Tony Sirico – Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri
Tony Sirico’s tough guy act on The Sopranos wasn’t too far off from his real-life persona. Sirico grew up in Bensonhurst, New York, a well-known mafia neighborhood and found himself behind bars on a number of occasions. In the late 1970s, after observing a group of ex-con actors, Sirico decided he’d try his luck at performing. His early roles came in films such as Goodfellas and Bullets Over Broadway. His big break came when he was cast as Paulie Walnuts in 1999.
Tony Sirico – Now
Even though he continues to appear on television and in film, The Sopranos proved to be the peak of Tony Sirico’s acting career. He won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role on the series. In 2013, Sirico appeared alongside his Sopranos co-star Steven Van Zandt for two episodes of Lilyhammer. Sirico has also done voice-over work for animated shows such as The Fairly OddParents, Family Guy, and American Dad!, in addition to appearing in episodes of Chuck, Medium, and Taxi Brooklyn.
Edie Falco – Carmela Soprano
Edith “Edie” Falco had her first speaking part in a feature film in Bullets Over Broadway, a 1994 motion picture starring Woody Allen. The Sopranos wasn’t Falco’s first project with HBO. Prior to playing Tony Soprano’s wife, Falco was featured as prison officer Diane Whittlesey on HBO’s crime drama Oz for the show’s first four seasons. Her strong performance on Oz made her a frontrunner for the part of Carmela Soprano. Falco stayed on The Sopranos for the show’s entire run.
Edie Falco – Now
During her time on The Sopranos, Edie Falco took home three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, along with five Screen Actors Guild Awards. Since playing Carmela Soprano, Falco has been all over television, with recurring roles on 30 Rock, as well as Will & Grace. She has also starred on shows such as Nurse Jackie, Horace and Pete, and Law & Order True Crime. Falco has also appeared in films like Freedomland, Landline, and I Love You, Daddy.
Lorraine Bracco – Dr. Jennifer Melfi
A Brooklyn native, Lorraine Brocco began her career as a model in France in the mid-1970s. She was then featured in some foreign films and productions before getting her big break as mobster wife, Karen Hill, in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Throughout the 1990s, Brocco appeared in films such as Medicine Man, Being Human, and The Basketball Diaries. From 1999 until 2007, Brocco portrayed Dr, Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos, for which she won two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Lorraine Bracco – Now
Lorraine Bracco has continued to act since the series finale of The Sopranos aired in 2007. Her most notable television appearances have included credits in episodes of popular shows like Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Lipstick Jungle, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Top Chef, and Blue Bloods. Her longest-running role since The Sopranos was her portrayal of Angela Rizzoli on Rizzoli & Isles, a job she held for six years and 101 episodes. In 2015, Bracco wrote a self-help book for weight loss.
Steven Van Zandt – Silvio Dante
Since the late 1960s, Steven Van Zandt has played guitar alongside his longtime friend and famous singer/songwriter, Bruce Springsteen. In the mid-1970s, Van Zandt joined the E Street Band. With no professional acting experience, Van Zandt auditioned for The Sopranos in the late-’90s and, to his surprise, came out with the role of Silvio Dante. Luckily, David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, was a big Springsteen fan, so they were able to schedule filming around Van Zandt’s busy touring schedule.
Steven Van Zandt – Now
Following the end of The Sopranos, Steven Van Zandt continued his professional music career as a guitarist and mandolin player for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. In 2011, Van Zandt co-wrote and starred in the Norwegian Netflix series Lilyhammer, which ran for three seasons before being canceled. A popular fan theory explains that Van Zandt’s Lillyhammer character is actually part of Silvio Dante’s imagination and that the entire series takes place within the confines of his coma dream.
Aida Turturro – Janice Soprano Baccalieri
Aida Turturro made her film debut in 1989 when she was cast as Grace in True Love alongside her future Sopranos co-stars Vincent Pastore and Annabella Sciorra. Before joining the cast of The Sopranos, Turturro was featured in films such as Jersey Girl, O.K. Garage, and Deep Blue Sea, in addition to appearances on episodes of Law & Order, New York News, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2000, Turturro was cast as Janice Soprano, the outspoken sister of Tony.
