Ercole DiMeo, a.k.a. "Old Man" and Ercole "Eckley" DiMeo, is the founder and the reputed official Boss of the DiMeo crime 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 extreme 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.
DiMeo ran the family from sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s until he received a sentence of life imprisonment in 1997, at which point Giacomo "Jackie" Aprile became Acting boss of the family. In 1999, in the first season of The Sopranos, Jackie mentions "I may be Acting boss while the old man's a guest of the government". At that time, Jackie was in full control of the family.
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 an eventual candidate for boss. DiMeo also took a liking to Tony's father Giovanni "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 namesake "DiMeo" is thought to be derived from Gambino crime family capo Roy DeMeo. Roy DeMeo operated his own crew out of Brooklyn, New York from the 1970's, until his death in 1982. Another reason for using the name "DiMeo", can be that the real NJ crime family is named the DeCavalcante crime family, after Simone "Sam the Plumber" DeCavalcante. Both DiMeo and DeCavalcante can be related, as the DiMeo/Soprano crime family is proved to be based on the DeCavalcante crime family.
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.
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 a nickname which is a mispronunciation of the Italian pasta dish Penne all'arrabbiata. He is first runner-up in Mr. Teenage Bloomfield and cousin of Gina Annunziata. He suffers from anger managent problems and displays road rage. 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 knows the ramifications of beating up a mob boss and instead chooses to remain passive during the fight. 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.
Matthew Bevilaqua, a.k.a. Matt Drinkwater, was Sean Gismonte's partner-in-crime and an associate in the Tony Soprano crew. He worked the executive card game along with Sean. He also sold shares in Webistics through a stock brokerage operated by Christopher Moltisanti. The Webistics scam was a typical pump and dump exercise. They got into trouble with Chris for stealing cars and beating up a broker who recommended the sale of other stocks. Matt also did some burglary jobs with Chris and Sean. Furio and an associate took extra money when they came to collect Tony's cut from the burglaries. Because of their lower status, Matt and Sean could not refuse. They wanted to move up in the ranks of the family, so they planned a hit on Chris in order to get recognized by Richie Aprile, who disliked Chris for hitting his niece, Adriana.
Matt and Sean attempted a drive-by hit on Chris which resulted in Chris shooting Sean to death in self defense. Chris was seriously wounded in the attack. Matt ran away from the scene and went to Richie seeking help. Richie refused because he knew Tony would kill anyone involved in the attack. Richie chased Matt away with a baseball bat and Matt went into hiding. Eventually, Pussy learned of Matt's whereabouts. Pussy and Tony dragged a beaten Matt to an abandoned shack and shot him 21 times in the chest, stomach and head. Cops later found Matt's body and a witness told officials about the murder. The witness identified Tony from a picture without knowing that he was a mob boss. When the witness learned that the man he fingered was Tony Soprano, he refused to cooperate. The feds continue to try to pin the murder on Tony, but remain unsuccessful.
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 and contemplated suicide. Uncle of Tony Blundetto 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. 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. In the series finale, Pat is seen visiting a decrepit Uncle Junior in a New Jersey state 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.
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 Corky eventually tempted Chris 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 innocents (a Ukrainian man who closely resembled Phil and his daughter) were killed. When Corky heard from the hitmen that the man spoke Ukrainian to his daughter, he mumbled "Whatever," thinking that Phil spoke Ukrainian. He had no idea of the gravity of the mistake. However, he did mention this to Patsi Parisi.
He is a second generation immigrant from Villa Cortese. 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.
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. His nickname Bissell is allegedly taken from Bissell Homecare, Inc. which is a Detroit, Michigan-based manufacturer of vacuum cleaners. It is not explained what this means, or how Peter earned this peculiar nickname.
An associate of Paulie Walnuts who accompanied him on a robbery of Colombian drug dealers in 2006. As his last name says, he is from Bari, Italy. 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.
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. He is the uncle of Jason Gervasi. He lives with his wife Lorraine and toy terrier Spencer in an effeminately and gaudily decorated home. He seems to be intelligent as he is reading The New York Times when he is garroted by Silvio and a jogging enthusiast like Mikey Palmice. 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 join the Lupertazzi Family, and went to Sil to convince him to go along in a coup d'état, but Sil responded by strangling him to death not long after with a garrote.
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.
