck. The man complained about prices and service, so they dumped trash in his driveway thinking "he wanted it back".
The character is portrayed by Vito Antuofermo, the former undisputed Middleweight Boxing Champion of the world (1979–1980) and a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame.
- Played by: Duke Valenti
- Appears in: "Irregular Around the Margins"
Biker and associate of the Soprano family. Met Christopher Moltisanti when he returned from North Carolina with a cigarette load. Along with Dante Greco, explained to Christopher how his fiancee Adriana La Cerva was in a car accident with Tony Soprano the night before at 2 am. Helped Frankie Cortese restrain Christopher when he showed up at the Bing with a gun looking for Tony. Escorted Chris to the field with Cortese where Tony almost shot him.
Peter "Beansie" Gaeta
- Played by: Paul Herman
- Appears in: "Toodle Fucking-Oo", "Full Leather Jacket", "Bust Out", "Calling All Cars", "Remember When"
Peter "Beansie" Gaeta was a former associate of Richie Aprile, supervising a drug operation for him. Upon Richie's release from prison, he tracked down Gaeta at his pizza parlor, Beansie's Pizzeria, and demanded payment allegedly still owed to him for his financial support. After Gaeta denied the validity of the debt, Richie first broke a hot pot of coffee over Beansie's head, gave him a serious beating, and later on ran him over with his car, rendering Beansie hospitalized and paraplegic from his injuries (in "Toodle Fucking-Oo"). Tony Soprano later gave a reluctant Beansie a large envelope of cash in compensation, insisting he could donate it to the Spinal Injury Foundation. Now using a wheelchair, Beansie moved down to open a supper club in Miami. He had evidently remained in contact with Tony Soprano: he helped set up a meeting between Tony and fellow Miami resident, Little Carmine Lupertazzi; socialized with Tony and Paulie Gualtieri when the two went on the lam (in "Remember When"); and in 2007 secured AJ Soprano a job in his New Jersey pizzeria.
Dante "Buddha" Greco
- Played by: Anthony J. Ribustello
- Appears in: "All Happy Families...", "Irregular Around the Margins", "All Due Respect", "Members Only", "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request", "Live Free or Die", "Stage 5", "Chasing It", "Walk Like a Man", "Kennedy and Heidi", "The Blue Comet", "Made in America"
Soldier in the Aprile crew, first seen taking delivery of cigarettes from Christopher Moltisanti on his return from North Carolina. Often seen in the back at Satriale's Meat Market. Visited Benny Fazio in hospital after his beating by Phil Leotardo. Brought Tony a glass of water and helped take his shoes off when he collapsed while arriving at Allegra Sacrimoni's wedding. Later at the wedding Dante brings drinks for the Soprano family and even dances with Rosalie Aprile. He shares the same nickname as real-life Lucchese crime family mob associate Joe Manri who was involved in the 1978 Lufthansa heist.
Dante accompanied Benny Fazio and Terry Doria to look for Vito Spatafore at his goomah's beach house following the revelation that Vito was possibly a homosexual. Dante's mother suffered from, and eventually died of, Lupus, which caused Dante to consider a career in healthcare. He was seen playing pool in the back room of the Bada Bing when Anthony Infante informed Tony that Johnny Sack had died in a prison hospital of lung cancer. As of the final season, Dante has been acting as Tony's personal driver and bodyguard. He was last seen driving Tony and guarding the safe-house door in the final episode, "Made In America".
Kevin "Dogsy" Interdonato
Kevin "Dogsy" Interdonato is an associate/Soldier in the Aprile crew. Dogsy helped Vito Spatafore beat up the Soprano family's appraiser on the HUD scam restoring his loyalties to them.
Donald "Donny K." Kafranza
- Played by: Raymond Franza
- Appears in: "Full Leather Jacket", "Proshai, Livushka", "He Is Risen", "No Show", "The Weight"
"Donny K." is a Soldier of the Aprile crew. He was first was seen in 2000 introducing Matthew Bevilaqua and Sean Gismonte to Richie Aprile. Donny was known to be a high ranking soldier and one of Richie's best men. Often seen at the crew's social club and at private parties at the Bada Bing. Present when Gigi Cestone died at the social club. Donny is a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America in Local 623 and held one of the "no work" carpenter jobs on the Esplanade construction site for the Aprile crew.
One night while having a drink at a bar in Little Italy in Manhattan, Johnny Sack spots Donny sitting diagonally across from him on the right side of the bar. Ralph Cifaretto had recently made a disparaging joke regarding Johnny's obese wife Ginny. Johnny and Donny make eye contact as Donny is laughing and amusingly cutting up with the bartender. Since Johnny knows Donny works for Ralph and assumes he is laughing and conversing about the joke Ralph made about Ginny, Johnny begins to grow angry. He then follows Donny outside the bar to his car. Donny is then attacked and beaten unconscious by Johnny. After the intense beating, Johnny proceeds to urinate on Donny. Donny is known to have received some nerve damage from the beating and has not been seen since. Donny was married and had to take care of his mother. Tony was angered at Johnny, since he likes Donny and he is a respected man.
- Played by: William DeMeo
- Appears in: "Irregular Around the Margins", "Unidentified Black Males", "All Due Respect", "Mayham", "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request", "The Ride", "Walk Like a Man"
Member of the Aprile crew. He becomes the executor of Joe "Peeps" Peparelli's estate and affairs. It seems that Joe has no surviving family or relatives. Jason arranges to have a headstone made following his death - but failed to have Peparelli's name correctly spelled, the final product being simply "Joseph Peeps." Silvio defended Jason at Joey Peeps funeral for the mistake, explaining to Tony Jason was dyslexic. Tony replies, "What's that got to do with it?" Accompanied Vito when passing on information about the Colombian drug money heist in 2006. Stood guard outside the ICU as Tony recovered from his gutshot. Later took part in a card game at Satriale's that took place as Tony rejoined the crew. Jason helped to break up an altercation between Paulie Gualtieri and Bobby Baccala at the Feast of St. Elzear festival.
Jackie Aprile Jr. and Dino Zerilli's friend and partner in crime on the robbery of Eugene Pontecorvo's low stakes Saturday night card game. Carlo was recruited because he owned a large shotgun. He was killed during the robbery by Christopher Moltisanti with a shot between the eyes after shooting Furio Giunta in the leg.
- Played by: Vincent J. Orofino
- Appears in: "Full Leather Jacket", "Another Toothpick", "Cold Stones", "Kennedy and Heidi"
Brother of Vito Spatafore, and partner in Spatafore Bros Construction. When Tony insisted to Richie Aprile that he build a wheelchair ramp on Beansie Gaeta's house (since it was Richie who put Beansie in the wheelchair in the first place), Richie sent Vito and Bryan over there to get this done (despite the Gaetas' protests).
Bryan was put into a coma by Mustang Sally, in the episode entitled, "Another Toothpick," when Sally's girlfriend had turned to him for help after she and Sally had fought, he was beaten mercilessly with a golf putter, and expected to remain a "vegetable". In the episode, "The Ride," Tony briefly mentions to Carmela that Bryan made some repairs at Satriale's. Even though this statement was most likely a lie on Tony's part (to cover up the real reason for his ankle injury in that episode), it was the first sign that Bryan awoke from his coma and recovered from his beating. Upon Vito's return to New Jersey, Bryan, apparently armed, watchdogged his brother's meeting with Tony and later attended a family dinner. As he remained silent throughout, it is unclear if Bryan has sustained brain damage from the assault, although his eyesight seems to have suffered.
Sunshine was the dealer for Tony Soprano's high stakes, all night, executive card game in 2000. He is extremely talkative in a very monotone voice and dispenses metaphors and famous quotes while acting as a card dealer. Sunshine was also dealing for Eugene Pontecorvo's Saturday night low stakes game in 2001 when Jackie Aprile, Jr. and his friends tried to rob the game. Sunshine continues to shout sayings and proverbs after the robbers told him to be quiet, causing Jackie to panic and shoot him.
