List of The Sopranos characters in the Lupertazzi crime family
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|Named after||Carmine Lupertazzi|
|Founding location||New York City|
|Territory||The only territories known are Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, South Florida, Long Island and Northern New Jersey|
|Ethnicity||Italian and Italian-American made men, with other ethnicities as "associates"|
|Membership||200+ made men, unknown number of associates|
|Criminal activities||Racketeering, waste management, bootlegging, bookmaking, bribery, highjacking, loan sharking, extortion, contract killing, conspiracy, robbery, drug trafficking, fencing, illegal gambling, murder, prostitution, pornography, corruption, fraud, construction management, theft, and money laundering|
|Allies||The other four New York Mafia families and the DiMeo crime family|
|Rivals||Various street gangs in NYC and their allies at times|
The Lupertazzi crime family consists of an administration and various crews, eight of which are depicted over the course of the series.
The following is a listing of fictional characters from The Sopranos that are associated with the Lupertazzi crime family.
Lupertazzi crime family overviewEdit
The Lupertazzi crime family is a major partner of the DiMeo crime family and one of the Five Families. They are larger and more powerful than the DiMeo family. It is assumed that the other crime families in New York are fictional; however, there have been references to real-life mob figures Joe Profaci, Albert Anastasia, John Gotti, Joey Gallo, Joe Massino and Paul Castellano as well as to the Colombo crime family. At least three or four other families are known of: the Teresi family, the Mangano family (which historically was headed by Vincent Mangano, a forerunner of the Gambino crime family), and the Paglieri family. One was run by George Paglieri until his retirement, and another is controlled by John Sacrimoni's brother-in-law, Andy, whose last name and family is not known. He may be the brother of Ginny Sacrimoni and Anthony Infante, or the husband of an unnamed sister of John's. Due to its large size, the Lupertazzi crime family likely represents either the Gambino, Genovese or Lucchese crime families.
The Lupertazzi family is based in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (as well as having at least one crew operating out of Delray, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and South Miami, Florida). The family was headed by Carmine Lupertazzi, Sr. until his death in 2004. The Lupertazzi family is known for their close dealings with the DiMeo crime family, particularly on the esplanade construction site with their connections in the United Association, Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and HUD projects in Newark, New Jersey. The Lupertazzi family consists of around 200 soldiers.
The Lupertazzi family has gone through some internal friction over the years, with Boss Carmine Lupertazzi and his underboss, John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni, each reaching out to North Jersey Boss Tony Soprano to perform a hit on the other. Neither hit ended up being carried out. The family fell into disarray after Carmine Sr.'s death when his son, "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi, came up from Florida to try and take control from Johnny Sack, who had been eyeing the top position for years. Key crews in the family split loyalties: capos Phil Leotardo and Jimmy Petrille sided with Johnny Sack in the conflict, while capos Rusty Millio, Jerry Basile and consigliere Angelo Garepe sided with Little Carmine. Tony Soprano came to Johnny Sack with a compromise: there would be a power-sharing situation with Little Carmine, Johnny, and Angelo holding the title as boss and decisions being made with the consent of at least two bosses. Johnny Sack refused, insulted by the proposition.
Associates loyal to Little Carmine, loan shark Lorraine Calluzzo and her enforcer Jason Evanina, were killed on the orders of Johnny Sack as punishment for kicking part of their earnings up to Little Carmine. As payback, Rusty and Angelo reached out to Tony Blundetto, an associate in the DiMeo crime family and cousin to Tony Soprano, to kill "Joey Peeps" Peparelli, an associate close to Johnny Sack. Phil and his brother, Billy Leotardo, retaliated by stuffing Angelo inside a car and shooting him in the head. Tony Blundetto, a close friend of Angelo from their time in prison, then went after Phil, wounding him and killing Billy.
After the attacks on Angelo and the Leotardo brothers, Little Carmine retreated back to Florida. Johnny Sack was installed as official boss of the Lupertazzi family. His first order of business was to demand that Tony Soprano deliver Tony Blundetto to his doorstep, making it clear that he would then be tortured and killed by Phil. Tony Soprano, unwilling to allow Phil to do that to his cousin, refused to give up Blundetto, who had gone into hiding. Leotardo responded by attacking Soprano associate Benny Fazio, sending him to the hospital with a skull fracture. Facing increased pressure from his own family, Tony shot and killed Tony Blundetto himself with a shotgun blast to the head. Phil was outraged that he had been cheated of the chance to avenge Billy's death himself, but Johnny Sack, more practical than Phil, met with Tony and agreed to re-establish business dealings with the North Jersey Boss. However, at that meeting, the FBI raided Johnny Sack's home and arrested him. It was later revealed that Jimmy Petrille, prospective consigliere to Johnny Sack and a friend of Johnny's father, had given information about the last 18 years of Johnny Sack's criminal activities to the federal government.
With Johnny Sack in jail and awaiting trial, Phil Leotardo was named Acting Boss of the Lupertazzi family. Despite holding a grudge after the death of his brother Billy and a minor incident involving Acting Capo Gerry Torciano and Hesh Rabkin, Phil maintained a working relationship with the Soprano family.
Johnny Sack, fearing another uprising from Rusty Millio, reached out to Tony Soprano through Phil to whack the rebellious capo. Tony refused Phil's request, but later agreed to put out the hit when Johnny talked to him at his daughter Allegra's wedding (which Johnny was allowed to attend for six hours provided he paid for security costs). When the feds interrupted the departure of Allegra's wedding limo to take Johnny back to prison, John burst into tears. Phil made it a point after the wedding to speak out on his diminished regard for his boss.