Aida Turturro – Now
Since her role on The Sopranos, Aida Turturro has remained one of television’s more familiar faces, with appearances in episodes of shows like ER, Medium, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Blacklist. Turturro’s most recent film roles included parts in 2014’s Rob the Mob and 2017’s Making a Killing. While she has yet to land a longstanding role like the one she held on The Sopranos, Turturro is doing quite well for herself.
Michael Imperioli – Christopher Moltisanti
On The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli played Christoper Moltisanti, an unstable member of the Sopranos crew who was notorious for substance abuse issues. Imperioli’s first notable role came in 1990 when he played Spider in Martin Scorsese’s classic Goodfellas. Apparently Imperioli found his niche as a gangster. Almost a decade later, HBO came calling and invited Imperioli to join the cast of The Sopranos. Between Goodfellas and The Sopranos, Imperioli had a few small parts in films like Jungle Fever and Bad Boys.
Michael Imperioli – Now
Since playing Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli has remained busy, appearing frequently on television and on the big screen, but has struggled to reach the same level of success and acclaim he saw in the early 2000s. His biggest feature films include credits in 2004’s Shark Tale, 2009’s The Lovely Bones, and 2013’s The Call. On television, Imperioli has appeared in shows like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Office, Californication, Hawaii Five-O, and Blue Bloods.
Kathrine Narducci – Charmaine Bucco
Before Kathrine Narducci portrayed Charmaine Bucco, wife of Artie Bucco, on The Sopranos, she was featured in A Bronx Tale. The only reason Narducci even went to the audition for A Bronx Tale in the first place was to bring her 9-year-old son to an open casting call. Narducci unintentionally landed the role of the main character’s mother. Narducci then acted in Miracle on 34th Street, Witness to the Mob, and Law & Order before joining the cast of The Sopranos in 1999.
Kathrine Narducci – Now
Two years following the series finale of The Sopranos, Kathrine Narducci landed a starring role in the 2009 feature film Chicago Overcoat: The Glory Days Are Back. Narducci also has credits in 2014’s Jersey Boys, and the upcoming 2019 production, The Irishman. On the small screen, Narducci has been featured in episodes of shows such as Workaholics, Power, Blue Bloods, Major Crimes, and The Wizard of Lies. Despite her tremendous success, Kathrine Narducci will always be best-known for her role on The Sopranos.
Dominic Chianese – Corrado “Junior” Soprano
Dominic Chianese has been acting since the mid-1960s. His first Broadway show came in 1965, when he performed in Oliver! Chianese’s earliest and most notable film credits include roles in movies such as The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All, and Looking for Richard. While he may have over five decades of acting under his belt, Chianese will always be most recognized for his role as the old school gangster and Tony’s crazy uncle Corrado ‘Junior’ Soprano.
Dominic Chianese – Now
Since his time on The Sopranos, Dominic Chianese has appeared on television series like Damages, Blue Bloods, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2011, Chianese reprised his gangster portrayal when he was featured on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Even though Chianese only appeared in 12 episodes, he contributed to a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Chianese’s most recent film appearances include credits in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Active Adults, and Umberto D.
Annabella Sciorra – Gloria Trillo
Before Annabella Sciorra joined the cast of The Sopranos in 2001, she was already a well-established actress, with credits in films like True Love, Cadillac Man, Jungle Fever, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, The Cure, Underworld, and What Dreams May Come. Sciorra was also no stranger to television, having acted on television films like Prison Stories: Women on the Inside, Favorite Deadly Sins, and Asteroid. Sciorra joined The Sopranos and was featured in a total of seven episodes as Gloria Trillo.
Annabella Sciorra – Now
After playing Gloria Trillo, a role which got her nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Anabella Sciorra went on to be featured on episodes of popular television shows such as Law & Order : Trial by Jury, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The L Word, ER, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, GLOW and Luke Cage. On the big screen, Sciorra has been in feature films like The Maid’s Room and Alto.
Steve Buscemi – Tony Blundetto
Before Steve Buscemi rose to fame as a popular actor, he spent four years serving as a firefighter in New York City. Despite having left Engine 55 in the mid-1980s to pursue his acting career, Buscemi returned to New York for several days after 9/11 to work 12-hour shifts with other firefighters and dig through the rubble in an attempt to find survivors. Before The Sopranos, Buscemi appeared in The Way it Is, Reservoir Dogs, Miami Vice, and The Wedding Singer.