It is implied he was an employee of the Aprile crew who dealt regularly at their illegal card games.
- Played by: Andrew Davoli
- Appears in: "Fortunate Son", "He Is Risen", "The Telltale Moozadell", "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", "Amour Fou"
Dino was a childhood friend of Jackie Aprile, Jr. and partner in crime and an associate in Ralph Cifaretto's crew. He helps Jackie Jr. with the disruptive Hispanics at Pizzaland. Dino is the one who holds onto Jackie's handgun after Jackie Jr. threatens the Hispanics with it. Like Jackie Jr. and Carlo Renzi he feels that Ralph Cifaretto is holding them back from their full potential. He looks up in admiration to Christopher Moltisanti who was at that point in time a rising figure in the DiMeo crime family. After quickly picking up his bad habits along with Jackie Jr., he gets arrested for a short period of time. When he is released, Jackie gives him the lowdown. Dino resists at first but later decides to comply with Jackie Jr.'s scheme to rob Eugene Pontecorvo's low-stakes card game in order to gain the respect of the higher level mobsters. They team up with Carlo Renzi, who wields a heavy shotgun. Things do not go their way when Sunshine gets whacked during the robbery, triggering a barrage of gunshots from both sides. This scuffle leaves Carlo dead and Furio wounded. Dino and Jackie Jr. run for the street, but their getaway wheelman, Matush, had fled out of fear after hearing the gunshots. Jackie boosts an oncoming car and high-tails it out of the area, leaving Dino to face an angry Christopher Moltisanti and Albert Barese. Dino tries to level with them by mentioning he's with Ralph, but that does not help. Chris and Albert promptly shoot Dino in the face, killing him.
Barese crew associates
Albert "Ally Boy" Barese
- Played by: Richard Maldone
- Appears in: "The Knight in White Satin Armor", "Proshai, Livushka", "Fortunate Son", "Amour Fou", "For All Debts Public and Private", "No Show" "The Weight", "Watching Too Much Television", "The Strong, Silent Type", "Rat Pack"
He is a paternal cousin of Larry Boy Barese; acting capo of the Barese crew when Larry Boy was in jail; soldier in the Barese crew.
When Richie Aprile wanted to make a move against Tony Soprano, he approached Albert (who was acting capo at the time) for support, expecting sympathy since both of them had asked Tony for control over garbage routes and been rejected. Albert declined. Once Junior found out Richie couldn't get Albert's support, he decided it was in his best interest to side with Tony instead of Richie. As such, Junior informed Tony about Richie's intent to make a move against him.
The crew's contest for the routes continued as Albert was briefly involved in a "garbage war" with Ralph Cifaretto. This dispute disturbed Tony a great deal, primarily because it was making headlines due to the fires being set by those involved. Tony thought he settled the dispute between the two at a stand-up meeting in his backyard, in which Tony said, "No more fires." But Ralph continues to battle Albert, dispatching two men to severely beat one of Albert's garbage workers, smugly telling them: "Remember, Tony said no more fires." Interestingly, the FBI thought this "war" was likely the cause of Richie Aprile's "disappearance."
Albert was also at Eugene Pontecorvo's card game when Jackie Aprile, Jr., Dino Zerilli and Carlo Renzi tried to rob it - Christopher Moltisanti and Albert caught up with Dino as he tried to run away and shot him. It was also at Albert's birthday party that the infamous "weight" remark was said by Ralphie about Ginny Sack.
Albert also has a reputation for repeating, verbatim, whatever is said to him in a conversation by the person speaking to him (Paulie refers to Albert as a parakeet). Albert was also outspoken with Silvio and Patsy, "off the record," about his suspicion (which he was correct about, unbeknownst to him), that it was in fact Tony that assassinated Ralphie over a horse. Albert was a good earner while Larry Boy was away. Silvio once commented to Paulie that he was bringing in more than him.
Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese
Nicholas "Nicky Spags" Spagnelli
- Played by: David Francis Calderazzo
- Appears in: "Mayham"
Soldier in the Barese Crew. Seen celebrating at the hospital, with other members of the crew, after Tony Soprano awakes from his coma.
Altieri/Gervasi crew associates
James "Jimmy" Altieri
- Played by: Joe Badalucco
- Appears in: "Meadowlands", "Pax Soprana", "Boca", "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti", "Nobody Knows Anything", "Isabella", "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano", "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power"
Former capo in the DiMeo/Soprano crime family. Present at Christmas celebrations in 1995, in a flashback scene in the episode, "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power."
James "Jimmy" Altieri is a caporegime in the DiMeo Crime Family. Jimmy possesses many similar characteristics to his peers such as Big Pussy Bonpensiero. He has thick black hair and is obese, as Tony noted the informants were 'two fat fucks with black hair'. Jimmy first appears on the show in the episode "Meadowlands" at a "Captain's Dinner", discussing Junior. Jimmy had to have been a capo since at least 1995 because he appears in a flashback sequence during a 95' Christmas Party celebration in the season 3 episode "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power". In the episode "Nobody Knows Anything", Jimmy was arrested for gun charges while running an illegal card game. The FBI found pool tables full of guns. He was probably "flipped" at this time, although it was never proven. Big Pussy Bonpensiero was also present and arrested but was already working for the feds at this point (Agent Skip Lipari stated he had been with them since 1998. Although, it is interesting to note that Tony thinks Pussy "flipped" in 1995). Very little is known about Altieri, for his existence on the show is brief and is rarely emphasized in the episodes in which he does appear. Jimmy was married to Franni Altieri and had a son, James Altieri Jr., revealed in "Commendatori". Jimmy and Tony were the youngest captains.
Vin Makazian, Tony's inside detective (who works clandestinely for Tony and does his dirty work from time to time, which included observing Dr. Melfi), informs Tony that Big Pussy Bonpensiero is "wired for sound" (that is he is an informant). Tony finds this very difficult to believe. Shortly after Jimmy's arrest, he is released. He shows up one night at Tony's home during dinner. He and Tony walk into the basement where Jimmy begins asking Tony a lot of questions, making Tony very suspicious. Tony finds Jimmy's behavior very peculiar and also believes he was released too promptly after his arrest. Tony then begins to suspect that Makazian mistook Jimmy for Pussy as they are similar in appearance. Pussy abruptly disappears after being confronted by Paulie Gualtieri. Earlier in the episode, Vin Makazian, who had suffered from chronic depression, had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge, so Tony was not able to confirm whether Vin had confused Jimmy and Pussy. Tony decides to go with his instincts and decides that Jimmy is an informant. At a meeting with other administrators and capos, it is apparent to everyone else Jimmy is acting somewhat odd. As such, Uncle Junior sanctioned a hit on Jimmy and said he wanted a message to be sent. Christopher lured Jimmy to a hotel room in Times Square with a beautiful Russian girl as bait. Once Jimmy was seated in the room, Silvio came in and put a gun to the back of his head. Jimmy realized what was about to happen and went for a gun in his ankle holster, but Christopher beat him to it. Christopher and Silvio taunt him by saying he should call for help down his microphone (a wire) - at which point Silvio shot him in the back of his head. Given that he said "Mother of God", and "Oh my God" under his breath in a serious way and didn't deny being a rat when he was at gunpoint, it likely was true that Jimmy was an informant. As for the message, Jimmy's body was found in an alley with a rat stuffed in his mouth. Christopher even went so far as to call in a bomb threat to Jimmy's wake, to which Dante replied, "See now, that's over the top." Carlo Gervasi subsequently takes over Jimmy's abandoned crew after Jimmy's demise.