Sean Gismonte is a small time associate of the DiMeo crime family who was an associate and below-average mobster who was Matthew Bevilaqua's partner in crime and an associate in the Gualtieri crew in 2000. The two shared an apartment together. Sean's ambition was to impress his superiors in order to move up the ranks with his best friend, Matt. He is a cousin of Louis Gismonte, a convict who spent time in the license plate workshop with Richard Aprile Sr. He worked the executive card game along with Matt, which they found to be a demeaning experience. They also worked under Christopher Moltisanti at a stock firm assigned to push Webistics, selling shares in the company to naive clients to pump the share price before Soprano crew members dumped their shares for a profit. While at the brokerage they got into trouble with Chris for stealing other brokers' cars and beating a broker who sold other stocks. Led by Christopher, Matt and Sean broke several bank safes although they had to pay a large percentage of the cash to Tony. Matt and Sean also took part in the Soprano family's picket busting efforts at Massarone construction. Bevilaqua and Gismonte both tried to impress T in the toilets of the Bada Bing but failed miserably after asking Tony about his taste in a recent job they both pulled. T ends up drying his hands on their shirts. Gismonte then blames Bevailaqua for making him do all the talking.
After these jobs, they felt they were getting nowhere under Christopher and decided they needed to take decisive action to move up in the ranks of the family over drinks at the Bada Bing. They planned a hit on Chris in order to get recognized by Richie Aprile, who they knew disliked Chris for striking his niece, Adriana. Matt and Sean pulled a drive-by hit as Chris left the Skyways Diner in Kearny. Sean shot Christopher multiple times but then Matt abruptly ran out of the car and Christopher retaliated. Sean attempted to follow Matt but his seatbelt was stuck and he could not escape, Christopher then fired off a shot that hit Sean in the face, killing him.
Georgie was the bartender at the Bada Bing. He was occasionally involved in the crime family's activities - he helped Christopher move Emil Kolar's body, and swept the Bing for bugs following rumors of federal indictments. He was well liked by Silvio Dante, the Bing's owner.
It is suspected that Georgie suffers from some type of mild learning diability. He often infuriated Tony with his slowness, and for saying the wrong things at the wrong time. This led to him receiving multiple beatings at Tony's hands. He also received a serious eye injury from Ralphie in the episode "University." Ralphie smacked Georgie in the eye with a lock and chain while imitating the movie "Gladiator". In the season 5 episode "Cold Cuts," after receiving a severe beating from Tony, for a seemingly innocuous comment, Georgie suffered a ruptured ear drum. As such, he stated to Paulie that he wouldn't be returning to the Bing, and that he would appreciate it if Tony would not visit him. Tony gave some money to Paulie to give to Georgie to ensure that he received the best care.
In Season 6 he can be seen back at work in the Bing.
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. Corky's last name is thought to be loosely based on Gambino crime family mob associate Joseph Iannuzzi.
Former soldier in the Soprano crew. Died in the mid-1970s, Married to Joanne Moltisanti née Blundetto, father of Christopher. Dickie was in the navy and later served time in prison, making it unlikely that he spent much time with his family when alive. Dickie was killed during Christopher's infancy, right outside the house while bringing TV trays home. In 2002, Tony Soprano told Christopher that Dickie's killer was 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, Haydu's last words are 'I'm sorry' indicating that he was 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.
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 recognised 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 kills him with a garotte.
Febby was an amateur sculptor since prison 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 that a bust in his office of Ronald Reagan has overlarge lips. At the time of his murder, Febby had a daughter who was around the age of Meadow Soprano at the time of his death and was apparently married, had served as a volunteer fireman, and had 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 his daughter.
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's 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 his movie project "Cleaver." Also with Christopher at an AA meeting when the crew first learned of Vito Spatafore's homosexuality although Tony dismissed him from the back-room discussion of the news at the Bada Bing. James earned the moniker "Mumur" from his parents for having a heart murmur during child birth.
Murmur made Chris' rounds while he was in LA - buying credit card numbers from a pizza parlour and from Hillel at the Teittleman's hotel then selling the numbers on to Mohammed and Ahmed at the Bada Bing. Murmur also went out to LA to meet Chris because he was "chipping." While there they 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 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 misidentified their target.
Cestone's first name is never told, although "Gigi" is a derivation of the name "Gianluigi". Former soldier in the Junior Soprano crew, defected to Tony Soprano's crew in 1999 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 Spoons 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 2000 when he was granted the role of capo over the Aprile crew, following Richie Aprile's "disappearance." He was well-received by most of his new crew (Donny K, Vito Spatafore and Eugene Pontecorvo), but Ralph Cifaretto took every opportunity to make his life difficult as he had hoped to receive the promotion himself. It was also Gigi's idea to have Bobby Bacala, Sr. perform the hit on Mustang Sally, in the episode, "Another Toothpick."
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.
The stress of putting his children through college and trying to control a resentful Ralphie, combined with constipation following Thanksgiving, induced a fatal heart attack while he was on the toilet.