Tony Soprano made good on his promise to Johnny, and sent two men from Naples to whack Rusty Millio and soldier Eddie Pietro outside of his home. However, more tension arose between the two families when Phil's cousin-in-law, Vito Spatafore, the captain of Tony's top-earning crew, was outed as a homosexual.
In the winter of 2006, Johnny Sack pleaded guilty to 47 RICO predicates, receiving a 15-year sentence. As part of the plea, he admitted that he was a member of La Cosa Nostra. When hearing this, Lupertazzi family members denounced their boss, saying that he broke the vow of silence.
Becoming virtually the Boss of the Lupertazzi family, Phil immediately started flexing his power, renegotiating no-show jobs shared with the Soprano family and torturing and killing Aprile crew captain Vito Spatafore before Tony could get the chance to settle things within his own family. In retaliation, Tony planned on hurting Phil financially, but his plans were complicated when Carlo Gervasi and Silvio Dante killed Dominic "Fat Dom" Gamiello, a soldier in the Lupertazzi family.
Tony officially responded to Vito's death by blowing up a Sheepshead Bay wire room operated by Phil. Phil and his comare (mistress/lover) were approaching the business as it exploded but were unharmed.
Subsequently, a sit-down was arranged by Little Carmine Lupertazzi between Phil and Tony. A truce was almost agreed until Little Carmine brought up the death of Phil's brother Billy. Phil became enraged and left the sit-down after insulting both Tony and Little Carmine.
Later, Phil convened a war council with consigliere Albie Cianflone, and captains Butch DeConcini and Gerry Torciano. DeConcini pushed hard for Tony, or someone high up in the Soprano family, to be whacked while Phil blanched at the thought of whacking a boss. However, Phil was hospitalized thereafter when he suffered a massive coronary. When Tony visited Phil in the hospital to make peace, Phil seemed receptive, but DeConcini was openly confrontational.
In late 2007, Phil returned to Brooklyn after undergoing heart surgery and several months of physical therapy. He found the family in disarray under the highly controversial leadership of Faustino "Doc" Santoro. While there was some expectation that Phil would return to his position of boss, the stress of his heart attack had caused him to lose all interest in the job. Phil prepared to support his protégé Gerry Torciano in his bid for boss, and was emphatic in stressing that being a boss, 'health-wise, is a young man's game.' But Phil's and Torciano's plans were ended when Santoro had Torciano murdered at a dinner with Soprano Family consigliere Silvio Dante. The fact that Silvio's life was imperiled prompted Tony to appeal to Little Carmine to take the reins as boss of the Lupertazzis. However, Little Carmine explained to Tony that during his war with Johnny, his wife had appealed to him to quit so that she would not lose him.
Although he had been boss only in name, the death of Johnny Sack from cancer further destabilized the Lupertazzi family as he left behind no clear successor. With his protégé and successor dead and Little Carmine unwilling to take over, Phil re-examined his motives and prepared to go to war with Santoro. After deciding to get back in the game, Phil bided his time, working under Santoro until the old man's arrogance got to be too much to handle. Having had enough, Phil ordered his soldiers once and for all to kill Santoro, so driven by Butch DeConcini, the hitmen murdered Santoro and an associate outside a massage parlor, leaving them dead on the sidewalk.
After Phil rejected Tony's offer of compromise on an asbestos-removal project, he then refused to meet with Tony after Tony brutally beat one of Phil's men, Salvatore "Coco" Cogliano, for insulting and threatening Tony's daughter, Meadow. Phil responded by ordering a hit on Tony and two of his top associates, Bobby Baccalieri and Silvio. He thought that with the Soprano Family leaders gone, their remaining members would fall under the control of the Lupertazzi family. The hits on Bobby and Silvio went nearly as planned with Bobby killed and Silvio incapacitated. Tony and Paulie Gualtieri had a sit-down with Butch, Albie, and Little Carmine, brokered by New York Boss George Paglieri, to negotiate a peace. Unhappy with Phil's leadership, they gave permission for Tony to have Phil killed, though Butch refused to tell Tony where to find Phil. But FBI Agent Harris, in return for information Tony gave him about potential terrorists, told Tony that Phil had been making phone calls from a particular pay phone in Oyster Bay. Tony sent two men to stake out the phone booth. Phil was shot in the head by DiMeo soldier Walden Belfiore while he was exiting his family SUV at the gas station where the phone booth was.
The new boss of the family is unknown, but most likely former underboss Butch DeConcini.
Boss (official and acting)Edit
- c. 1920s. 1970 – Unknown
- c. 1970–2004 – Carmine Lupertazzi – died of stroke.
- 2004 – Vacant – disputed leadership during family war between John "Johnny Sack" Sacrimoni and Little Carmine Lupertazzi
- 2004–2007 – John "Johnny Sack" Sacrimoni – imprisoned 2004, died of lung cancer 2007.
- 2007 – Philip "Phil" Leotardo – murdered in war between Soprano and Lupertazzi families.
- 2007–present – Butch DeConcini
Underboss (official and acting)Edit
- 1920s–1980 – Unknown
- 1980s–2004 – John "Johnny Sack" Sacrimoni (became boss)
- 2004–2007 – Philip "Phil" Leotardo (became boss)
- 2007 – Butch DeConcini
Consigliere (official and acting)Edit
- 1920s-c. 1970 – Unknown
- c. 1970–2004 – Angelo Garepe (murdered) – imprisoned 1984–2004.