- Played by: Frank John Hughes
- First appears in: "Walk like a Man", "Kennedy and Heidi", "The Second Coming", "The Blue Comet", "Made in America"
Walden Belfiore was a soldier in the DiMeo Crime Family, and played a small but pivotal role during the show's final episodes. Belfiore was a soldier in the Gervasi crew and thus an assumed soldier in the Gualtieri crew, which succeeded Gervasi's. Walden was named after singer Bobby Darin, born Walden Robert Cassotto. He is presumably related to Angie Bonpensiero, whose maiden name is also Belfiore, though it's never explicitly stated. He was first seen accompanying Carlo Gervasi to a meeting at the Bada Bing and also visited Tony Soprano following the death of Christopher Moltisanti, going to great pains to reassure the others of Gervasi's imminent arrival. Walden was also a bodyguard for Tony Soprano at the safe-house when Tony goes into hiding after the death of Bobby Bacala and the incapacitation of Silvio Dante. In the final episode of the series, Benny Fazio and Belfiore locate Lupertazzi family boss Phil Leotardo at a Raceway gas station and Belfiore fatally shoots Phil in the head and chest before making a quick getaway with Fazio in his Chrysler 300. Belfiore holds the unique honor of committing the 92nd and final on-screen murder of the series.
Terrence "Terry" Doria
Member/soldier of Carlo Gervasi's crew. His last name is supposedly derived from Andrea Doria, the Genoese condottiere and admiral who also had the famous vessel SS Andrea Doria named after him. Terry is a member of the ILA and a dock foreman who is responsible for monitoring incoming shipments through New Jersey ports, and worked with Benny Fazio to track down Vespa scooters that Johnny Sack kept hidden from Tony. Part of the group that went to looking for Vito Spatafore at his comare's beach house following the revelation that he was homosexual. When Spatafore returned to town, he ran into Doria who then asked to borrow money for child support payments. After Spatafore's death Doria was pleased to have timed his borrowing so well, knowing that since Vito Spatafore is dead he will not have to pay back any off the money he borrowed.
- Played by: Artie Pasquale
- Appears in: "In Camelot", "Luxury Lounge", "Johnny Cakes", "The Ride", "Kennedy and Heidi", "The Blue Comet"
A younger paternal cousin to Carlo Gervasi, Burt was made a formal member of the Soprano crime family in 2006, at the same time as Phil Leotardo's soldier Gerry Torciano was made a capo in the Lupertazzi family. He lives with his wife Lorraine and toy terrier Spencer. Gerry Torciano and Burt were given a joint celebration by the New Jersey and New York families at Nuovo Vesuvio where Burt was seated between Carlo and Gerry. Burt helped Patsy to make collections shortly after he became a made man and also attended Christopher Moltisanti's belated bachelor party; and later his funeral. According to Silvio Dante, Burt was eventually swayed to take the side of the Lupertazzi Family, and went to Sil to convince him to go along in a coup d'état, but as we see at the beginning of "The Blue Comet" Sil responded by strangling him to death in his home the next day.
An elder wiseguy who grew up in the era of Feech La Manna who has risen to the rank of capo in the DiMeo crime family. After his son is arrested for drug dealing, Carlo apparently strikes a deal with the FBI, and is ready to give Grand Jury testimony against Tony in the series finale.
Salvatore "Sammy" Grigio
- Played by: Salvatore Piro
- Appears in: "Pax Soprana"
Ran a card game for the Altieri crew that was violently beaten up by Mikey Palmice despite being under Jimmy Altieri's protection. This occurred in 1999 shortly after Junior became acting boss and the capos felt it was a sign Junior was abusing his new position. Other than Jimmy, the crew leader, he was the only known member in the Altieri crew in 1999.
Vincent "Vinny Pitts" Pisaturo
- Played by: Gino Carafelli
- Appears in: "Cold Cuts"
Soldier in Carlo Gervasi's crew. Responsible for monitoring incoming shipments through NJ ports.
Other members of the Soprano/DiMeo New Jersey crime family
When Tony and Bobby Bacala watch the news about the release of Tony Blundetto and Michele "Feech" La Manna in the first episode of Season 5, the news reporter states that both La Manna and Blundetto were prime suspects in the car-bomb killing of Thomas "Tommy" Gilardi and his driver. It is not mentioned whether Tommy Gilardi was a Caporegime or a made guy, but the fact that he had a driver implies that Gilardi must have been a high-ranking member during the 1980s, under former Boss Ercoli "Eckley" DiMeo.
"Fat" Jerry Anastasia
- Played by: Mike Memphis
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
Jimmy was an associate of the DiMeo–Soprano crime family, who doubled as a legitimate Elvis impersonator and hired entertainer. He was born and raised in Dover, New Jersey. He does not resemble the young Elvis, but has the image of how Presley appeared circa 1977 around the time of his death. Jimmy styles his hair in the classic 1950s duck tail like Dean Martin. In his home it is shown that he has a ceramic bust of Elvis. Sal Bonpensiero and Agent Skip Lipari met him in a party store somewhere in New Jersey. Pussy introduced Skip as a "friend of ours" from Delaware to make Jimmy believe that Skip was a made man and not an FBI agent. Jimmy was skeptical as he said he had never met any connected guys from Delaware. Pussy was afraid that Jimmy would tell someone about having seen him and Skip so Pussy killed him with a hammer in his own home. Jimmy Bones is the nickname of a mobster used in a Richard Pryor comedy skit in That Nigger's Crazy when Richard discusses working at a "Mafia night club" in Youngstown, Ohio.
- Played by: Unseen character
- Referenced in: "D-Girl"
Christopher Moltisanti tells Jon Favreau and Amy Safir the story of a wiseguy he knew, a made man who received a blowjob from a girl only to discover it was really a man. In revenge for the embarrassment the wiseguy burnt him with acid. Chris doesn't say his name at the time as he can't risk other people finding out but upon seeing that Favreau used it in his script Chris remarked "this is Joey Cipollini's story". Amy says that there is no character named Cipollini indicating this was the mobsters real name.
Raymond "Buffalo Ray" Curto
Rocco "Rocky" DiMeo
Rocco DiMeo was a member of the DiMeo crime family in New Jersey. Rocco was a feared mobster in his day but lost some credibility when Richie Aprile bested him in a fist fight in the 1970s and took his leather jacket, after this brawl, Rocco was ashamed at being beaten by Richie and left New Jersey. He later developed Alzheimer's. Richie later presented the jacket as a present to Tony Soprano.
Michele "Feech" La Manna
- Played by: Robert Loggia
- Appears in: "Two Tonys", "Rat Pack", "Where's Johnny?", "All Happy Families..."
An original gangster who was "made" in Italy, Feech came over to America in the 1950s and settled in Northern New Jersey where he became involved with the DiMeo crime family, then under the leadership of boss Ercole 'Eckley' DiMeo. Paulie Walnuts calls him "The King of Breadsticks" because he owns a bakery and catering company. A contemporary of Giovanni "Johnny Boy" Soprano and Corrado "Junior" Soprano, Feech had become one of the most respected and feared capos in the DiMeo family by the 1970s. However, his status did not prevent a young Jackie Aprile, Sr. and Tony Soprano from robbing his card game, and thereby solidifying their status as rising stars in the organization. Despite Feech's anger at having been robbed, Jackie's older brother, Richie Aprile, then a high-ranking earner and soldier in the family, intervened on Tony and Jackie's behalf and got Tony and Jackie a pass. They were also helped by the fact that both Tony's father and uncle were powerful capos under DiMeo.
In 1984, Feech was convicted of criminal charges and began serving a twenty year sentence. In 2004, his sentence was up and he returned to North Jersey to, in his own words, 'get back in the game'.
Feech went to see Tony Soprano, the new boss of North Jersey, and requested his card game back, as well as permission to get back in the action. Tony acquiesced, on the condition that Feech not step on anybody's toes. However, Feech soon got into trouble. After a power struggle with Paulie Walnuts over landscaping, Feech stole cars from Dr. Ira Fried's daughter's wedding. Previously, during a card game, Tony had made it clear that Dr. Fried was a friend and was not to be touched, but Feech went ahead with his plan anyway. Tony realized that Feech still thought of him as a kid, and did not believe that he owed him the respect of the boss. Tony, having learned from his experience with Richie Aprile, indicated to Silvio that things needed to be "nipped in the bud". Tony instructed Christopher Moltisanti and Benny Fazio to convince Feech to keep a truck of stolen plasma screen televisions in his garage. When a different parole officer suddenly appeared at his home and discovered the televisions, Feech was arrested, and ended up back in prison. Because of Feech's old age, it is likely he would stay in prison for the remainder of his life.