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.
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, then ran him over with his car, rendering Beansie hospitalised and parapelegic from his injuries. 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 confined to a wheelchair, Beansie later moved down to open a club in Miami, but has evidently remained in contact with Tony Soprano; he helped set up a meeting between Tony and fellow Miami resident Little Carmine Lupertazzi, and in 2007 secured AJ Soprano a job in his New Jersey pizzeria.
Member of 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 T 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 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 to look for Vito Spatafore at his goomah's beach house following the revelation that Vito was homosexual. Dante's mother suffered from Lupus and he considered a career in healthcare while looking after her.Was playing pool in the back room of the Bada Bing when Anthony Infante informed Tony that Johnny Sack had died. Recently, Dante has been acting as Tony's driver and bodyguard, carrying around a sawn-off shotgun.
Also known as Bobby Zanone. Bobby was a member of 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.
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. His nickname "Corky" is in itself a description of an erratic person.
"Donny K." is a member of the Aprile crew. 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.
Donny was beaten unconscious and urinated on outside the Benito One bar located at 145 Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan by Johnny Sack following Ralph Cifaretto's insult to Ginny Sack. Johnny spotted Donny in a bar and, knowing of his association with Ralphie, followed him outside to exact some revenge for Ralphie's comments. Donny is a loud and boisterous drinker which irritates John Sacramoni. Donny is known to have received some nerve damage from the beating and has not been seen since. He drives a silver 2000 Honda Accord.
Kevin "Dogsy" Interdonato is an associate in the Aprile crew. Dogsy helped Vito Spatafore beat up the Soprano family's appraiser on the HUD scam restoring his loyalties to them.
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." He is either illiterate, dislexic or dimwitted. 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 T rejoined the crew. Jason helped to break up an altercation between Paulie Gaultieri 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, killing him instantly.
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 also was 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 continued talking when the robbers told him to be quiet, causing Jackie to panic and shoot him.
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 and hesitantly agrees to rob the card game only after reassurance from Jackie Jr. 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. They team up with Carlo Renzi, who wields a heavy shotgun, to pull off a card game robbery in order to impress the higher mob associates. Things do not go their way when Sunshine gets whacked during the robbery, triggering an array of gunshots from both sides. This scuffle leaves Carlo dead and Furio wounded. Dino and Jackie Jr. try to retreat, 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 his buddy Dino Zerilli 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 lay waste into Dino's face with an array of bullets.
Father of Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri. Soldier in Junior Soprano's crew in his younger days. Tony mentioned to Bobby's son how it was unusual that he never whacked anyone, considering his father was "the terminator in that respect", suggesting Bobby, Sr. was responsible for numerous homicides before his retirement. Returned to New Jersey from semi-retirement in 2001. Suffered from lung cancer after a lifelong smoking habit. 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 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.
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.
Bodyguard of Uncle Junior. Appears outside the old Vesuvio, in "Pilot" and takes part of the wiseguys mob during the Columbus Day riots in "Christopher." He shares the same last name as Sicilian mob boss Salvatore Inzerillo.
Salvatore Intile, nicknamed "Mustang Sally" for the '85 Mustang convertible he drives, is the godson of Robert Bacalieri, 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. In 2000 Ralph Cifaretto says that Salvatore threw a hot dog vendor off a fifth floor mezzanine for serving too much onions on his hotdog. He enjoys watching The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, which is what he is watching the day he is murdered. 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 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. He drives a 1985 Mustang GT. He keeps a golf club driver underneath the seat of his car. His nickname "Mustang Sally" is the same as the R&B blues song written and first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. It gained greater popularity when it was covered by Wilson Pickett. Although it's not appreciated by his godfather, he associates with Hispanics or as Bobby Baccala Sr. calls them, "greaseballs." He has his right ear shot off when Robert first attempts to execute him with a gunshot to the back of the head as he gets him a glass of water-- then after a brief struggle he shoots him in the head.
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 was a soldier in Bobby Bacalieri's crew. Alongside his captain, he collected proceeds from John Stefano's 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.
He is a low level associate of Junior's Crew and close friend of Mikey Palmice. He drives a 1982 Chevrolet Camaro. 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 Donny for a moment, Donnie makes a joke saying "I hear that Tony Soprano's own mother even wants him clipped." Mikey tells him that's not funny and Donny just says "Tomorrow" to which Mikey replies "Fuckin A". Mikey walks back to the car, but doesn't get in, he stands outside the back door and talks to Junior. Junior doesn't share the sarcastic humor that Donnie shares. Junior says to Mikey "I don't like it! This fuckin guy's big mouthed" Mikey tells Junior "No, he's ok." Junior persists "I don't like it! Next time he could be makin the jokes about me." Mikey tells Chucky to tell Donnie, who was in his car, to wait a second. Mikey walks over to Donnies's car and bends down to look at Donnie through the passenger side window. Mikey says "Sorry" and then fires two 9mm bullets into Donnie's head with a Sig Sauer.