- Acting 1984–2004 – Unknown
- 2004 – James Petrille (FBI Turncoat)
- 2004 – present Albert "Albie" Cianflone
- 1980s–2007 – Butch DeConcini
Chinatown, Manhattan Santoro crew
- 1970s–2007 – Faustino "Doc" Santoro
Leotardo/Torciano Mill Basin, Brooklyn crew
Lorraine Calluzzo East New York, Brooklyn
Petrille Little Italy, Manhattan crew
- 1970s–2004 – James Petrille (FBI Turncoat)
- Eddie Pietro, soldier
- 1990s-present – Dominic
Basile Freeport, Long Island crew
- 1980s-present – Jerry Basile
South Beach, Miami crew
- 1990s-present – Little Carmine Lupertazzi
Capo in the Lupertazzi crime family. His crew is based in Freeport, Long Island. During the infighting following boss Carmine Lupertazzi's death in 2004, Little Carmine courted Jerry's loyalty with the gift of a washing machine and a visit to the Lupertazzi home in West Hempstead, New York. Basile was somewhat put off when Johnny Sack arranged to have Little Carmine's motoryacht "A Funny Valentine"– which was moored in the back of the house – sunk during Basile's visit. Jerry is the only Lupertazzi capo to retain that rank through the power struggle between Johnny Sack and Little Carmine. He tells Little Carmine to call the U.S. Coast Guard when his boat is sunk.
"Petey B." is one of the soldiers/associates of the Lupertazzi crime family tasked with taking out Silvio Dante. He is driving the car with "Ray Ray" in it and successfully traps Dante and Patsy Parisi in the Bada Bing! parking lot. "Ray Ray" would have fired more at Silvio and perhaps gone after Patsy except that he ran out of bullets. He finds it comical that Tony Soprano promoted Bobby Baccalieri to underboss of the crime family. Albie Cianfilone criticizes Petey's judgment saying that he used to sell laser printers out of the trunk of his Crown Victoria before being a made man. Leaving the parking lot in a hurry, Petey accidentally causes a massive crash, wherein a motorcyclist falls from his bike and it hits other moving vehicles.
Petey B. is played by and named after Pete Bucossi, the stunt coordinator on the show ever since the pilot episode.
A famous associate of the Lupertazzi crime family, known as "the lady shylock." Lorraine says that her mother told her in her younger years that she would get a reputation of being promiscuous because she associated with dangerous men. She attended grade school with Little Carmine. She also extorts protection money from Manhattan, New York bars and is a ticket scalper, dealing in New York Islanders tickets. She tells Tony she maintains her figure by exercising pilates and drinking gin. Christopher Moltisanti calls her a legend and is obviously impressed with the reputation she earned in spite of the handicap of being a woman (Occupational sexism) in the mob. Lorraine tells Leotardo that her father was a friend of Little Carmine (and would be an uncle, once removed). Junior Soprano noted that at fifty years old (D'Arbanville is born 1950), her bloodthirstiness in days gone by. She also once had a sexual relationship with Tony. During the infighting following boss Carmine Lupertazzi's death in 2004, Lorraine kicked up to Little Carmine, who was also reportedly her lover as well as her second cousin. Johnny Sack finds the relationship between Lorraine and Little Carmine disgusting. This put her in the crosshairs of Johnny Sack's outfit, who wanted to set an example for the rest of the New York Crews. Phil Leotardo roughed her up and even shot at her (using a telephone directory to stop the bullet) during a shakedown, warning her to stop cutting in Little Carmine. Lorraine sought a sit down with Tony Soprano through Angelo Garepe to ask him to intercede in the Lupertazzi infighting. During a sit down Christopher suggests that John ask for a share of Little Carmine's night club businesses in South Beach, Miami and let him keep Lorraine under his crew, something John turns down saying if he wanted Little Carmine's businesses he'd move to Miami. Tony suggests to keep the peace that John Sacrimoni, Angelo Garepe and Phil Leotardo operate the family under a triumvirate to help keep the peace with Lorraine, because Carmine Sr. did not name a successor. Rusty Millio offers the contract to kill Lorraine originally to Tony Blundetto who turns it down. But Phil returns with his brother Billy and associate Joseph "Joey Peeps" Peparelli, killing Lorraine and her lover in her home anyway. Christopher Moltisanti says that the murder of Lorraine is "an official declaration of war by Johnny (John Sacramoni)."
Albert "Albie" CianfloneEdit
Charles 'Chucky' CinelliEdit
- Played by: Michael DeNigris
- Appears in: "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh," "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request"
Charles is the owner of Cinelli Sanitation – the Lupertazzi crime family's waste management front in Jamaica, Queens where John Sacramoni works. Charles is an avid golfer along with his wife and is seen using Titleist golfing equipment. In 2006, as an amateur golfer he is seen competing in the 2006 16th Annual Garden State Couples' Invitational Golf Classic (New Jersey State Open) held in Lawrence Township, Mercer County, New Jersey at Cobblestone Creek Country Club. He was involved in a dispute with Jason Barone over Newark, New Jersey-based Barone Sanitation following the death of Dick Barone in 2006 which ended with his buying the company and merging. While going over the payroll he finds discrepancies with consultant Tony Soprano, Paulie Gualtieri and Johnny Sack, but is told to mind his own business by a savvy employee who is in the know. Cinelli agrees (as dictated to by John Sacrimoni) to keep Tony Soprano employed until 2009 (this is later extended to 2015) as a waste management consultant and to keep his health insurance package and Form W-2, plus 5% (later increased to 12%) of Barone Sanitation sale price, in exchange to give up his share of skimming profits ($2,000 a month), and that Cinelli leases him a new car. A Barone Sanitation employee is badly beaten by mob-associated Cinelli Sanitation workers over the dispute. John Sacrimoni is on the payroll as a waste management consultant at Cinelli Sanitation, even after his incarceration. Jason tries to convince Charles to compensate Tony Soprano and Paulie Gualtieri in the sale of Barone Sanitation, something that Cinelli is adamant against, telling Jason it could come out of his end. Jason tells Chuckie that he wants to redefine the deal and open up the sale to other potential buyers. He attended Allegra Sacrimoni's wedding. He is also told to lease Tony a new car, a Cadillac Escalade as part of the sales arrangement.