Gennaro "Little Pussy" Malanga
Little Pussy is an old enemy of Uncle Junior. When Junior wants to have him killed, he plans for the hit to occur in Vesuvio - Artie Bucco's restaurant. Tony, aware that this murder would destroy his friend's business, sought an alternative which would allow Artie to build a new restaurant with fire insurance money. Soon after the hit was planned, Malanga (appearing in a wheelchair) was arraigned by the authorities when he returned to New Jersey from Florida. News footage of the charges was seen by Tony's crew, so Tony acted quickly and took the advice of Hesh Rabkin to send Silvio Dante to start a fire at the restaurant so the hit must occur elsewhere.
The only other significant mention of Malanga is when Tony says to Junior that he's been dead "six years now" in the Season 6 premiere episode "Members Only". However, Junior's dementia causes him to believe that Tony is Little Pussy when he shoots him in the same episode. He is loosely based on, by nickname only, New Jersey mobster Anthony "Little Pussy" Russo.
Romeo Martin was a former member of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family who received $50,000 from Johnny Boy Soprano upon his release from prison to get him back on his feet. He shares the same name as a Patriarca crime family associate Romeo "Scarface" Martin who was a prime suspect behind the 1978 Blackfriars Massacre which left five people dead in Boston over a drug deal gone wrong.
Francesco "Fritzie" Nesti
Fritzie Nesti is an associate or soldier of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family. Christopher Moltisanti warns Matthew Bevilaqua and Sean Gismonte about Silvio Dante's behavior while gambling with a story wherein Silvio was down $50,000 in a card game. At some point he sneezes and Fritzie says "salut'" Silvio thinks he says something else. Silvio then blames Fritzi for his losing streak for the rest of the game. A person named Fritzie in Boston is mentioned by Christopher in "Members Only", whether this is the same Fritzie is unclear however.
Francesco "Cicci" Sasso
- Played by: Nick Riao
- Appears in: "Down Neck"
Cicci Sasso is maternal cousin to "Johnny Boy" Soprano. He is a former member in the DiMeo/Soprano crime family, and was one of the mobsters meeting with Johnny Boy Soprano at an amusement park near the Soprano home Down Neck Newark in the 1960s. When the park was raided by police, Cicci attempted to escape and was shot in the kneecap, which Tony notes later disqualified him from service in the Vietnam War. It is not known whether he was related to Joseph "Beppy" Sasso of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family.
Kevin "Hair" Sharkey
- Played by:
- Appears in: "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti"
Kevin is a soldier of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family. His picture appears on the FBI board after Junior's dinner in 1999 and is possibly one of those who were indicted at the end of season one.
Business and front operators
- Played by: Manny Siverio
- Appears in: "46 Long"
He is a Hispanic garment truck driver for Comley Trucking - an organization under Junior Soprano's protection and constantly robbed by Soprano crew associate Brendan Filone. He was accidentally killed in a hijack attempt led by Brendan when Special K dropped his gun. His transport truck and his shipment of Italian suits, with several taken by Tony Soprano and Silvio Dante is returned by Christopher. The Comley Trucking foreman was an associate of Corrado Junior who tips off Moltisanti of shipments to hijack. This death enrages Junior Soprano and is resolved by executing Brendan Filone and ordering a mock execution for Christopher Moltisanti.
A practicing hassidic Jew who worked with his father-in-law, Shlomo Teitlemann - a hotel owner. Ariel tried to use his ending marriage to negotiate a 50% share in his hotel. Shlomo contracted the Soprano family to intimidate Ariel into walking away. Ariel refused to back down despite a severe beating, death threats and finally caved at threatened castration. Ariel negotiated a 15% share to ensure an amicable divorce.
Richard "Dick" Barone owned and operated Barone sanitation - a front business for the Soprano crew that also handled their legitimate garbage hauling routes. In 1999 the Triborough Towers route was subject to a bidding war between Barone and Kolar Brothers Sanitation. Dick Barone was part of the crews discussions about the problem and was at Satriale's when Christopher Moltisanti took it upon himself to deal with the issue and murder Emil Kolar. Chris' action led to the Kolar Bros. withdrawing their bid which Dick was happy to report to Tony.
In 2000, Dick attended the Garbagemen's Ball alongside "Waste Management Consultant" Tony Soprano.
Dick died a well-respected businessman in 2006 from Lou Gehrig's disease. His funeral was attended by many members of the Soprano crime family. Dick was survived by his wife, Helen Barone, and son, Jason. Following his death, Barone Sanitation was bought out by Lupertazzi crime family firm, Cinelli Sanitation.
Victor "Vic" Caputo
- Played by: Joseph Leone
- Appears in: "Johnny Cakes"
Victor "Vic" Caputo is the manager of Caputo's Poultry - a small business in the neighborhood around the Satriale's meat market. It's also a front, a Bookie is being run in the building. Tony Soprano is Caputo's landlord and he also pays protection to Patsy Parisi. Vic is forced to move his business when Tony sells the property in 2006. Tony had misgivings about the sale, partially due to his sense of loyalty to Vic and because Caputo's had been in the neighborhood since Tony's childhood, but eventually the offer was too high for him to resist. Vic complains to Patsy about the juice company that has bought the building.
- Played by: Brian Anthony Wilson
- Appears in: "Fortunate Son"
Manager of a betting shop that was given to Christopher as his first piece of business after becoming a made man.
Adriana La Cerva
E. Gary La Manna
- Played by: Michael Cavalieri
- Referenced in: "Where's Johnny?"
He is a nephew of Michele "Feech" La Manna who is involved in running La Manna landscaping - one of Feech's legitimate businesses. He is the brother of Jimmy La Manna. However La Manna Landscaping become involved in a turf war with Paulie Gualtieri's friends gardening firm Vitro Gardening and Paulie injured Jimmy by hitting him in the head with a shovel and Gary La Manna by having him fall out of tree and most likely fracture his femur and break a shin bone from the fall.
James "Jimmy" La Manna
Feech La Manna's nephew involved in running La Manna landscaping - one of Feech's legitimate businesses. However, La Manna Landscaping become involved in a turf war with Paulie Walnuts' friends gardening firm Vitro Gardening and Paulie injured Gary and his brother Jimmy La Manna. He suffers a concussion after being hit with the head with a shovel and broken arm from Paulie.
"Black" Jack Massarone
Owner of Massarone Construction, sometimes referred to as "Black" Jack Massarone. The Soprano crew had an interest in Massarone's construction company. In 2000 Jack was the unwitting victim of a shakedown - black protesters caused work to cease at one of his sites by picketing because they thought his employment policies were racist. He paid Tony Soprano to intervene on his behalf and Tony organized a gang of mob associates to break up the protest. Tony had actually orchestrated the protest through his contact Reverend James, Jr. Massarone Construction was later involved in Soprano construction schemes like the Esplanade project and HUD scam.
In 2004, Jack had become a federal informant and wore a wire concealed in a baseball cap to several meetings with Tony. Tony realized something was wrong when he was tipped off by Patsy Parisi that one of his meetings with Massarone was staked-out by the FBI. Raising Tony's suspicions further was the fact that Massarone gave him a framed picture of the Rat Pack at that meeting, and later asked him if he had lost weight. Jack was murdered and found in the trunk of his car with a golf club cover stuffed in his mouth - a message that his killers knew he was talking to the feds.