Steve Buscemi – Now
Even though Steve Buscemi didn’t join the cast of The Sopranos until 2004, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Tony Blundetto, Tony Soprano’s childhood friend. Since the series finale of The Sopranos, Buscemi has remained busy, starring in HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, as well as Louis C.K.’s comedy-drama web series Horace and Pete. Throughout his career, Buscemi has also directed several films including Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, Lonesome Jim, and Interview.
Sharon Angela – Rosalie Aprile
Before she was Rosalie Aprile, Carmela Soprano’s loyal friend and extremely frank source of advice, Sharon Angela was a practically unknown film actress with roles in low-budget films such as 1992’s Nowhereville, 1993’s Fly by Night, 1996’s Breathing Room, and 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. While Angela was only featured in 38 episodes of The Sopranos, her performance as Ro will always be remembered as a sad reminder of how tragic the mobster lifestyle can truly be.
Sharon Angela – Now
Since her time on The Sopranos, Sharon Angela has continued to frequently appear in feature films as well as on popular television series. Her most notable film role since the finale of The Sopranos in 2007 was a part in The Hungry Ghosts, a film written and directed by another alumni of The Sopranos, Michael Imperioli. Angela also had a role in the 2013 crime drama, Empire State. On television, Angela has landed roles on episodes of Californication and General Hospital.
James Gandolfini – Tony Soprano
The late James Gandolfini first made his mark on the acting world when he was featured in 1993’s True Romance. His portrayal of a hardened gangster caught the eye of The Sopranos casting directors, and in 1999, Gandolfini became Tony Soprano, a role which would go on to define his career. Gandolfini later confessed that he was not expecting to land the role. “I thought they would hire someone a little more debonair, some good-looking guy,… and that would be that.”
James Gandolfini – Now
Following the series finale of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini had endless opportunities in Hollywood. Before his untimely death, Gandolfini appeared in films such as Surviving Christmas, The Taking of Pelham 123, Zero Dark Thirty, Enough Said, and The Drop. On June 19, 2013, Gandolfini sadly suffered a fatal heart attack while vacationing with his family in Italy. Galdolfini was meant to accept an award at the Taormina Film Fest just a few days after his passing. He was 52 years old.
Oksana Lada – Irina
Hailing from Ukraine, Oksana Lada is best known for her portrayal of Irina Peltsin, a mistress of Tony Soprano. Before getting involved in acting, Lada studied economics and engineering at the National Technical University of Capital Oil And Gas. After graduating in her home country, Lada spent some time working as a model before making her way to the United States, where she studied at W.H. studios with American theatre legend and artistic director of the American Place Theatre, Wynn Handman.
Oksana Lada – Now
Since her time on The Sopranos, Oksana Lada played Ulia on Netflix’s hit series, Orange Is The New Black. Lada also had a small role as a wedding dress saleswoman in the second season premiere of 30 Rock. The episode, titled “SeinfeldVision”, received solid reviews. The Ukranian actress has also appeared on episodes of NYC 22, and Drop Dead Diva, CSI Miami, and Law & Order. Most recently, Lada appeared in a feature film called Douglas Brown alongside Robert Forster.
Toni Kalem – Angie Bonpensiero
After growing up in Springfield Township, New Jersey, Toni Kalem went on to enjoy a successful career as an actress. Early in her career, Kalem appeared in film such as The Wanderers, Private Benjamin, Paternity, I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can, Two of a Kind, and Reckless. On television, she’s been featured on shows such as Dominic’s Dream, Starsky and Hutch, and What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? From 2000 until 2006, Kalem portrayed Angie Bonpensiero on The Sopranos.
Toni Kalem – Now
On The Sopranos, Kalem played the wife (and eventually widow) of Sal Bonpensiero and mother of Kevin, Matt, and Terri Bonpensiero. Angie was known for dealing with intense and unfortunate circumstances. Since her time on The Sopranos, Kalem has been relatively quiet in Hollywood. Recently, she has moved to more behind the scenes roles, taking on new responsibilities as both a director as well as a screenwriter. She even wrote the 56th episode of The Sopranos, titled “All Happy Families..”