Salvatore "Coco" CoglianoEdit
"Coco" is, likely, a made man and soldier in the Lupertazzi crime family. He owns/manages a small restaurant named Joey's, where he also works as a waiter. "Coco" is often seen accompanying Butch DeConcini. He and Butchie beat up a construction foreman and steals $340 from his wallet when he informs them their no-show construction jobs on the Esplanade project were pulled by Tony Soprano after his dispute with Phil Leotardo. While inebriated from drinking Sambuca with Albie Cianflone, he makes aggressively lewd remarks to Meadow Soprano while she is on a date with Patrick Parisi (son of Patsy Parisi) in Little Italy, Manhattan discussing them getting tickets to go see a showing of the 1975 film Grey Gardens. Patrick Parisi becomes angry at Salvatore and they have a standoff. Shortly after the dinner date, Meadow tells Tony of the incident but he brushes it off as public intoxication, Tony Soprano severely pistol-whips and curb-stomps him in his restaurant, knocking his teeth out and reportedly almost killing him while in the presence of Butch DeConcini. Tony says that he could have killed Coco and would have had total support from the family for his actions. The Italian-speaking waiters and kitchen staff at Coco's restaurant volunteer themselves to clean up the body after Tony kills him. The murder of Coco leads Phil Leotardo to shut down a Hackensack, New Jersey shopping mall construction site with a United Association plumber's strike, of which Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. has the scaffolding contract for. Carmine Jr. says that in attacking Coco he was being prudent. Carmine Jr. brokers a meeting with Butch DeConcini and Phil and offers Phil a palette of Mikita drills as a peace offering over the attack on Coco. Phil mentions the attack on Salvatore, the forced disappearance and murder of Dominick Gamiello in "Cold Stones" and the murder of his brother Billy Leotardo in "Long Term Parking" as a reason to murder the entire upper management of the DiMeo crime family. Butchie says that "Coco" is an okay guy which suggests that he has good standing in the Lupertazzi crime family, but Tony suggests that, possibly, he is a borderline alcoholic. His name could have been taken from former Lucchese crime family underboss and acting boss, Ettore ("Eddie") Coco, who served under Carmine Tramunti.
Raymond "Ray-Ray" D'AbaldoEdit
Raymond "Ray-Ray" D'Abaldo is a soldier in the Lupertazzi crime family, who used to sell stolen items out of the back of his Ford Crown Victoria in his early criminal career. He attends a meeting at Flatbush bikini waxing and is one of the assassins contracted out for hits on the Soprano family. He expresses surprise and disdain that Bobby Baccalieri is No. 3 in the Soprano family, finding it comical. He is involved in the assassination attempt on Silvio Dante but runs out of bullets before he can gun down Patsy Parisi and is seen by the patrons of the Bada Bing that come out and see the shooting. Ray-Ray is last seen in "Made in America," walking outside with Butch as he talks on the phone with Phil.
- Played by: Dominic Chianese Jr.
- Appears in: "Soprano Home Movies," "The Second Coming," "The Blue Comet"
Dominic is a member of the Lupertazzi crime family. He attends Phil Leotardo's welcome home party after Phil's recovery from his heart attack and later attends a hostile sit down between Tony and Phil. In the episode "The Blue Comet," Dominic also participated in the meeting at the Flatbush, Brooklyn bikini waxing store when Phil's underboss Butch DeConcini and consigliere Albie Cianflone informed everyone who exactly was to be killed when Leotardo decided to "decapitate" the Soprano crime family and do business with what was left.
Partner of Lorraine Calluzzo, a loan shark in New York associated with the Lupertazzi family. During the infighting following boss Carmine Lupertazzi's death, Lorraine kicked up to Little Carmine. Jason is Lorraine's loan collector and, although muscular, he does not demonstrate shows of strength, either when Lorraine is intimidated by Phil Leotardo and warned to start paying Johnny Sack or when Lorraine insults him. He lives with Lorraine in her townhouse. When intimidating Lorraine for the first time, Phil implies that Jason is a homosexual and remarks that he probably taught her how to give oral sex. When Lorraine does not comply with Phil's orders, Phil returns with Billy Leotardo and Joe Peeps. Jason is killed off-screen, as Lorraine tries to escape, she is killed by Billy not far from where she discovers Jason's dead body. It is unknown whether Joey Peeps or Billy Leotardo killed Jason.