- Played by: Sig Libowitz
- Appears in: "Denial, Anger, Acceptance", "The Happy Wanderer", "Funhouse", "Luxury Lounge"
A practicing Chassidic Jew and co-owner of The Fly Away Motel. In 1999 his brother-in-law Ariel used his ending marriage to negotiate a share in the Teitlemann's motel where he had worked for his whole life. However, Hillel's father Shlomo contracted the Soprano family to intimidate Ariel against Hillel's advice. Unfortunately for Hillel the Soprano family also got a share in the business and in 2000 Hillel was still working at the motel and facilitating their business there - prostitution and the "executive game"—a high-stakes poker game—which Hilell later complains to Paulie Walnuts and Silvio Dante about, angering them greatly due to the fact of all the business they bring the hotel. In 2006 Hillel was involved in Benny Fazio's credit card number scheme - selling card information to Soprano crew associate Murmur.
A practicing Chassidic Jew and co-owner of the Flyaway Motel. Father of Hillel Teitlemann. In 1999 Teitlemann hired the Soprano crew to settle a dispute with his son-in-law Ariel. His daughter wanted a divorce but Ariel would not leave without a 50% share in the business because he had spent his life working in the family motel. An amicable solution was eventually brokered - the divorce was to go through for a 15% share in the motel to the son-in-law. Because he had organized his own solution Teitlemann tried to pay the Sopranos off with cash instead of the promised share in the business - Tony refused this and insisted on his promised 25%. Teitlemann was left with a worse deal than before he involved the Mafia - 40% of his business still gone but now he was partnered with the mob. The crew uses the motel for meetings, illegal business, prostitution and to host the executive game.
Maurice was an African-American college friend of Ronald Zellman. In 2002 he was married with two sons. Maurice worked with charitable organizations for many years eventually becoming disillusioned and embittered by the lack of real change he effected. Zellman put Maurice in touch with Tony Soprano in 2002 to work a scam defraudng the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Maurice bought houses in poor neighborhoods with the promise of cleaning them up using HUD loans; he would later default on the loans, claiming that the project had soured and walking away with a share of the money. He is a philanthropist and large supporter of charity work who organized a Youth Outreach Program for troubled and homeless adolescence. He is told by Zellman to hire some delinquents to steal a car and shoot up one of the homes to clear out drug addicts and dealers operating there.
- Played by: Sharif Rashed
- Appears in: "46 Long"
One of Brendan Filone's African-American goons involved in robbing Comley trucking shipments under the protection of Uncle Junior. His name is a derivative of the name Antoine. He accompanies Brendan and Special K on a heist even after Junior had made Brendan and Chris pay tribute for robbing his trucks. He holds his gun sideways. When Special K drops his gun and the ricochet bullet kills the truck driver, Antjuan and Special K run off, leaving Brendan to face the consequences, and ultimately, be punished.
William Johnson "Petite" Clayborn
- Played by: John Eddins
- Appears in: "Isabella"
Contracted by Junior's crew to kill Tony Soprano via intermediary Donnie Paduana. First attempt was aborted when Christopher inadvertently boxed in the car the would-be assassins were using. Clayborn attempted to get Christopher to move pretending to be a police officer, but to no avail. The second attempt also failed and Clayborn was accidentally shot and killed by his partner Rasheen Ray.
Credenzo Curtis and Stanley Johnson
- Played by: Curtiss Cook and Universal
- Appears in: "Whitecaps"
Well-supplied African-American heroin dealers who were the regular providers of Christopher Moltisanti's addiction which would later trouble Christopher for his entire life. They are contracted by Christopher Moltisanti to kill Carmine Lupertazzi on orders from Tony Soprano. When it was decided that the hit was unnecessary Chris lured them to a meeting in the Meadowlands to give them the rest of their payment. He had them killed by Benny Fazio and Petey La Rosa before they could leave.
- Played by: Richard Bright
- Appears in: "The Weight"
Lou "DiMaggio" Gallina
- Played by: John Castellana
- Appears in: "The Weight"
An old hitman of the Atwell Avenue Crew. Him and his crew are recommended to Tony by Uncle Junior to take out the contract on John Sacramoni. The hit never took place. His nickname allegedly referred to Italian-American baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.
Italo and Salvatore
- Played by: Carlo Giuliano and Peter Allas
- Appears in: "Luxury Lounge", "The Blue Comet" (Italo only)
A pair of Italian hitmen from the Naples-based Camorra the Soprano family has close ties with. Tony refers to them as the "tailors", "cousins", or "zips". They are hired to assassinate Rusty Millio as a favor to Johnny Sack, and succeed, killing Rusty and his bodyguard, Eddie Pietro. Later, Italo and Roberto, a fellow Neapolitan hitman, are hired to assassinate Phil Leotardo, but in a case of mistaken identity Italo murders Yarnya, Phil's housemaid and mistress, and her elderly father, who looks remarkably like Phil in a brutal double homicide which is later reported in the newspapers and on television due to their execution style murders.
The pair are given orders through Corky Caporale, Christopher Moltisanti's drug-addled associate, because he speaks fluent Italian, and the two speak little English.
- Played by: Touche
- Appears in: "Isabella"
Contracted by Junior's crew to kill Tony Soprano via intermediary Donnie Paduana. First attempt was aborted when Christopher boxed in the car the would be assassins were using. The second attempt also failed and Rasheen accidentally shot and killed his partner William "Petite" Clayborn. Tony dragged Rasheen along as he drove away eventually letting him go. Junior's crew severed the link between themselves and Rasheen by killing Donnie Paduana, so Rasheen most likely escaped. He was shown to drive a, then new, 1999 Ford Taurus.
One of Brendan Filone's goons involved in robbing Comley trucking shipments under the protection of Uncle Junior. He accompanies Brendan and Antjuan on a heist even after Junior had made Brendan and Chris pay tribute for robbing his trucks. He pretends to be able to drive a truck when he really can't and he accidentally drops his gun when exiting the vehicle. The gun discharged when it hit the ground and the ricochet bullet killed Hector Anthony, the driver. Special K flees the scene along with Antjuan and Brendan ends up getting punished for the accident. The name "Special K" is both a brand of Kelloggs breakfast cereal and a slang term for the drug ketamine.
Other criminal associates
Ahmed and Muhammad
- Played by: Taleb Adlah and Donnie Keshawarz
- Appear in: "Join the Club", "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request", "Luxury Lounge", "Kaisha", "Chasing It"
Muslim associates of Christopher. They are frequent customers at the Bing and seek help from Chris in acquiring stolen credit cards and TEC-9 semi-automatic pistols. Tony and Christopher suspect them of being an Al-Qaeda sleeper cell. Tony passed their names and Ahmed's cell phone number to the FBI and later passes details of their merchant bank to Agent Harris hoping to gain information on Phil Leotardo's location in return.
Augustino "Little Augie" Aprile
A mob figure well known enough for Dr. Elliot Kupferberg to assume that Dr. Melfi was treating him when her real patient was Tony Soprano. It is not known whether he was a paternal relative of Jackie Aprile, Sr. or a member of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family. Because Dr. Melfi is a psychiatrist, it is assumed by the inquiry by Dr. Kupferberg that Augusto Aprile either is known to demonstrate psychotic behavior or anger management issues for needing to actually see a psychiatrist. Then again, it could just be that Dr. Kupferberg is confusing names, and that there is no such character.
- Played by: Raffaele Giulivo
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
Joseph "Joey" Cogo
A criminal associate of Christopher, sometimes referred to as "Giovanni" and in a payment dispute. Furio and Chris beat him badly in season four and Adriana La Cerva witnesses the beating. Later, in season 5, Adriana is given photos of Cogo's deceased body and she mentions that she knew him.
Debbie was the madam of a brothel sometimes visited by Soprano crime family associates. Raymond Curto and Detective Vin Makazian were arrested there in 1999. After Vin's suicide, Debbie received some consolation from Tony and she revealed a long friendship with the troubled Makazian.
