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What The Cast Of The Sopranos Looks Like Today

Before Game of Thrones came along, The Sopranos was the jewel in HBO's crown, considered groundbreaking television for a variety of reasons: the unpredictable plot, the gritty realism, introducing the word 'gabagool' to people outside of New Jersey. But perhaps the biggest key to the show's success was the talented ensemble cast, most of whom we learned to love and hate in equal measure over the course of six unforgettable seasons. Many of the actors who brought David Chase's mob drama to life have moved on to continued accomplishments in the years since, while others have suffered tragic fates. Here's where your favorite Sopranos actors are now—and we promise not to end this article by suddenly cutting to black.

Edie Falco

Edith 'Edie' Falco was already on HBO's radar when the network started looking for Tony's wife Carmela Soprano, having portrayed prison officer Diane Whittlesey in their dark crime drama Oz during the first four seasons of the show. It was a new direction for Falco after cutting her teeth in indie movies (her first speaking role in a feature film came in the 1994 Woody Allen flick Bullets Over Broadway) but she took to it well, earning numerous honors for her portrayal of the beleaguered mafia wife, nabbing a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG award in a single year.

Critical acclaim followed Falco into her next project, Nurse Jackie, with the Brooklyn-born actress playing the titular role in the edgy Showtime dramedy from 2009 until it came to an end in 2015.  "Lately American TV has been willing to see the flaws in people," she told The Guardian when Nurse Jackie was just two seasons old. "Now all you see are characters striving to be good but just falling short of it. Viewers want to see more characters they can imagine really existing. Carmela and Jackie definitely fall into that category."

She moved on to Louis C.K.'s popular 2016 web series Horace and Pete and has dabbled in movies in recent years, though she hasn't left TV behind; her recent projects include the Law and Order miniseries True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

Robert Iler

Robert Iler got busted for marijuana possession and second-degree robbery early in The Sopranos' run, when he was just 16 years old. He and his friends were reported to police after two teens were robbed in a New York park and Iler was picked up by cops with $40 of weed on him, though in a statement he denied any wrongdoing. "I feel terribly embarrassed," he said. "I never, ever would or did rob anybody in my life." After The Sopranos Iler gave up acting for poker, moving to Las Vegas in 2012 so he could focus on the World Series of Poker full-time after entering the high-stakes competition on a handful of occasions as a youngster.

"I've played the World Series a couple times before, this is my fifth year here," he told Poker News. "I usually just play the Main, but 43 is a lucky for me so I'm going to play a lot more events this year... Probably between six and 12 depending on how I do on the cash games on the side." The former AJ actor went on to explain how his obsession with card games started when his grandmother taught him how to play rummy and gin, but playing for fun sounds like it's a thing of the past. "I would like to win a bracelet," he admitted, "but realistically I would just like to win a ton of money."

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler literally grew up on the set of The Sopranos, winning the part of Tony's daughter Meadow Soprano fresh out of community theater. "I had never been in front of a camera before, I had never been on a set before, so everything was brand new," she said. "It was my acting school, it was my everything school. I felt very protected on that set. I think being one of the only two kids on the set, Jim [Gandolfini], everyone, the whole crew, really looked out for us and made sure we were comfortable and confident."

Unfortunately, much like her onscreen sibling Robert Iler, Sigler peaked early with the The Sopranos, never managing to outgrow it despite her best efforts. She tried to launch a career in pop music during the show's run, though when that died and her time as Meadow ended, opportunities proved few. The real reason for her sparse filmography was revealed in 2016, when the actress admitted that she had been suffering from MS for a number of years, telling Access Hollywood (via Daily Mail) that the last time she had the energy to run was in the Sopranos finale. "That's literally the last time I can ever remember feeling that freedom in my body," she said.

Michael Imperioli

Christopher Moltisanti, the drug-addicted, volatile soldier of the Sopranos crew, couldn't be farther from the Buddhist theater nerd that Michael Imperioli is in real life. The actor told Marc Maron on his WTF Podcast that he's not only always loved theater—and actually operated one for a time—but that he's a sort of Renaissance man who plays music and has many other varied interests, including gastronomy: he won the Chopped Tournament of Stars cooking tournament in 2014.

Imperioli was first noticed playing bit-part character Spider in Martin Scorsese's 1990 mob classic Goodfellas, taking part in a memorable, expletive-laden exchange with Joe Pesci's Tommy DeVito in which he stands up for himself and ends up full of holes. He flitted between film and TV in the years that followed, but wouldn't land his real breakout role until the end of the decade, when HBO brought him back into the gangster fold with The Sopranos.