Dominic "Fat Dom" GamielloEdit
An overweight made man of the Lupertazzi crime family under Phil Leotardo, Gamiello joined Leotardo in reacting with scorn when hearing of Johnny Sack's decision to take a plea bargain and break omertà. Gamiello joined with Gerry Torciano in murdering Vito in a hotel in Fort Lee, New Jersey because of Vito's homosexuality, while Leotardo watched. He commented to Phil Leotardo that Vito was "a disgrace" to organized crime. He runs a high-stakes card game in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Later, Dom visited Satriale's to deliver money to Silvio Dante and Carlo Gervasi. Dominic is a close friend of Silvio's and asked him for gambling advice. He bets on Syracuse University regularly and never wins. Dominick compares the death of Vito to the murder of the actor Ramon Novarro. Although Fat Dom starts passive-aggressively insulting Vito and crudely implies that Gervasi is homosexual, Silvio silenced him with a blow to the back of the head with a dustbuster. Silvio told Carlo to just "hit him" but Carlo repeatedly and fatally stabbed Dominic in the stomach with a butcher knife. Dominic's murder infuriated Tony Soprano and Silvio and Carlo closed Satriale's under the cover story that a water pipe had burst, while they cleaned up and disposed of the body. Carlo and Silvio first planned to dismember his body but finally decided to bury it at a construction site and ditch the car somewhere along the U.S. Route 1 in New Jersey. They decapitate Dom's head off screen when dismembering his corpse. Carlo was seen disposing of Dom's severed head (which he was keeping in a deep freezer at his house on the Jersey Shore) at the beginning of the next episode, by shoving it down a storm drain along Connecticut Route 3. Dom's murder was assumed as payback for Vito Spatafore's killing by the Lupertazzi mobsters, even though Tony denied any knowledge of his disappearance to them at the families' truce meeting. Dom is divorced and has one daughter. His only daughter lived in a motel in Metuchen, New Jersey and he had planned to visit on the day of his murder. After his daughter reported him as a missing person to law enforcement and asked Phil Leotardo make his own inquiries into her father's disappearance to no avail. In discussing the disappearance of Fat Dom with Phil Leotardo, Tony compares Dominic to the LZ 129 Hindenburg disaster. Dominic has the Beethoven composition "Für Elise" as a ringtone on his phone. The murder of Dominic and Coco leads Phil Leotardo to shut down a Hackensack, New Jersey shopping mall construction site with a United Association plumber's strike, of which Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. has the scaffolding contract for. Carmine Jr. brokers a meeting with Butch DeConcini and Phil and offers Phil a palette of Mikita drills as a peace offering over the attack on Coco. Phil mentions the forced disappearance of Dominick and the murder of his brother Billy Leotardo as a reason to murder the entire upper management of the DiMeo crime family.
- Played by: Joe Santos
- Appears in: "Two Tonys," "Rat Pack," "Where's Johnny?," "All Happy Families...," "Marco Polo," "Unidentified Black Males," "The Test Dream"
Consigliere to Carmine Lupertazzi for 30 years (1956 to 1986) before his incarceration at United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth where he served eighteen years. Before his incarceration he was an avid golfer but following his release he tells Tony that he is just happy to be able to enjoy the outdoors. He has had a quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery like capo Rusty Millio and Phil Leotardo. He is said to be a cigar smoker, as Tony B mentions he is undecided whether to buy Angelo a box of Cohibas or just give him money. Angelo was imprisoned on charges relating to labor racketeering at a construction project in Yonkers, New York in 1986, in a RICO case that also imprisoned Tony Blundetto on a transport truck hijacking. During his prison time, he became close friends with Tony Blundetto. He was released alongside Blundetto as part of the "Class of 2004." He has a son named Charles who is into architectural salvage (Deconstruction) that Tony Blundetto compares to Sanford & Son and an unnamed daughter who he lives with after his release from prison. He is a fan of Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners. Angelo's birthday is March 28, and Tony Blundetto and Rusty Millio have a small celebration over dinner for it. Tony Soprano deciding at the last minute not to attend.
Infighting occurred amongst the members of the Lupertazzi crime family following Carmine's death. Angelo chose Little Carmine's side along with capo Rusty Millio. Even though Angelo claimed to be "retired," he remained an important figure, and was suggested by Tony Soprano as part of a power sharing triumvirate to end the infighting. (Tony's proposal was that Johnny Sack, Little Carmine, and Angelo would all be equally in charge, but no major decisions could be made without a majority vote.) Angelo reluctantly went along with the idea. Tony told Johnny Sack that the power sharing idea was Angelo's—this was intentional on Tony's part in order to allow him to maintain some distance from the conflict and appear merely as a neutral go-between, rather than a mediator (Tony had mentioned to Christopher Moltisanti that the instability between John and Little Carmine was serious.) Johnny Sack angrily dismissed this power sharing idea. Despite knowing Phil Leotardo for a long time before Angelo and Phil were incarcerated, Phil is offended when he hears that Angelo states that he is "retired" and stepping down in official capacity as consigliere from the family.
During the infighting, Angelo recruited his old friend, Tony Blundetto, to murder Joseph "Joey Peeps" Peparelli—an associate of Johnny Sack and member of Phil Leotardo's crew. He later delivers a portion of the payment for murdering Peparelli saying that Rusty Millio even bangs his wife in installments. Following this, Phil and his brother, Billy Leotardo, killed Angelo.
Angelo's murder had two major repercussions—it caused Little Carmine to withdraw from the fight, as he couldn't stomach any more bloodshed, making Johnny Sack the undisputed successor to Carmine, Sr. It also provoked Tony Blundetto to pursue the Leotardos, shooting and killing Billy Leotardo while wounding Phil. This nearly started a war between the New York and New Jersey crews, and anger from this conflict remained until The Sopranos' conclusion.
- Played by: Lou Martini, Jr.
