The Sopranos is one of the most successful HBO series of all time. Six seasons and 86 episodes of the mafia series were produced between 1999 and 2007. The series was awarded five Golden Globes and 21 Emmys. Many of the performers have Italian roots and previously starred in the famous Mafia films such as The Godfather and Goodfellas.
James Gandolfini plays the main role of the mafia boss "Anthony 'Tony' Soprano ". He won three Emmys and two Golden Globes for his outstanding performance on the TV show. In the final season, Gandolfini was paid a million dollars per episode.
Lorraine Bracco portrayed the Psychotherapist "Dr. Jennifer Melfi". "Tony Soprano" finds "Dr. Melfi" after he starts suffering from panic attacks and memory lapses. A very special relationship develops between the two.
Lorraine Bracco was nominated for numerous awards for the role of "Dr. Melfi". After the series ended, she appeared in various movies and series and joined the main cast of the series Rizzoli & Isles in 2010.
Edie Falco played "Tony Soprano's" wife "Carmela Soprano". The two have a difficult relationship. "Carmela" knows what kind of men her husband does business with and that he cheats on her constantly. The two are separated for a short period of time during the show.
Even Edie Falco won several awards for her role as "Carmela Soprano". She also played the leading role in the series Nurse Jackie from 2009 until 2015.
Michael Imperioli played the role of "Christopher Moltisanti", "Tony Soprano's" cousin. Drea de Matteo played "Adriana La Cerva", "Christopher Moltisanti's" girlfriend and later wife.
Michael Imperioli has Italian roots, like almost all of the cast members of The Sopranos. Aside from acting, Imperioli is also a screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for five episodes and after The Sopranos, he starred in various series such as Life on Mars, Detroit 1-8-7 and even Californication. He was last seen in the series Hawaii Five-0 and the Amazon original series Mad Dogs.
Drea di Matteo eventually died on the show, like many other other cast member on the The Sopranos and therefore left the series after 54 episodes. She played a lead role in the series Joey from 2004-2006. She also had a supporting role in the TV show Desperate Housewives and starred as "Wendy Case" in the smash hit series Sons of Anarchy. She was also on the big screen starring alongside Charlize Theron in the movie Dark Places in 2015.
Tony Siricio played "Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri". Siricio appeared in The Godfather and Goodfellas, therefore, was the perfect candidate for the role of "Paulie Gualtieri".
Tony Siricio won two SAG Awards for the role of "Paulie Gualtieri". He still works as a actor: the FOX animated series Family Guy and voices the role of "Vinny Griffin" after the producers decided to kill off "Brian Griffin" for a few episodes.
David Proval played "Richie Aprile", "Jackie Aprile's" brother.
After playing "David Proval" on the hit series The Sopranos, he was able to star in a variety of different feature films and TV movies, such as Smokin' Aces, Workers Comp and The M Word. Even now, he is still starring in a variety of productions in his mid-seventies.
Dominic Chianese played the role of "Corrado 'Junior' Soprano", "Tony Soprano's" Uncle.
Dominic Chianese became world famous for his role as "Johnny Ola" in The Godfather Part II and was also nominated for several awards for his part in The Sopranos. Chianese appeared in several other movies and series after The Sopranos ended. He was on the show Boardwalk Empire from 2011 to 2103 and had a role on The Good Wife from 2012 until 2014.
Musician and actor Steven van Zandt played "Silvio 'Sil' Manfred Dante". "Sil" is an important counselor to "Tony", best friend and a loyal confidant.
Steven van Zandt became famous as the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's 'E-Street Band', with whom he went on world tours with on several occasions. He was last seen in the Norwegian series Lilyhammer, in which he plays a mafia boss, of course.
Robert Iler played the role of "Anthony Soprano Jr." in The Sopranos. Jamie-Lynn Sigler starred as his sister "Meadow Soprano".
The Sopranos could have been Robert Iler's big break, but sadly he wasn't able to land any major roles after the series ended. He was last seen on an episode of Law & Order back in 2009.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler was able to get a number of roles after her The Sopranos ended. She had roles in show likes Ugly Betty and Entourage (as herself). She starred in the series Guys with Kids from 2012 until 2013.
Vincent Pastore starred as "Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero" in the hit series The Sopranos, a good friend of the legendary "Tony Soprano". Sadly, during the series he started working with the FBI which led to him getting shot by "Tony Soprano" in the end.
Before starring in The Sopranos, Vincent also had already starred in the famous mafia movie Goodfellas. Pastore was also seen in other shows such as Quenns Supreme and General Hospital. In 2016, he appeared in the feature film Men of Violence.
Aida Turturro played the eldest sister of "Tony Soprano", "Janice Soprano".
After The Sopranos, Aida Turturro guest starred in numerous TV shows such as E.R., Nurse Jackie, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Turturro was last seen in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.