In the years since he was killed off by Tony, he hasn't managed to find the same levels of acclaim he enjoyed while playing the tragic Christopher, as a quick glance at his splat-heavy Rotten Tomatoes record proves. Of his last 15 films reviewed by the website's network of critics, 13 have been declared rotten, with the low point being 2004's My Baby's DaddyMore recently, he's been lured back to television, appearing as Zach Braff's right-hand hand man in the ABC comedy Alex, Inc..

Drea de Matteo

Drea de Matteo quickly become a fan favorite with her in-your-face performance as Adriana, winning an Emmy in 2004 for her work as the longtime girlfriend and later fiancée of "Christapha" Moltisanti. By the time the FBI got to her in their attempts to gather a case against Christopher, she was a fixture on the show, making her death at the hands of another beloved character, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), particularly shocking.

De Matteo revealed during a Reddit AMA that her killer was less than pleased about the way the scene went down. "Van Zandt was actually the most p***** off about it," she said. "He just didn't want to do it. And I had to talk him into how awesome it was gonna be and how important it was. He didn't want to pull me out of that car, he didn't want to call me a c-word, he didn't want to shoot me in the head."

While the Queens-born actress has dabbled in film from time to time (her last feature-length role of any note came in disappointing murder mystery Dark Places), de Matteo has stuck with TV for the most part since meeting her end in The Sopranos: she played Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina in his short-lived Friends spinoff, brassy Italian-American Angie in Desperate Housewives, and Jax's ex-wife Wendy in Sons of Anarchy before supporting Jennifer Lopez in the NBC cop drama Shades of Blue.

Steven Van Zandt

Before, during, and after The Sopranos, Steven Van Zandt has been a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, which makes Little Steven (or Miami Steve, as he sometimes goes by in E Street circles) one of the few cast members who are more famous for their contributions outside the show. Van Zandt had zero professional acting experience when he decided to audition for a role in The Sopranos, and he came away with the part of Silvio Dante in the bag. Of course, the fact that David Chase was a huge Springsteen fan probably helped his cause.

"I was very lucky with The Sopranos," Van Zandt told Rolling Stone, explaining the lengths that Chase would go to in making sure his touring with the E Street Band could continue unhindered by the show's production schedule. "[David] was such a fan—he would book all my scenes on off days during a tour." Perhaps that's the reason that Dante's fate (he was left comatose after being shot in the finale) was left open-ended?

One much-discussed fan theory is that the character he later played in Lilyhammer (the first-ever Netflix original series) was actually a manifestation of Sil's imagination and the show was taking place in a coma dream. If that was the case, then Netflix decided to unplug the life support in 2015, canceling the show after three seasons against Van Zandt's wishes. He hasn't appeared in anything since.

Tony Sirico (Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri)

What set Tony Sirico aside from his Sopranos castmates was that his tough guy act wasn't actually an act: he grew up in and around the notorious district of Bensonhurst, New York, a long-established mafia hotspot. Long before he was cast as wing-tipped sociopath Paulie Walnuts, Sirico took a Los Angeles Times reporter on a tour of the area, calling it a "good Italian neighborhood." Living there wasn't easy, however, as Sirico explained in full detail.

"I was a pistol-packing guy," he said. "The first time I went away to prison, they searched me to see if I had a gun, and I had three of 'em on me. In our neighborhood, if you weren't carrying a gun, it was like you were the rabbit during rabbit-hunting season." During his last stretch behind bars in the late 1970s, Sirico saw a performance by a group of ex-con actors and decided he had the looks and guts to do what they were doing.

His confidence wasn't misplaced. After minor appearances in films like Goodfellas and Bullets Over Broadway, Sirico finally won a role of some real substance and ended up playing a central part in some of the all-time greatest Sopranos episodes, particularly "Pine Barrens." Outside of reuniting with Steven Van Zandt in Lilyhammer and working with Woody Allen again for 2016's Cafe Society, Sirico hasn't done much in the years since, though he occasionally cashes in on his tough guy image with cameos.

Dominic Chianese (Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano)

Dominic Chianese has been acting for over five decades, though despite the many credits he's accumulated, he's still best known for his role as Tony's pain-in-the-ass uncle Corrado 'Junior' Soprano. Chianese did a great job portraying the embittered old school mobster, especially towards the end as his dementia took over and he shot Tony. Like Michael Imperioli, one of Chianese's early credits came in another classic of the mafia genre—he made his second film appearance in 1974's The Godfather Part II, the first time he'd share the screen with Al Pacino (the pair appeared together in 1975's Dog Day Afternoon, 1979's And Justice For All and 1996's Looking for Richard).