- Appears in: "Members Only," "Mayham," "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh," "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request," "Moe N' Joe," "Stage 5"
Ginny Sacrimoni's brother and Johnny Sack's brother-in-law. Infante is an optometrist who operates "Clear Eyes Rx", but also serves as a reluctant back-channel through which Tony Soprano and Johnny Sack communicates while Johnny is in federal detention. Although the business and etiquette of the mob was alien to him, with coded discussion proving a particular difficulty, Infante made an effort to assist Johnny in salvaging what was left of his command. During Johnny Sack's RICO trial that ultimately led to Sacrimoni's incarceration, he had Anthony fit him for contact lenses because John thought that people observing him in the courtroom reading documents made himself look weak. When talking in code to John he refers to Tony as "friend from Jersey with the stomach." He agrees with John on selling the Maserati Coupe and tells John that Chris Moltisanti told him he is interested in buying it for cash.
When Johnny agreed to asset seizures to lessen his sentence, he had Anthony reach out to Tony to arrange the sale of a share of Bayou Leasing Corp., a heavy equipment leasing business in Buras-Triumph, Louisiana that he was a silent partner in for $50,000 that was assisting in the disaster recovery with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina. The owners were in New Orleans, Louisiana and, after a difficult first meeting, Tony was not optimistic. Anthony tells Tony to sell the business and not involve Phil Leotardo and that Tony would be paid a finder's fee. Anthony realized the importance of the deal to his sister and family and arranged a more favorable share for Tony to ensure that it would go through.
Anthony was often teased by Tony and his crew in his role as a go-between; they stole sunglasses from his shop and played with him when he brought a gift for Tony and not Sil to a meeting. He also had some difficulty communicating in code with Johnny. When John told him that a fellow inmate "Dr. Feldman" a leading oncologist who was in prison for murdering his wife reviewed his medical file and said he could live for a few more years, Anthony was skeptical (and ultimately correct).
He is last seen in "Stage 5 (The Sopranos)" telling Johnny about Johnny's diminished street credibility, and assuring him that Johnny will be remembered for being a good father and a good husband, which seems to be enough for John in the end.
- Played by: Greg D'Agostino
- Appears in: "Army of One," "Christopher," "In Camelot," "Members Only," "Kaisha" and "Chasing It"
Associate of the Little Italy, Manhattan Leotardo crew. Takes part in the beat down on Hesh's son-in-law Eli in Mill Basin, Brooklyn with Gerry Torciano. Phil thought that Eli was an independent loanshark who was lending out money without making payments to Gerry. Later attends the meeting with Tony, Hesh, Phil Leotardo and Gerry Torciano to make restitution for Hesh's son-in-law's injuries from a hit and run that happened when Eli tried to run from Jimmy and Gerry. They agree to pay $50,000 for pain and suffering. Later seen guarding Phil's hospital bed after Phil's massive heart attack. He also attends the party celebrating Phil's return to being boss of the Lupertazzi family.
William "Billy" LeotardoEdit
- Played by: Chris Caldovino
- Appears in: "Where's Johnny?," "All Happy Families...," "In Camelot," "Unidentified Black Males," "Cold Cuts," "The Test Dream," "Long Term Parking", "All Due Respect"
William "Billy" Leotardo born 1957 was a soldier in Phil Leotardo's Little Italy, Manhattan crew and Phil's younger brother (47 years old) and dim-witted partner in crime who is on friendly terms with Tony Blundetto. Phil Leotardo revealed in season six that when their grandfather immigrated from Sicily, officials changed their last name at Ellis Island from Leonardo to Leotardo. His father was named Francis, who he also has his grandson named after. Billy is a bachelor and has no wife but has many cousins, nieces, and nephews including one that performs modern dance. Junior Soprano comments to Tony that he was not a made man in the Lupertazzi crime family and mistakes Billy's relation to Phil as his son and not his brother, showing signs of dementia. Phil tells his family members that the family name was "Leonardo" before their grandfather emigrated here from Italy and that Phil and Billy are descendants of Leonardo da Vinci, which means their heritage is from Vinci, Tuscany (Where Da Vinci is from). He enjoys drinking expresso. Billy killed Lorraine Calluzzo and Jason Evanina with his friend Joe Peeps. He sells computer printer toner cartridges out of the back of a truck that he has ordered for the Esplanade construction site offices in Alpine, New Jersey. Phil would later say that Billy was a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and that he enjoyed spending time at his Little Italy, Manhattan social club and Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Following Carmine Lupertazzi's death, a power struggle between Johnny Sack and Little Carmine ensued. One side was led by Carmine's underboss, Johnny Sack, while the other was ostensibly led by Carmine's son and Miami capo, "Little Carmine" Lupertazzi, although it is likely that consigliere Angelo Garepe and capo Rusty Millio were the real power behind this faction. Joe was killed soon after and Billy took part in the response – a hit on Angelo Garepe in "The Test Dream". Finally, Billy himself was killed on June 6, 2004 in "All Due Respect," by Tony Blundetto in revenge for the death of his friend Angelo, causing lasting distress to his brother Phil, who was wounded in the attack, and held his brother in his arms as he died on the street. Phil tells Vito that while he was incarcerated it was Billy that financially supported Patricia and his grandchildren. He is cremated and his urn is kept on a shelf behind the bar of Phil Leotardo's Little Italy social club.
Carmine "Little Carmine" Lupertazzi, Jr.Edit
Carmine Lupertazzi, Sr.Edit
Associate/soldier in Phil Leotardo's Little Italy, Manhattan crew. Jason accompanies Phil on his hunt for Tony Blundetto after Phil's neck injury. He participates in Phil's beating of Benny Fazio with a cane in Long Branch, New Jersey outside The Crazy Horse Too in the club's parking lot. The beating leaves Benny Fazio in a coma and Phil's subsequent intimidation of Joanne Moltisanti and pretends to be a friend of Moltisanti from Alcoholics Anonymous. He shows restraint when Phil threatens to hurt Joanne in saying that Phil should lay off, saying it's going too far to threaten family members. In the episode "Johnny Cakes," Sil tells Tony that Jason thought he saw Vito Spatafore at a Jenny Craig, Inc. in Tampa, Florida when Jason was visiting his mother but was mistaken while both families are searching for Vito.