- Played by: Jessy Terrero
- Appears in: "A Hit Is a Hit"
He is a wealthy Colombian drug trafficker killed by Paulie Walnuts as a final warning to his organization that they were operating on Soprano family territory. He was running his drug distribution center in the basement of a New Jersey apartment complex. Paulie and Big Pussy also steal a lot of cash from his hotel room. Paulie notifies Tony of Gallegos' death by saying "Juan Valdez has been separated from his donkey", a reference to the Colombian coffee commercials.
Angelo Giacalone was an unseen character referenced by Ray Curto to Agent Sanseverino. In the final moments of his life, Curto implicated Tony Soprano in the murder of an Angelo Giacalone, and claimed to have Tony talking about the hit on tape.
An Ecstasy dealer who has had some association with Soprano/DiMeo business over the years. He was often found in and around the Crazy Horse club owned by Adriana LaCerva, and initially Furio and Chris were hostile to him and threw him off the premises. With the reassurance of Jackie Jr. he returned to dealing outside the club and was put in the hospital by Furio, in traction with his jaw wired shut. Matush was later recruited as a driver in Jackie Junior's failed robbery of a card game in 2001. He bolted with the car as soon as the robbery went awry leaving Dino Zerilli to be caught and killed and forcing Jackie Jr. to improvise his own escape. He is also a close friend of unfortunate card-game stick up man Carlo Renzi. He is most likely the drug dealer for Jackie Aprile, Jr., Dino Zerilli and Carlo Renzi.
In 2004 Matush had returned to dealing at the Crazy Horse - Ade's drug habit and Furio's disappearance made the club more welcoming. He murdered an upset customer, named Gilbert Nieves, in Ade's office and forced her to help him dispose of the body. Another dealer, Kamal, was also involved. This was recorded by FBI surveillance outside and was instrumental in Ade's attempt to flip Christopher that resulted in her death. In Season 6, Agent Harris, in a conversation with Chris, implied that Matush was either sympathetic to extremist Muslim groups or involved in a terrorist group in some capacity.
Detective Barry Haydu
- Played by: Tom Mason
- Appears in: "For All Debts Public and Private"
Barry Haydu was a Detective-Lieutenant with the Clifton, New Jersey police force for thirty years, until his retirement in 2001. Haydu was the investigating officer in the killing of Dickie Moltisanti. The night he was murdered, he came home from his retirement party wearing a Hawaiian shirt and plastic leis around his neck. Tony told Christopher that Haydu was also responsible for his father's death. According to Tony, Haydu was a heavy gambler with serious debts back when he was a rookie cop. Haydu performed contract killings to stave off his debts and Dickie was named a target for Haydu by "Jilly" Ruffalo after Dickie gouged out Jilly's eye in a prison fight. When Christopher asked why Haydu was allowed to live Tony said that he had been useful, but now that he was retiring his usefulness had come to an end. Christopher remembered being told that it was a cop that killed his father.
Christopher broke into Haydu's home and waited for him to return from his retirement party. Chris surprised Haydu and knocked him out, handcuffing him to a staircase so he could question him. Haydu awoke with Christopher watching Magnum, P.I.. Haydu denied any involvement in Dickie's death but Chris states that it doesn't really matter because Tony wanted Haydu dead either way. Chris then turns up the volume on the television all the way and proceeds to shoot Haydu twice with his own service pistol. Chris placed the gun back in Haydu's hand staging the crime scene to look like a suicide.
- Played by: Christopher J Quinn
- Appears in: "Pax Soprana"
Rusty is a small-time Irish-American Newark, New Jersey drug dealer who is blamed for the death of a teenage boy by Junior Soprano. The boy, grandson of Corrado Soprano's tailor, committed suicide during a drug induced psychosis after buying drugs from Rusty. Mikey Palmice, along with Joseph Marino, threw Rusty off a bridge in 1999, on behalf of Junior. Rusty was associated with the Larry Barese crew, and was its biggest earner. Larry Boy Barese was angered that Mikey killed Rusty, without approaching him for consultation first, and thought of this as a sign that Junior was abusing his new position as boss of the DiMeo crime family.
A bodyguard and friend who is in rap artist Massive Genius' crew. He first approached Christopher and Adriana to make an introduction between them and Massive. He also attended the sit down Massive has with Hesh Rabkin.
Reverend Herman James, Jr.
- Played by: Gregory Alan Williams
- Appears in: "Do Not Resuscitate", "Proshai, Livushka", "He Is Risen"
Made a secret deal with Tony, assisting in a shake down of a construction firm: James organized a group of protesters, who Soprano associates then attacked, adding drama to the protest. James and Soprano then split the earnings. Son of the Reverend Herman James, Sr. Attended Livia Soprano's funeral. A friend of Assemblyman Ronald Zellman.
- Played by: Homie Doroodian
- Appears in: "Long Term Parking"
Kamal is a Muslim drug dealer who worked alongside Matush at The Crazy Horse. Helped Matush murder Gilbert Nieves in an argument over drugs in 2004. They are recognized as having murdered Nieves after Adrianna La Cerva walks in and sees them standing over the body.
Eli is the son-in-law of Hesh Rabkin. Made collections for Hesh in Leotardo family territory in 2006. Was attacked by Jimmy Lauria, a Leotardo associate, upon leaving a Chinese restaurant with Hesh — the Leotardo crew did not realize Eli had been acting on Hesh's behalf. Jimmy and two cohorts burned Hesh and Eli out of their car, hit Hesh and beat up Eli. Eli fled into the street and was then hit by a car. He was hospitalized by the accident.
Emil is a Czech American, graduated from West Essex High School, and was involved in varsity football at the same time Christopher Moltisanti's cousin was enrolled. He is a recreational cocaine user. He is murdered by Christopher in Satriale's Pork Store, with the dubious distinction of being the first on-screen casualty in The Sopranos. Emil's wealthy family is involved in the New Jersey waste management business. At the time of his execution, his family's waste sanitation corporation is involved in a contract bidding war over garbage routes controlled by the Soprano family's front organization, Barone Sanitation. Chris lured him to Satriale's under the pretense of seeking an amicable solution to the problem. Chris calls Emil "Email" several times at Satriale's, before "whacking" him. Chris killed Emil without authorization from the family in an effort to gain recognition and rise through the ranks. Big Pussy helped Chris dispose of the body, and later Chris and Georgie (the bartender/bouncer at the Bing) move the body as Chris becomes paranoid after dreaming about Emil (in "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti"). They bury the body on the grounds of Pat Blundetto's farmhouse, from where Chris and Tony Blundetto are forced to move it a third time after the land is sold to developers (in "Cold Cuts"). The bones are broken up and thrown in the bottom of a lake.
- Played by: Marc Bonan
- Appears in: "Soprano Home Movies"
He is the estranged Brother in law to a French-speaking French-Canadian Quebecer who was supplying Tony Soprano with the prescription drug Labetalol that they were smuggling from Canada at an agreed price. He is a follower of Bohemian and Rastafari movement culture by having natty dreadlock type hair. Rene had divorced from the Quebecer's sister and as a result the two were involved in a dispute over custody of their child. It is suggested that he is only battling over custody of their child in a vain attempt to have his wife make amends and come back to him. He is negligent of his alimony and child support checks. The Quebecers agreed to drop the price of the Labetalol if Tony organized someone to "take care of the problem", meaning Rene. Tony appointed Bobby to do the hit. Bobby followed Rene into the laundry room of his apartment building and shot him in the chest, leaving him choking for breath on the floor. Earlier in the episode Tony had pointed out that Bobby had yet to kill anyone unlike his father who was referred to as a "Terminator". Bobby then finished the job and shot LeCours in the head, and quickly fled the scene.
Alex is a CPA who is employed at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association involved in a scam defrauding Medicare companies with Hesh and Tony by filing false claims for non-existent clients. Alexander is a compulsive gambler. He was reluctant to get involved but was in debt to and had bad mouthed Tony. Alex attempted to run away on foot. Tony chases him across his accounting firm's property with Christopher's car and strikes him with the car. He breaks his leg, after which Christopher and Tony administered a beating for the insult. Hesh and Big Pussy convinced him to participate in the scheme to work off his gambling debt by taking him up to the Great Falls in Paterson and implying that a refusal would get him thrown over.