Phillip is a identical twin brother of Patsy Parisi who was born eleven minutes before his younger brother Pasquale in Bloomfield, New Jersey. The two brothers were extremely close and Pasquale would follow his older 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. Unlike his brother he rose in the ranks of the DiMeo crime family and became a capo. He acted as capo of Junior Corrado's crew following Junior's arrest in 1999. He speaks to Cestone about his time evading federal indictments and the troubles of being a wanted fugitive. It is unknown what the indictments were actually investigating Parisi for at the time. He is executed by Gigi Cestone in 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 smother Livia Soprano. Appeared in Tony's dream while he was suffering from food poisoning as Meadow graduated high school in 2000. Phillip and his twin brother Pasquale Parisi were based on real-life Patriarca crime family mob associates Rocco and Salvatore Balliro from Roxbury, Massachusetts. When the police attempted to arrest Salvatore Balliro, he escaped and fled to Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts where he was finally arrested by the FBI and later for arraignment in New Jersey.
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 David Chase's uncle. Like the Beppy Sasso character, Scerbo's nickname is thought to be a reference to Beppe Grillo the Italain comedian, actor and activist.
He is a close friend and criminal associate of Mikey Palmice and a soldier in Uncle Junior's crew. Once it was confirmed that Junior and Mikey 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 avid boater who owns a runabout which he keeps moored at a Liberty Landing Marina located in Jersey City, New Jersey on the Hudson River. He is known for wearing stereotypical French fashions including a French beret the day he is murdered. 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 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 quickly settled the dispute between the two at a stand-up meeting in his backyard, in which 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.
Soldier in the Barese Crew. Seen celebrating at the hospital, with other members of the crew, after Tony Soprano awake from his coma.
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."
Jimmy was arrested for gun charges while running an illegal card game in 1999 - the FBI found pool tables full of guns. He was probably "flipped" at this time, although it was never proven. Big Pussy Bonpensiero was present and also 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). Jimmy must've been capo since 1995 because the character appears as a captain in a flashback in which Tony realizes Pussy is also a rat in the episode "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power" He suffers from back pain and has an orthopedic mattress in his home.
Tony grew suspicious of Jimmy shortly after he was busted. He thought he was released a little too promptly after his arrest. Also, Jimmy began asking Tony, among others, for repeated details of their criminal dealings. Although it was never officially confirmed that Jimmy was a "rat" on the show, his odd behavior was enough for Tony and others to think he was wearing a wire. 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 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 was too late Chistopher 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 didnt deny being a rat when he was at gun point, it is likely 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."
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 Gaultieri crew, which succeeded Gervasi's. Walden Belfiore was named after singer Bobby Darin, born Walden Robert Cassotto. 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. Belfiore is also the maiden name of Angie Bonpensiero (as mentioned by Janice Soprano in a season 2 episode), so Walden could possibly be a relative of hers although there is no actual evidence to suggest so. 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, Belfiore executes the rival family's boss Phil Leotardo at a gas station with a 9mm slug to Phil's head and chest before making a quick getaway with Benny Fazio in a Chrysler 300. The Leotardo murder was the 92nd and final on-screen death to occur during the series.
Member 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 goomah's beach house following the revelation that he was homosexual. When Spatafore returned to town Doria visited him to ask to borrow money for child support payments, after Spatafore's death Doria was pleased to have timed his borrowing so well.
Ran a card game for the Altieri crew that was knocked over 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.
Soldier in Carlo Gervasi's crew. Responsible for monitoring incoming shipments through NJ ports. He has a similar nickname to Joseph "Joe Pitts" Coniglaro who was a Lucchese crime family mobster.
When Tony and Bobby Bacala watch the news about the release of Tony Blundetto and Michele "Feech" LaManna in the first episode of Season 5, the newsreporter states that both LaManna and Blundetto were prime suspects in the car-bomb killing of Thomas "Tommy" Gilardi and his driver. It is not mentioned if Tommy Gilardi was a Caporegime or a made guy, but due to the fact that he had a driver, Gilardi must have been a high-ranking member during the 1980s, under former Boss Ercoli "Eckley" DiMeo. Gilardi may be loosely based on real-life Gambino crime family Underboss Frank DeCicco, who was murdered by a car bomb, his passager and Lucchese crime family soldier Frank "Frankie Hearts" Bellino, was severely wounded in the blast, but survived.