- Played by: Frankie Valli
- Appears in: "All Happy Families...," "Marco Polo," "Unidentified Black Males," "Long Term Parking," "Members Only," "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request," "Luxury Lounge"
Rusty is a 76-year-old capo in 2004 when he first appears in the series, making his character born in 1928. (Frankie Valli is born 1934) in the Lupertazzi crime family, married to Gianna Millio. He is a capo that controls territory for the family in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Flatbush, Brooklyn and Park Slope, Brooklyn and territory in Queens, New York. The name Rusty is a pet name of Ruston or is a nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion. Despite his age, he is not considered a Mustache Pete like fellow mobsters Doc Santoro or DiMeo crime family capo Feech LaManna. He is a close, personal friend of Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. He tells Angelo and Carmine Jr. that he had a quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery in 2003. Rusty is a close associate of Little Carmine and considered to be one of the instigators in Little Carmine's power play following boss Carmine Lupertazzi Sr.'s death. After Lupertazzi's death, Rusty turns down the position as head of the Lupertazzi crime family, letting John Sacramoni take over, but later regrets his decision. He helps Angelo Garepe orchestrate the hit on Joe Peeps (with Tony Blundetto as the hitman) after telling Little Carmine "We'll steamroll right over John, and I predict the guys in the streets in Brooklyn and Queens will welcome us as fuckin' heroes! It'll be easy..." He offers Tony Blundetto the contract on Joey Peeps which Tony hesitantly turns down having not made up his mind on his future. When Tony and Phil discuss the recent killing of Rusty at Phil's grandson's communion, Phil is surprised by Tony's secrecy in his role behind the killing and says that they should just assume that it was the Headless Horseman. Since the truce and Johnny Sack's arrest, Rusty refuses to be in the same room as, or take orders from, acting boss Phil Leotardo. Johnny Sack orders a hit on Rusty (whom he referred to as "The Mayor of Munchkinland," due to his short stature standing at 5'5") through Tony, because he feels Rusty is likely to wrest power away from him while he is in prison. In the episode "Luxury Lounge," Rusty and his bodyguard/driver, Edward "Eddie" Pietro are assassinated in Rusty's driveway by Italian hitmen contracted by Tony. In the episode, Rusty's address is said to be 134 Deweunter Terrace in Brooklyn.
Rusty is portrayed by singer Frankie Valli, who is also referred to in his own right in the series. In the season 1 episode "46 Long," Tony brings his mother, Livia, some flowers which were brought from the "same florist that Frankie Valli uses when he comes to Jersey." Christopher Moltisanti also classes Valli as one of the great Italian-American singers. There is also a scam of selling stolen Frankie Valli concert tickets with Tony Soprano. In the episode "Christopher" a Native American Chief invites Tony and some friends to his casino so that he may ask Tony to get Frankie to come to his casino for a week, a job that Tony delegates to Silvio, who mentions that he hasn't talked to Frankie for years.
A soldier or associate in Rusty Millio's crew. Acted as a driver for Rusty in "All Happy Families..." A 'mook', as the term is used in the 1973 film Mean Streets towards the actor Lenny Scaletta's character "Jimmy", is a derogatory title given to someone who is a degenerate gambler and overall "scumbag."[dubious ] The character is given no other name.
"Muzzy" Nardo (first name unknown) is a pimp working for Phil Leotardo's crew. He operated a brothel that Joey Peeps collected from. It is his brothel that Joey Peeps is murdered outside along with one of his prostitutes as they are leaving to go to 42nd Street in Manhattan by Tony Blundetto. His brothel is improving in business and was increasing its profits since the previous month suggesting that the brothel had not been open that long. He pays a share of his earnings from the brothel to Joe. He is seen complaining to one of his prostitutes that they were spending too much time socializing with their customers and not having sex. He lets his prostitute leave with Joe Peeps for an evening out on the town after he shows an interest in her. He has a similar last name to Cleveland mobster Giovanni Narchionne, who went by the last name "Nardi." It is never clarified if Muzzy witnessed the shooting and was the witness that was able to describe the "hobbling gunman" later implicated to be Blundetto.
An associate/soldier in Phil Leotardo’s crew. He accompanied Phil Leotardo and Jason Masucci on the hunt for Tony Blundetto. He was with Phil when he beat down Benny Fazio and rode up to Pat Blundetto’s farm to discover Tony B.’s corpse. It is unknown what David's status is in the New York Family. He did not appear again in the series.