- Played by: John Heard
- Appears in: "Meadowlands", "Pax Soprana", "Boca", "Nobody Knows Anything", "The Test Dream"
Vin Makazian was a Newark, New Jersey police detective who fed information to Tony Soprano. Tony also used Vin as an investigator, engaging Vin to find information about Dr. Melfi when Tony first started therapy in 1998. Vin was over-enthusiastic in this role, having misunderstood the relationship between Tony and Dr. Melfi as a romantic one, not a professional one. He tailed her and pulled her car over, beating up her companion unprovoked and chastising her for being out with a man he refers to as "hamburger, when you've got prime rib at home." Vin later told Tony that he had taken photographs of Melfi undressing from outside her home, if he's interested, to which Tony replies with disgust. Vin was responsible for informing Tony that Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero was a rat, prompting Tony's suspicions of Pussy, though this was later seemingly dismissed when Tony found out Vin owed Pussy $30,000 dollars in gambling debts, and Vin would like to see Pussy taken out to absolve him of said debt.
Makazian frequented an illegal brothel and had a relationship with the madam there. He was arrested at the brothel along with Soprano crime family capo Raymond Curto during a police raid. Vin later committed suicide, by leaping off the Donald Goodkind Bridge shortly after he was released from jail. Tony later visited the madam with whom Makazian had a therapeutic relationship, and she divulges to Tony that Makazian viewed him as a friend and, like Tony, was prone to depression. This leaves Tony depressed because he had always treated Makazian with disdain and never showed him any respect or kindness.
Vin appeared in the episode "The Test Dream" in Tony's titular dream as Meadow's fiance, Finn De Trolio's father. Tony's subconscious may have put the two together because of their similar sounding names.
- Played by: Frank Ciornei
- Appears in: "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", " Pine Barrens"
Slava is the apparent head of the Russian mob and a business associate of Tony Soprano and apparently has a lot of affection for Tony. He runs Tony's money laundering operations and helps him find the Russian taxi driver who attacked Janice Soprano. Later on in Series 3, Tony is concerned about meeting with Slava after Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisanti botch an attempt to kill Slava's friend Valery. Slava appears unaware of what has happened to Valery when Tony has a meeting with him at his restaurant, but reveals to Tony that they served together in the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and he loves Valery like a brother. This prompts Tony to insist to Paulie Walnuts that Valery must not be allowed to come back and tell of his ordeal. When Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisanti fail to find Valery in the Pine Barrens and Tony has to come and rescue them, Tony informs Paulie Walnuts that he will have to take any heat from Slava should Valery return. Valery's fate was never resolved by the end of the series.
Though Slava isn't seen again in the series, in "Chasing It", after having a meal with Paulie, Christopher and Bobby, Tony states that he's going to see Slava to liquify some offshore money.
Massive Genius is a successful rapper and music producer. In 1999 he met with Christopher Moltisanti and Adrianna La Cerva by chance at a fast food burger restaurant in New York City, where Chris offended the predominantly black customers by making several racially charged remarks about welfare and food stamps. Massive's crew were ready to start something but a police officer intervened, informing them that Chris was a soldier/associate with the Soprano crew who was soon to be a made man, and that the scuffle would be a bad idea in the long run for the group.
Massive approached Chris and invited him to a party at his home; Ade recognized him and insisted they attend. Massive's reasons for starting the association seemed to be twofold — he was interested in Ade and a member of his family had been involved with Soprano advisor/associate Herman "Hesh" Rabkin's former record label and was seeking money for a relative. Massive became involved in Ade's aspirations of becoming a music producer and listened to a demo tape she made. He also had Chris arrange a sitdown with Hesh, wherein it seemed violence might break out; however, Massive instead threatened litigation if payment was not forthcoming. In response, Hesh pointed out that Massive had illegally sampled a song to which Hesh owned the rights, and that if Massive should sue him, he would counter-sue. Massive's response was, "See you in court", but the matter was not referenced again throughout the series run.
- Played by: Richard Portnow
- Appears in: "Boca", "Do Not Resuscitate", "The Knight in White Satin Armor", "Another Toothpick", "Christopher", "Pie-O-My", "Whoever Did This", "Calling All Cars", "Eloise", "Whitecaps", "Where's Johnny?", "In Camelot", "The Test Dream"
Harold Melvoin (also known as Mel and Hal) is Junior Soprano's lawyer from 1999–2004. Following Junior's arrest on Federal Racketeering charges, Mel allows him to use his office to conduct business as it is one of the few places he is allowed to visit while under house arrest.
He conducts Junior's defense throughout his first RICO trial and helps Junior with such schemes as pretending that a (presumably) minor head injury on the courthouse steps has affected his capacity to stand trial.
After suffering a stroke which affects his ability to speak, Melvoin is fired by Junior, who considers his attorney's weakened condition a reminder of his own mortality.
- Played by: Shawn McLean
- Appears in: "Meadowlands"
"Yo-Yo" is a drug dealer who pays points to Christopher early on in his career. It is implied that his nickname comes from his constant usage of a yo-yo on his street corner, though he only makes one appearance in the series. During the war of 1999, Junior Soprano moves in on Christopher's territory and has "Yo-Yo" pay up to him instead. Upon hearing this, Christopher beats "Yo-Yo" on a street corner and says if he pays points to anyone but him that he's "coming back for your thumbs."
- Played by: David Margulies
- Appears in: "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office...", "Bust Out", "House Arrest", "Funhouse", "Mergers and Acquisitions", "All Due Respect", "Soprano Home Movies", "Made in America"
Tony Soprano's lawyer. Advises Tony to stay off the street and distance himself from the day-to-day work of his crew — this contributes to Tony's insulating himself by communicating through closely trusted friends whenever possible. In the final episode, "Made in America", Mink informs Tony that the government most likely will indict him on federal weapons charges stemming from the arrest made in "Soprano Home Movies" at the beginning of the season, and it is strongly implied that he could be facing jail time for it.
- Played by: Antonio Lubrano
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
Nino is probably a very high ranked member in the Zucca crime family in Naples, headed by Annalisa Zucca. He had a talk with Tony in Naples about Junior's car operation to conduct a new business deal.
- Played by: Herbert Rogers
- Appears in: "Remember When"
Willie was an independent bookmaker in Newark, New Jersey. He is executed by Tony Soprano in 1982 for not paying his protection money. Tony's father had entrusted Tony to perform the hit to "make his bones", allowing Tony to become a made man shortly thereafter. In 2007, the authorities began investigating the murder and exhumed Overall's remains from a basement. The murder was ultimately blamed on the late Jackie Aprile, Sr.
- Played by: Peter Mele
- Appears in: "Made in America"
Boss of one of the five New York families that bears his name. Tony reached out to Paglieri to broker a sitdown between Tony and the Lupertazzi crime family administration, as both families trusted him. He (and two of his associates seen frisking Tony and Paulie at the sitdown) are the only characters on the show who represented a New York family other than Lupertazzis.
- Played by: Guido Palliggiano
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
Herman "Hesh" Rabkin
- Played by: Ciro Maggio
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
Reuben "The Cuban" Santiago
- Played by: Yul Vazquez
- Appears in: "Christopher"
Reuben is a Cuban-American associate of the DiMeo crime family who has a fondness towards racing horses. He visits Hesh Rabkin's stables frequently. He and Hesh argue after Reuben compares Christopher Columbus to Hitler and Reuben leaves after they almost come to blows.
An associate of Hesh Rabkin who also works in the Atlantic City, New Jersey casino business with Mohunk Chief Doug Smith. Marty organizes a meeting between Tony Soprano and Chief Doug Smith during the civil unrest over Christopher Columbus Day. Later Marty organizes a night at the casino for Tony and friends and arranges for them to be flown home in the casino's private helicopter.