Tony mentions to Christopher Richie Aprile and Jerry Anastasia as guys he had to buy dinners for at Benihana and Peter Luger's when he was a newly-made guy. Jerry Anastasia is supposed to be based on real life mobster brothers Albert Anastasia and Anthony Anastasio who were two New York City Prohibition gangsters.
Jimmy was a soldier or associate of the DiMeo/Soprano crime family, who doubled as a legitimate Elvis impersonator and hired entertainer. He was originally born and raised in Dover, New Jersey. He does not resemble the young Elvis, but has the image of how Presley appeared c.a. 1977 around the time of his death. Jimmy styles his hair in the classic 1950's 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 making it unlikely Jimmy was a made man. 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.
Christopher Moltisanti tells Jon Favreau and Amy Safir the story of a wiseguy he knew, a made man who received a blowjob off a girl only to discover it was really a man. In revenge for the embarrassment the wiseguy burnt him with acid to stop the story getting out. 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 Cippolini's story". Amy says that there is no character named Cippolini indicating this was the mobsters real name. This closely mimics the acid blinding mobster Johnny Dio ordered on the journalist Victor Riesel.
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 caught Alzheimer's. Richie later presented the jacket as a present to Tony Soprano. Rocco is a paternal blood relative of the DiMeo crime family although the exact relationship to boss Ercoli DiMeo is uncertain. He is loosely based on Colombo crime family street soldier Thomas Spero who arranged to have Sammy Gravano murder one of his associates, Joseph Collucci so he could marry Collucci's wife, Connie. After Gravano murdered Collucci, Thomas married Connie but soon became estranged from his new wife, became a heroin addict and lost all respect from the Colombo crime family. He disappeared from the usual underworld activity scenes following his wife's divorce and died of a heroin overdose.
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 Ercoli 'Eckley' DiMeo. Paulie Walnuts calls him "The King of Breadsticks" because of his bakery and catering company which he is the owner of. A contemporary of Giovanni "Johnny Boy" Soprano and 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 Old Man DiMeo.
He is loosely based on Bonanno crime family capo Carmine Galante who after his release from prison, wanted to overthrow existing boss Phillip Rastelli and take over the crime family and the international heroin distributing enterprise.
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 of all things, Feech ripped off the cars from Dr. Ira Freid's daughter's wedding. At a card game, Tony had made it clear that Dr. Freid 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 therefore did not believe he owed him the respect of the boss. He knew this was dangerous and had dealt with it before with Richie Aprile. As such, Tony used Christopher Moltisanti and Benny Fazio to entrap Feech into holding onto a stolen shipment of plasma screen televisions. When a parole officer who was not Feech's regular supervisor came by, the jig was up and Feech ended up back in prison.
Little Pussy is an enemy of Uncle Junior's who he wants to have killed - planning for the hit to occur in Vesuvio - Artie Bucco's restaurant. This prompts Tony to start a fire at the restaurant so the hit must occur elsewhere - motivated by protecting the prestige of his friend's business and allowing him to build a new restaurant with the fire insurance money. Tony says to Junior that he's been dead "six years now" in the season 6 premier episode "Members Only". This would lead to the conclusion that his execution was only temporarily forlonged, and he was murdered at an unknown time later that same year. 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 on New Jersey mobster Angelo "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' Pub Massacre which left five people dead in Boston over a drug deal gone wrong.
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 from Boston is mentioned by Christopher in "Members Only".
Cicchi 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 in a theme park at Down Neck in the 1960s. When the park was raided by police, Cicchi 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 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. He shares the last name as the fictional James Bond film character "Sharkey" portrayed by Frank McRae in Licence to Kill.
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 Jr. 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. Richard "Dick" Barone shares the same name as an associate of the Philadelphia crime family.
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.
Vic Caputo is the manager of Caputo's poultry - a small business in the neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood since Tony's childhood, but eventually the offer was too high for him tor resist. Vic complains to Patsy about the Juice company that have bought the building. Vic Caputo is loosely based on Frank Perdue who had a professional business relationship with Gambino crime family boss Paul Castellano.
Manager of a betting shop that was given to Christopher as his first piece of business after becoming a made man. He shares the same name as a character in the 2001 crime fiction novel The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.
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 father of Jimmy La Manna. However La Manna Landscaping become involved in a turf war with Paulie Walnuts' own 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. It is suggested that the E either stands for the Italian first names Ecco or Enoch.