Paul Schulze – Father Phil Intintola
Paul Schulze’s first role came in 1991’s Laws of Gravity. He followed that up with credits in films such as New Jersey Drive, Clockers, Don’t Say a Word, and Panic Room. In 1999, Schulze landed one of the roles which came to define his career as an actor when he became Father Phil Intintola on HBO’s The Sopranos. Schulze stayed on the series until 2006. While he was acting on The Sopranos, Schulze was featured in another popular television series, playing Ryan Chappelle on Fox’s 24.
Paul Schulze – Now
Since his time on The Sopranos, Paul Schulze has appeared in films such as 2007’s Zodiac, 2008’s Rambo remake, 2014’s Are You Here, and 2017’s The Punisher. On the small screen, Schulze has been featured on episodes of shows like Law & Order, JAG, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The West Wing, NCIS, Oz, Frasier, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Boston Legal, Journeyman, Numb3rs, Mad Men, Criminal Minds, The Closer, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Z Nation, and Suits.
Emily Wickersham – Rhiannon Flammer
Emily Wickerspan first appeared as Jules on an episode of Late Night with David Letterman in 2006. That same year, she was featured on an episode of Parco P.I., titled “Just Another Pretty Face,” as a girl named Grace Carr. Wickerspan got her big break when she landed the recurring role of Rhiannon Flammer on The Sopranos, a role she held from 2006 until 2007. Rhiannon is one of A.J.’s high school love interests. She appears in just four episodes.
Emily Wickersham – Now
The Sopranos served as the launching point for Emily Wickersham’s successful career as an actress. She followed up her role in the HBO hit with appearances in episodes of shows like The Bronx in Burning, The Gamekillers, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Gossip Girl, The Bridge, and NCIS: New Orleans. Wickersham has also appeared in feature films such as 2008’s Definitely, Maybe, 2009’s How I Got Lost, 2010’s Remember Me, 2011’s I Am Number Four, 2012’s Gone, and 2015’s Glitch.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler – Meadow Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler got her big break as Meadow Soprano and, to this day, is grateful for having such a positive experience to start her acting career. “I had never been in front of a camera before, I had never been on a set before, so everything was brand new,” she said. “It was my acting school, it was my everything school. I felt very protected on that set… The whole crew really looked out for us and made sure we were comfortable and confident.”
Jamie-Lynn Sigler- Now
Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s role on The Sopranos, unfortunately, proved to be the peak of her acting career. During the show’s run, Sigler decided to try her hand as a pop star, but her music career came to an end around the same time as The Sopranos. In 2016, during an interview with Access Hollywood, Sigler announced that she had been living with Multiple Sclerosis for several years and that the last time she had enough strength to run was during the 2007 finale of The Sopranos.
Robert Iler – Anthony Soprano Jr.
Aside from some small appearances on Saturday Night Live and a few commercials for Pizza Hut, Robert Iler was virtually unknown before landing the role of Anthony Junior, the son of Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit series. In 2001, when Iler was just 16 years old, and two years into his role on The Sopranos, he ran into some trouble with the law after he was arrested for larceny as well as the possession of illegal substances. He was given three years of probation.
Robert Iler – Now
After the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007, Robery Iler left acting, for the most part, to focus on pursuing a professional poker career. In 2012, Iler moved to Las Vegas to chase his dream of winning the World Series of Poker. In an interview with Poker News, Iler explained that his fascination with the high stakes card game began as a child when his grandmother would sit and teach him the rules of games such as rummy and gin.
Drea de Matteo – Adriana La Cerva
Drea de Matteo portrayed the ill-fated longtime girlfriend of Cristopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. Her aggressive and in-your-face supporting performance as Adriana La Cerva earned her a 2004 Primetime Emmy Award as well as a 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award.
Drea de Matteo – Now
Despite her character not making it to the series finale of The Sopranos, Drea de Matteo went on to have a rather successful career. From 2004 until 2006, she played Gina Tribbiani, Joey’s sister on the Friends spinoff, Joey. Matteo also had recurring roles on shows like Sons of Anarchy, Desperate Housewives, and Shades of Blue. On the big screen, Matteo has appeared in feature films such as Assault on Precinct 13, New York, I Love You, and Dark Places.