Post-Sopranos, Chianese plied his trade on Boardwalk Empire, another gangland hit for HBO. He appeared in 12 episodes as Leander Cephas Whitlock and was rewarded for his efforts along with the entire ensemble cast at the 2012 SAG Awards. Outside of acting, Chianese has a side career as a tenor, which won't come as a surprise to Sopranos fans who watched him bring grown mobsters to tears with his rendition of "Core 'ngrato" in the season 3 finale. He likes to use his singing to raise money for charity and performs in nursing homes to entertain the elderly, though he hasn't giving up on acting—recent projects include a remake of Vittorio De Sica's postwar masterpiece Umberto D.

Federico Castelluccio (Furio Giunta)

Federico Castelluccio was born in the Italian city of Naples and moved to New Jersey when he was just four, so while the accent he used as ponytailed enforcer Furio in The Sopranos was pretty convincing, in truth it was slightly put on. "[It's] a compilation of my parents, my older brothers and my sister and the people I grew up with on 21st Avenue," the actor told the New York Times. ”They're really very proud to have somebody from their neighborhood that is on the show that they love. Almost everybody I know tells me they get together with friends and family and have Sopranos parties every Sunday.”

Castelluccio has remained active in the industry in the years since The Sopranos ended, though he's been largely seen in bit parts here and there—which leaves him with more time to dedicate to his other great passion, art. Not only is he a renowned realist painter, but Castelluccio is an avid collector of baroque pieces and actually made a huge sale in 2014 when he discovered a lost 17th century work hidden away at a market in Frankfurt. He paid a little under $60,000 for the painting of early Christian martyr Saint Sebastian, which was being sold under unknown artists. Having studied famed Italian artist Guercino for years, he recognized his work in an instant and quickly organized the sale. With its authenticity verified, the painting is said to be valued in the millions.

Steve Schirripa (Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri)

Yet another Sopranos star with an early credit in a beloved gangster flick, Brooklyn-born Steve Schirripa's first experience in front of the camera came as an unnamed man sitting at a bar in Martin Scorsese's Casino. He also played an unnamed goon in 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas before winning the part of Bobby Baccalieri, a character who started out as a low-level soldier before becoming a top aide to Junior Soprano and eventually Tony's brother-in-law and underboss, which would lead to him getting whacked by the New York families while buying a toy train for his collection.

Schirripa is still best known as a TV actor, appearing in The Secret Life of an American Teenager between 2008 and 2013 and more recently New York cop drama Blue Bloods, but he's also found success as an author—he co-wrote two books about a suburban teenager called Nicky Deuce who's sent to visit grandparents in Brooklyn. Nicky Deuce: Welcome to the Family and Nicky Deuce: Home for the Holidays proved so popular that Nickelodeon adapted them into a TV movie featuring a number of Sopranos alumni, including James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, and Tony Sirico.

Schirripa's recent projects include two feature films: he's starring in a musical biography of forgotten Italian crooner Jimmy Roselli and, like so many Sopranos cast members before him, is getting on board with Woody Allen for Allen's Wonder Wheel, joining a cast that includes Kate Winslet, Juno Temple and Justin Timberlake.

James Gandolfini

The late James Gandolfini made his living as a character actor before being cast in the career-defining role of Tony Soprano, a role he was offered after being spotted by casting directors playing a no-nonsense gangster in 1993's True Romance. Following Gandolfini's sad passing from a heart attack while on vacation in Rome with family in 2013, Sopranos showrunner David Chase paid tribute to his leading man, calling him one of the all-time greats. "James was a genius, anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that," Chase said. "He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."

Gandolfini never saw himself that way in life, however, and was convinced that the part of Tony (originally to be called Tommy Soprano) would go to someone a little more photogenic. "I thought they would hire someone a little more debonair, some good-looking guy, not George Clooney, but some Italian George Clooney, and that would be that," he said—but he was wrong, and when The Sopranos wrapped in 2007, he had plenty of doors open to him. While he did make a couple of questionable decisions (taking a part in "safe and predictable" comedy flop The Incredible Burt Wonderstone being one of them) he was on a real run when he passed, appearing in five Certified Fresh films in the space of two years.