Feech La Manna's relative involved in running La Manna landscaping - one of Feech's legitimate businesses. Son of E Gary La Manna. However La Manna Landscaping become involved in a turf war with Paulie Walnuts' own gardening firm Vitro Gardening and Paulie injured Gary and Jimmy La Manna. He suffers a concussion after being hit with the head with a shovel and broken arm from Paulie.
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 realised something was wrong when Jack started acting extra kind to him, and doing him favours such as presenting him with a framed picture of the Rat Pack at a meeting and asking him if he had lost weight. Jack was murdered (most likely by Christopher Moltisanti who asked Tony earlier if he could carry out the hit) and found in the trunk of his car with a golf club cover in his mouth - a message that his killers knew he was a rat.
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 a high-stakes executive 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 a African-American college friend of Ronald Zellman. In 2002 he was married with two sons. Maurice worked with charitable organisations for many years eventually becoming disillusioned and embittered by the lack of real change he affected. Zellman put Maurice in touch with Tony Soprano in 2002 to work a scam defraudng the Housing and Urban Development committee. Maurice bought houses in poor neighbouhoods 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 the homes.
An old hitman of 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.
One of the 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.
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 Clayborn was accidentally shot and killed by his partner Rasheen Ray. The incident between Anthony Soprano Senior and John Clayborn is based on a publicized botched mob shooting that occurred in 1973. James Gallo and Joseph Coniglaro attempted to murder a Brooklyn gambler Vincent Ensulo. Vincent was stopped at a gas station and they jumped into his car. The two men blocked Vincent in sitting on either side of him. They drew handguns and pointed them at Ensulo. Ensulo drove three blocks until he jerked the wheel away from Coniglaro. Immediately, Joseph and James began firing their weapons temporarily forgetting that they were three large men jammed inside the front seat of a moving sedan. Coniglaro shot Gallo once in the left side. James shot Coniglaro twice in the right shoulder. Ensulo suffered only minor wounds, which allowed him to flee from the car on foot. Gallo would survive his wounds but Coniglaro was left partially paralyzed.
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. Credenzo is a father who is negligent in paying child support to his wife Sheronda and providing for his child. After receiving the payment by Chris Moltisanti for the cancelled contract killing he warns Stanley not to tell his wife "Sheronda" about the substantial amount of money they had received. He had them killed by Benny Fazio and Petey La Rosa before they could leave.
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 John 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 probably escaped. It is unknown if "Rasheen" is his actual name or a nickname, in the show it is never explained. It is suspected that it is not his birthname, but a nickname nickname derived from the Nissan Rasheen which was an automobile produced from 1994 to 1999. The incident between Anthony Soprano Senior, Rasheen Ray and John Clayborn is based on a publicized botched mob shooting that occurred in 1973. James Gallo and Joseph Coniglaro attempted to murder a Brooklyn gambler Vincent Ensulo. Vincent was stopped at a gas station and they jumped into his car. The two men blocked Vincent in sitting on either side of him. They drew handguns and pointed them at Ensulo. Ensulo drove three blocks until he jerked the wheel away from Coniglaro. Immediately, Joseph and James began firing their weapons temporarily forgetting that they were three large men jammed inside the front seat of a moving sedan. Coniglaro shot Gallo once in the left side. James shot Coniglaro twice in the right shoulder. Ensulo suffered only minor wounds, which allowed him to flee from the car on foot. Gallo would survive his wounds but Coniglaro was left partially paralyzed.
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. His nickname is derived from the lightly toasted breakfast cereal Special K manufactured by the Kellogg Company. It is never revealed how he earned this peculiar nickname. Special K is also a slang term used to refer to the drug Ketamine and therefore could be an indication that he is either a user or dealer of this particular drug.
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 driver Roberto are hired to assassinate Phil Leotardo, but in a case of mistaken identity Italo murders Yarnya, Phil's mistress and housemaid, 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 very little English.
Associates of Christopher, of Islamic descent. They are frequent habituates at the Bing and seek help from Chris in acquiring stolen credit cards and TEC-9 semi-automatic pistols which are suspected to help with terrorist activities in the United States. They are suspected sleeper cell terrorists for Al Qaeda by Tony and Chris. Tony passed their names and Ahmed's cell phone number to the FBI, in hopes to gain whereabbouts on Phil Leotardos location.
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. Due to the fact that 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. Tony Soprano's visits were actually used for therapy, unlike Corrado Soprano's many doctor appointments which he arranged to have clandestine meetings with organized crime members.
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.
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. Angelo's surname is an obvious reference to notorious Detroit, Michigan mobster Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone who was alleged to have been involved in the disappearance of James R. Hoffa.
