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SOPRANO, Anthony "Tony" Sr.
(The Sopranos)
633 Stag Trail Road
North Caldwell, New Jersey 07006

Tony is in "waste management." Born Italian-American in 1959, he grew up in Newark and West Orange, New Jersey. Today, Tony is married and the acting boss of the DiMeo family, the most powerful criminal organization in New Jersey. When  the pressures from his job and family life started to give Tony anxiety attacks, he hooked up with female therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, a Prozac-prescribing psychiatrist. Now Tony's got his own private shrink with whom he can share all his problems.

James Gandolfini as Mobster Tony Soprano - Photo courtesy of HBO - THE SOPRANOS
    

Speaking of problems, Tony's family includes:

  • His manipulative mother Livia Pollio Soprano [now deceased] who once tried to whack Tony for putting her in a nursing home
  •  Johnny Boy Soprano, Tony's father [died of lung cancer], a former DiMeo capo who brought his boy into his profession
  • Tony's uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano, the head of the family business and ringleader
  • Janice Soprano, Tony's big sister and the eldest child of Livia and Johnny Boy Soprano. Janice has a big problem with her mouth and her temper,
  • Carmela DeAngelis Soprano, Tony's high school sweetheart who became Mrs. Anthony Soprano
  • Anthony "Tony" Jr,, Tony's foul-mouthed, undisciplined son whose never gonna take over the family business
  • Meadow Mariangela Soprano, Tony's tough-minded firstborn daughter who now attends Columbia University. She suspects her dad is in the mob but never gets him to own up to it.

For a good time, Tony cheats on his wife with the local goomars (Mafia mistresses). When he's not sticking his dick into "anything with a pulse" [per Carmela] Tony hangs out at the Bada Bing, a strip club managed by Silvio Dante or on his boat, the "Stugotz" (Italian for "stupid").

A special warning: If Tony invites you on his boat, make sure you've been a very, very good boy or you might end up "sleeping with the fishes" like former mafia soldier Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bompensiero who, unfortunately for Tony, turned FBI snitch.

Oh yeah, one more thing: don't say anything bad about Tony's horse Pie-O-My (It died in a stable fire). Tony got so upset that he whacked wiseguy Ralphie Cifaretto, whom Tony suspected of setting the fire.

Hey, what can I say, Tony's got a problem with his temper. Looks like another visit to his shrink, Dr. Melfi is in order. Capiche?

The last we saw of the Soprano family, Tony, Carmela, Meadow and Anthony Jr. were having dinner in a New Jersey restaurant when a suspicious characters entered the room. Was he a friend or foe?. Did they get whacked or make a deal with the FBI to enter the Witness Protection Program? We will never know.


A Sopranos' "Whacked" List

Whacked (Shot while Jogging) Mikey Palmice, Consigliere
Whacked (rat stuffed in mouth) Jimmy Altierei (a snitch)     
Whacked (wrapped in chains
and dumped in the ocean) 
Salvatore "Big Pussy"
Bompensiero
Whacked (by Christopher)   Barry Haydu 
Whacked (Shot in chest)   Richie Aprile (killed by Janice)
Whacked (by'Vito Spatafore)   Jackie Aprile Jr.    
Whacked     Philly Parisi   
Whacked (Beat to Death by Ralphie) Ralphie's Stripper girlfriend (she was pregnant at the time)
Whacked (Beat to Death by Tony) Ralph Cifaretto  

 And the list goes on...

Some "Mob Speak"

  • Associate: one who works with mobsters, buy s gullr fledged mobster ("Made guy")
  • Borgata: an organized crime Family.
  • Capo: the Family member who leads a crew; short for capodecina.
  • Code of silence: not ratting on your colleagues once you've been pinched. arrested. See also - "omertá"
  • Consigliere: the Family advisor, who is always consulted before decisions are made.
  • Crew: the group of soldiers under the capo's command.
  • Cugine: a young soldier striving to be made.
  • Don: the head of the Family
  • Garbage business: euphemism for organized crime.
  • Goomah (sometimes pronounced "goomar"): a Mafia mistress; also cumare.
  • Made guy: an indoctrinated member of the Family.
  • Message job: placing the bullet in someone's body such that a specific message is sent to that person's crew or family. For example:  through the eye - a message job through the eye says "We're watching you!"  and  through the mouth -  indicates that someone WAS a rat.
  • Omertá: to take a vow of silence in the Mafia, punishable by death if not upheld.
  • Spring cleaning: cleaning up, hiding or getting rid of evidence.
  • Rat: one who snitches or squeals after having been pinched.
  • RICO: Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Passed in 1970 to aid the government in clamping down on organized crime activities. 
  • Soldier: the bottom-level member of an organized crime Family, as in "foot soldiers."
  • Underboss: the second in command to the boss.
  • Whack: to murder; also clip, hit, pop, burn, put a contract out.
  • Wiseguy: a made guy.

See also Series Finales


THE SOPRANOS/HBO/1999-2007

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
Lorraine Bracco  as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Tony Sirico as Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Robert Iler  as Anthony 'A.J.' Soprano, Jr.
Steve Van Zandt  as Silvio Dante
Dominic Chianese as Corrado 'Junior' Soprano
Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano
Drea de Matteo  as Adriana La Cerva
Dan Grimaldi as Pasquale 'Patsy' Parisi
Steve Schirripa as Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri
Joseph R. Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore
John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco
Sharon Angela as Rosalie Aprile


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