Chief Doug Smith
Doug Smith is the CEO of Mohank Casino (a pun on the Indian word Mohunk), who has used his tenuous family relative blood ties to Iroquois natives through his marriage to operate under laws that apply to them. Hesh puts Tony in touch with Doug Smith to try and settle a racial dispute about Christopher Columbus day. The chief is unable to help but gives Tony's crew a fully compensated visit at his casino. He reaches out to Tony to try and help him book Frankie Valli to play the casino.
Theodore "Teddy" Spirodakis
- Played by: Joseph Caniano
- Appears in: "Members Only"
Theodore "Teddy" Spirodakis is an untidy, obese Greek-American and compulsive gambler. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He is killed by Eugene Pontecorvo on orders from Christopher Moltisanti for not paying his gambling debts. He is extremely naive about dealing with organized crime and actually recognized Eugene, greeting him in a friendly manner before he was shot dead, seemingly totally unaware of his outstanding debts to Christopher.
- Played by: Giuseppe Zeno
- Appears in: "Commendatori"
- Played by: Vitali Baganov
- Appears in: "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power", "Pine Barrens"
Valery was a member of the Russian mob, acquainted with Tony Soprano through his business association with the organization. Valery was shown as a heavy drinker and volatile alcoholic who got into debt with Silvio Dante. He is fluent in both his native Russian language and English language. Valery had been a member of the Spetsnaz in his native Russia, and fought in Chechen Republic of Ichkeria during what is assumed to be the Second Chechen War, with 16 confirmed kills. Coming from poverty and hardship, Valery enjoys the wealthy and prosperous American lifestyle investing widely in state-of-the-art television, stereo system and other modern day commodities that he was deprived of in his home country. The Russian boss, Slava told Valery to pay the debt in order to keep up good relations with the Soprano Family. Slava also revealed to Tony that they served together in the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation and he loves Valery like a brother for saving his life; but wants Valery to sober up from his alcoholism and cocaine addiction.
Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisanti visit him at his apartment one morning to collect his payment, where Valery readily handed over the envelope of money and offered the two men vodka. Paulie, however, responded to a perceived slight by being intentionally careless with Valery's electronic equipment, causing a brawl in which the two believed they had killed Valery. They drove out to the Pine Barrens to dispose of him but when they arrived he was awake and had bitten through the tape they used to restrain him. They marched him into the snow to dig his own grave and laughed at him for being poorly dressed in winter, but Valery yelled in his native Russian that the Pine Barrens is nothing compared to the Russian tundra, then attacked an overconfident Paulie and Christopher with the shovel they gave him to dig with and escaped. Christopher and Paulie gave chase, firing as they ran, Paulie seemingly hit Valery in the head, but to the amazement of his pursuers, Valery got back up and continued running. The two men continue looking for him but eventually give up, and realize they're lost in the wilderness. Chris and Paulie then spend a miserable night in an abandoned van in the Pine Barrens. On rescuing the pair, Tony makes it clear that if Valery makes it back to North Jersey alive, it is Paulie who will have to deal with Slava, not him.
Valery's fate after this point is unclear. Valery's body was never found, and Paulie's car was stolen from the remote location where it was parked in the wilderness, although there is no way to tell if it was Valery who stole it, or just some local kids. An HBO promo shows notable characters who have been murdered over the course of the series and does show Valery as having died in this episode, but with a question mark, indicating that there is some doubt about this, as it was never conclusively stated, one way or another. By the time of the last episode, Made In America, Valery's fate is still unclear.
Shylock and known Philadelphia organized crime figure, of Ukrainian descent. He was killed in a car bomb hit that allegedly was plotted by Tony Soprano as a message to settle disputes over some DiMeo family's associates encroaching upon the South Jersey and Philadelphia shy business. FBI agent Skip Lipari references to him in a conversation with Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. Bonpensiero was seen by the FBI having dinner with Wyzchuck few weeks before the car bombing. Big Pussy also tells Lipari that Tony bought a pool table from Wyzchuck.
- Played by: Peter Riegert
- Appears in: "Proshai, Livushka", "Employee of the Month", "Another Toothpick", "For All Debts Public and Private", "Christopher", "Watching Too Much Television"
Ronald Zellman was an Assemblyman (member of the lower house of the state legislature) and acted as a political operative on behalf of the Soprano crime family. He aided them in securing the Esplanade construction contract. Ronald was a friend of the Reverend Herman James Jr. and they attended Livia Soprano's funeral together. Zellman was instrumental in having a traffic cop that gave Tony a speeding ticket removed from patrol and assigned to the evidence locker, where he was no longer eligible for overtime and ends up working in a garden center to make up the lost pay. Tony later regretted this and considered asking Zellman to move him back. But, after the officer displays attitude Tony doesn't like at the garden center (including refusing a large cash tip Tony offers him), Tony tells Zellman, "Fuck 'em." Zellman also helped Tony set up the HUD scam by introducing him to Maurice Tiffen, a friend of Zellman's from his days at the University of Michigan.
Zellman began dating Tony's ex comàre, Irina, in 2002. Tony initially gave them his blessing. He later changed his mind, arrived at Zellman's house, and proceeded to beat a shirtless Zellman with his belt. Irina left Zellman some time after this because he was no longer able to perform in bed after the humiliation. Although Tony and Zellman have not been shown meeting since the incident, he apparently is still on the payroll, after he became a State Senator in 2006. His influence allowed A.J. to be released from police custody, with no charges filed, following his failed attempt to kill his great-uncle Junior, in the Wycoff Rehabilitation Clinic.
The beautiful and curvaceous daughter of Zi Vittorio, head of the Neapolitan famiglia which is the Camorra a mafia-like criminal organization, or secret society, in the region of Campania and the city of Naples in Italy. She is also the wife of the acting Camorra boss, Mauro Zucca, who is currently serving a life sentence, and a distant cousin of Tony Soprano.
When Tony took over Junior's luxury car "export" business, he went over to visit "Zi" (Uncle) Vittorio in Naples to discuss the parameters of their arrangement. When he finally meets Zi Vittorio, Tony finds that he's a senile, wheelchair-using old man - and it is, in fact, Annalisa who runs the organization now. Tony finds this hard to accept at first, but eventually works out a deal with Annalisa — he would cut the price of the cars he supplies to Naples, in exchange for her to supply him with members of her organization. This resulted in Furio Giunta being sent over to the states, and later on with Tony being supplied with the hitmen to take care of the hit on Rusty Millio, and Philip "Phil" Leotardo (which resulted in his girlfriend and her father mistakenly getting killed).
Annalisa is known to save her nail clippings, which Tony observed her doing while staying at her home. When he inquired as to why, she explained that she has them burned — if her enemies obtained her nail or hair clippings, she stated they could, "make the evil on you."
Tony also had a brief flirtation with Annalisa while in Italy but she politely avoided his interest, keeping things strictly business. She later on appeared to be a bit more receptive to the idea, while they were in an ancient cave discussing the sibyl and premonitions, but Tony turned her down, saying, "Non fare la merda dove mangio, I don't shit where I eat."
Annalisa reminds Tony of Dr. Jennifer Melfi, probably because of her beauty, strength, and perceptiveness — he implies this to Annalisa in the ancient cave as well. In the Season 2 finale, "Funhouse", during one of Tony's fever dreams (which were induced by a rather bad bout of food poisoning), he envisions Annalisa speaking to him in Dr. Melfi's office during a therapy session. Further, some scenes involving Tony and Annalisa were prefigured by his earlier interactions with Isabella, implying that both Isabella and Annalisa symbolize Tony's idealized image of the perfect Italian women.
Annalisa is last referenced in the sixth season, "Live Free or Die", in which Tony mentions to Chris that she is sending two associates or "tailors", over from Naples to execute or "fit for a suit" Rusty Millio, at the behest of Johnny Sack.
Mauro Zucca is the acting boss of the Neapolitan famiglia in Naples, who is currently serving a life sentence. He is the husband of Zi Vittorio's daughter Annalisa, and also a distant cousin of Tony Soprano.
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