Barry Haydu was a detective lieutenant with the Clifton police force until his retirement in 2002. 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 pastel silk shirts and two or three gardenia leis around his neck. Tony told Christopher that Haydu was also responsible for his father's death. According to Tony, Haydu was a gambler with serious debts back when he was a uniform 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. 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 Tom Selleck's Magnum P.I.. Haydu denied any involvement in Dickie's death but Chris states that it does not really matter because Tony wanted Haydu dead. Chris shoots Haydu twice with Haydu's own gun. Chris placed the gun back in Haydu's hand staging the crime scene to look like a suicide.
Kamal is a Islam-born Hindu 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 Kamal 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 2 others burned Hesh and Eli out of their car, hit Hesh and beat up Eli. Eli fled into the street and was the victim of a hit and run as he tried to escape. He was hospitalized by the accident.
A bodyguard and friend who in rap artist Massive Genius' crew. He is first approached Christopher and Adriana to make an introduction between them and Massive. He also attended the sit down Massive has with Hesh Rabkin. He is a spoof of hip hop artist Jason Mizell who is better known as Jam-Master Jay who worked in New York City. His name is short for "Orange Juice".
Assisted Tony in a shake down of a construction firm by organizing a group of protesters. Son of the Reverend Herman James, Sr. Attended Livia Soprano's funeral. A friend of Assemblyman Ronald Zellman. He is loosely based on Reverend Al Sharpton who has business ties to the Gambino crime family.
Emil is a Czech American. It is unknown if Emil was born in born in or descended from, the territory of the historic Czech lands, constituting the Kingdom of Bohemia (consisting of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia), or succession states, now known as the Czech Republic. Emil was a graduate from Essex University 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, with the dubious honor 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 bidding contract war over garbage routes controlled by Soprano family front organization Barone Sanitation. Chris lured him to Satriale's under the pretense of seeking an amicable solution to the problem. 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 move the body as Chris becomes paranoid after dreaming about Emil. The body is buried on the grounds of Pat Blundetto's farmhouse, where Chris and Tony Blundetto are forced to move it a third time after the land is sold to developers. The bones are broken up and thrown in the bottom of a lake.
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 Labetalo if Tony organized someone to "take care of their problems". Tony appointed Bobby to do the hit. Bobby managed to track down Rene at the dry cleaners 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" so Bobby walked forward and shot Rene LeCours.
Alex is a Irish-American 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 a waterfall and implying that a refusal would get him thrown over.
Vin Makazian was a 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 1999. Vin was over-enthusiastic in this role, having misunderstood the relationship between Tony and Dr. Melfi. He tailed her and pulled her 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. Vin is loosely based on Gambino crime family capo Salvatore Reale.
Vin was responsible for informing Tony that Pussy Bonpensiero was a rat, prompting Tony's suspicions of Pussy.
Frequented a brothel and had a friendship with the madam there. Arrested at the brothel along with Soprano crime family capo Raymond Curto. Vin committed suicide by jumping from a bridge shortly after his arrest. Tony visited the madam who he had a theraputic relationship with and she divulges to Tony that Vin loooked to him as a friend and like Tony was prone to depression, this leaves Tony depressed as he to delt with depression and had always treated the detective with disdain.
Vin appeared in the episode "The Test Dream" in Tony's titular dream as the father of Finn (Meadow Soprano's fiancée). Tony's subconscious may have put the two together because of their similar sounding names.
Massive Genius was a successful rapper in 1999. He met with Christopher Moltisanti and Adrianna La Cerva by chance at a burger bar where Chris offended the customers by making racist remarks. Massive's crew were ready to start something but a police officer intervened informing them that Chris was affiliated with the Soprano crew.
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 adviser Herman "Hesh" Rabkin's record label and he was seeking money for a relative. Massive became involved in Ade's aspirations of becoming a music producer and listened to a demo she made. He also had Chris arrange a sit down with Hesh where it seemed violence might break out — however Massive instead threatened litigation if payment was not forthcoming. He apparently demurred when 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.
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.
Harold Melvoin was Junior Soprano's lawyer from 1999–2004. Also known as Mel and Hal. Following Junior's arrest on Federal Racketeering charges Mel allowed him to use his office to conduct business as it was one of the few places he was allowed to visit while under house arrest.
He conducted junior's defense throughout his first RICO trial and helped Junior with schemes like pretending a minor head injury on the court house steps had 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.
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 insulating himself by communicating through closely trusted friends wherever possible.
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.
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. Dialogue also indicates that Paglieri is "practically retired" in his organization. He is also the first and only character on the show who represented a New York family other than Lupertazzis.
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 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.
"Yo-Yo" is a drug dealer who pays points to Christopher early on in his career. 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."
Reuben is a Cuban-American associate of the DiMeo crime family who has a fondness towards racing horses. It is alleged that Rueben resides in North Jersey. 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 legitimate gambling industry with Chief Doug Smith. Marty organises a meeting between Tony Soprano and Chief Doug Smith during the civil unrest over Christopher Columbus Day. He is a licensed helicopter pilot and later Marty organises a night at the casino for Tony and friends and flies them home in the casino's private helicopter.
Doug Smith is the CEO of Mohank Casino (a pun on the Indian word Mohawk), 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 componsated visit at his casino. He reaches out to Tony to try and help him book Frankie Valli to play the casino.
Theodoro "Teddy" Spirodakis is an untidy, obese Greek-American compulsive gambler. It is unknown if he an emigrant from when Greece was part of Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia or the European Union. He has a liking for fried chicken. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He is killed by Eugene Pontecorvo on orders from Christopher Moltisanti for not paying his gambling debts. Eugene murders Teddy with the hopes that fulfilling this last murder contract will free him from the binds of the DiMeo crime family so he can "retire" from the life of organized crime. His request for retirement to Tony Soprano are unsuccessful. 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 the DiMeo crime family.
He is a wealthy Cuban-Argentinian 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."
Valery was a Chechen associate of the Russian mob acquainted with Tony Soprano through his business association with the organization. He is based on real life Russian mobster counterpart Bosko Radonjich who had ties to The Westies and the La Cosa Nostra. Valery was shown as a heavy drinker and volatile alcoholic who got into debt with the Soprano crew — specifically Silvio Dante. He is fluent in both his native Russian language and English language. Upon coming from the wartorn and poverty stricken Chechnya 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 demanded Valery retire the debt in order to keep up excellent relations with the Soprano crew. 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 (he drinks Smirnoff) and drug addiction. Paulie Walnuts and Christopher Moltisanti visited him to collect his payment but Paulie caused a brawl and 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 Pine Barrens is nothing compared to the Russian tundra, to which he then attacked an overconfident Paulie and Christopher with the shovel they gave him and escaped. Unbeknownst to Paulie and Christopher, Valery had been a member of the Spetsnaz in his native Russia, and fought in Chechen Republic of Ichkeria during the what is assumed to be the Second Chechen War which began in 1999 with a confirmed 16 kills. Paulie claimed to have shot him in the head (as Valery was running to get away), but there is speculation that he survived - even though Paulie clearly hit Valery's head, he was still seen running. Paulie and Christopher, unprepared for the rigors of outdoor life, start to freeze and become scared Valery may be stalking them in order to kill them. Valery's body was never found, and Paulie's car was stolen from the remote location where it was parked in the wilderness although it is never confirmed if it was Valery, and not someone else, who stole it. Tony chastises Paulie for his recklessness over a simple collection matter. Tony says because the car was stolen with Valery's money, now Paulie is responsible for Valery's debt to Silvio, and that if Valery is ever to return to civilization, Paulie will be brought to task before Slava. An HBO promo for the final 9 episodes of the series seems to confirm that Valery was indeed killed in the Pine Barrens, dispelling fan speculation that he had survived the ordeal. The promo shows notable characters who have been murdered over the course of the series and displays each character's name and the episode number and title in which he or she met his demise. Valery is featured, and 'Episode #37' is displayed as the episode of his death. However, there is a question mark at the end of the episode number for Valery, leaving some doubt about his demise.
Ronald Zellman was Assemblyman for New Jersey in 2000 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 Reverend James Junior and they attended Livia Soprano's funeral together. Zellman was instrumental in having a cop that gave Tony a speeding ticket removed from patrol and assigned to the evidence locker, where he is no longer leigible for overtime and ends up working in a garden center to make up the lost pay. Tony later regretted this and asked Zellman to move him back. He also helped Tony to 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 arrived at their home and beat Zellman with a belt. Irina left Zellman some time after this because he was no longer able to perform in bed. Although Tony and Zellman have not been shown meeting since the incident, he turned to the Assemblyman in 2006, allowing AJ to be released from police custody following his abortive attempt to murder his great-uncle Junior.
The beautiful and curvaceous daughter of Zi Vittorio, head of the Neapolitan famiglia in Naples (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 Vittorio in Naples to discuss the parameters of their arrangement. When he finally meets Zi Vittorio, Tony finds that he's a senile, wheelchair-bound 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 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 symbolise Tony's idealised image of women in Italy.
Mauro Zucca is the acting boss of the Neapolitan famiglia in Naples, who is currently serving a life sentence. He is the housband of Zi Vittorio's daughter Annalisa, and also a distant cousin of Tony Soprano.
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.