Joseph "Joey Peeps" PeparelliEdit
- Played by: Joe Maruzzo
- Appears in: "The Weight," "Calling All Cars," "Rat Pack," "Where's Johnny?," "All Happy Families...," "Irregular Around the Margins," "Marco Polo"
Joseph "Joey Peeps" Peparelli, born in New York City in 1964, is an associate in Phil Leotardo's crew and an aide-de-camp to Johnny Sack, often going to high-level sit-downs with him. He was an avid golfer and often played with Johnny. Johnny tells Tony that every Christmas Joey would send a coffee cake to Johnny's wife Ginny that his grandmother Elaine baked. He was a fan of Rod Stewart when he was with Faces as they are playing in his car when he is killed. Joey is drinking alongside Johnny Sack at Benito One, a bar on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan, when Johnny thinks Donny K, a member of Ralph Cifaretto's crew, is laughing at him – this is during Johnny's beef with Ralph over an insult to Ginny. Joey tells Johnny that he is dating a stage performer and former chorus singer and dancer that performed in summer stock theatre and Cats, once coming home and seeing her in her stage costume. Joey is unable to restrain Johnny from following Donny outside, beating and urinating on him, but Joey quickly spirits Johnny away from the scene once he is finished. After this, Joey contacts the Asian hitman "Jerry from Fort Lauderdale, Florida" that Johnny ordered to kill Ralph in Delray Beach, Florida, and subsequently tells the hitman to call off the murder when Johnny decides against it, agreeing to pay him extra for his trouble. Joey is not married and lives with his mother who is confined to a wheelchair, and Johnny takes care of her financially following Joey's murder. Paulie Gualtieri makes a comment suggesting that Joey was not intelligent. During the infighting amongst the Lupertazzi crime family, Joey and Billy Leotardo kill lady shylock Lorraine Calluzzo, and her partner Jason Evanina, for kicking payments up to Little Carmine instead of to Johnny Sack. In retaliation, Soprano family member Tony Blundetto is hired for a hit on Joey, who is shot to death along with a prostitute in the front seat of his Lincoln Town Car when leaving a Manhattan brothel that he collects protection money from. Angelo later delivers a portion of the promised payment to Tony Blundetto for murdering Peparelli saying that Rusty Millio even bangs his wife in installments. When ordering his death, Angelo Garepe refers to him as "a friend of a friend, not a friend of ours," assuring Blundetto that Joey is not a made man. At Joey's funeral, Tony Soprano is aghast that his crew had a formal headstone carved with the name "Peeps," instead of his proper surname "Peparelli."
James "Jimmy" PetrilleEdit
- Played by: Vinny Vella
- Appears in: "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," "Rat Pack," "Long Term Parking," "All Due Respect"
A friend of Johnny Sack's from Brooklyn who became his consigliere once Johnny took over as boss of the family. He is a close friend of Phil and Billy Leotardo. Petrile goes to the morgue with Phil after the body of Billy Leotardo is released and offers to identify the body, to save Phil the hardship. The scene with Jimmy and Phil mimics the scene in The Godfather when Vito Corleone and Tom Hagen go to the morgue to see the body of Sonny Corleone and have the mortician Amerigo Bonasera reconstruct the bullet-riddled Sonny. But Phil turns the offer down and does the body identification himself. When Billy Leotardo is shot dead by Tony Blundetto, Jimmy is the one that calls Tony Soprano and tells him. Later, he sits in on one of the discussions with Tony and Phil over the Tony Blundetto situation and tells Phil that he gets emotional when he drinks wine. He is also the one that notifies Tony Soprano by telephone from a deli in Little Italy, Manhattan in code that John Sacrimoni took over the reign of the family from Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. in a bloodless coup. However, it is revealed in "All Due Respect" that Petrille had been a cooperating witness with the FBI and gave up information on transport truck hijacking and drug dealing going back to Sacrimoni's criminal activities in 1981, which was instrumental in Johnny's arrest by the Brooklyn District Attorney and the FBI. Tony, who is much younger than the senior Petrille (Vella is born January 11, 1947) remembers that Petrille is a "sweet, old guy..." and is shocked that he is a cooperating witness against John Sacrimoni.
- Played by: Nick Annunziata
- Appears in: "Unidentified Black Males," "Long Term Parking," "Members Only," "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request," "Luxury Lounge"
Edward "Eddie" Pietro was a soldier in Rusty Millio's crew and his right-hand man. He often accompanied Rusty and acted as his driver on such occasions as Raymond Curto's funeral and Allegra Sacrimoni's wedding. When seeing the supposed "Italian tourists", Italo and Salvatore he is angered at being stopped and asked for directions, mocking their limited knowledge of the English language. Eddie was shot in the head multiple times alongside Rusty while backing out of Rusty's driveway while late for a meeting with Phil Leotardo and to pick up groceries. He chauffeurs Rusty around in a Mercedes Benz S430.
John "Johnny Sack" SacrimoniEdit
Faustino "Doc" SantoroEdit
Aging Mustache Pete New York City mobster (Conte is born 1940, the news report of his murder mentions he is 74 years old, making him born 1933) with a full head of white combed back hair who is friendly with Phil Leotardo and his wife Patricia. He is a veteran made man of the Lupertazzi crime family. Tony Soprano calls Faustino "senile" due to his age. He had the enmity of the rest of the family for his actions while Phil Leotardo was recovering from his stroke and coronary artery bypass surgery that followed. He is involved in some capacity in the construction management business in New York City. Santoro, Butch DeConcini, Phil Leotardo, Carmine Lupertazzi, and Gerry Torciano all attend the premiere of Chris Moltisanti's movie Cleaver in Hollywood, California. At the release party Tony comments how Santoro and his crew look like examples of (early man) Archaic humans. Just before the death of Johnny Sack, the official boss of the family, Santoro ordered a hit on Gerry Torciano. Torciano was the perceived successor to Phil Leotardo. Doc had him brazenly murdered while he ate dinner with Silvio Dante. While at the Cleaver release party he introduces Danny Baldwin to Tony Soprano to see if he could have a ticket that Baldwin received for driving with a broken windshield wiper on the New Jersey Turnpike taken care of. In a televised news program with Geraldo Rivera and Jerry Capeci, Capeci says that Santoro is the frontrunner for a boss candidate, over Phil Leotardo and Gerry Torciano. When Santoro is murdered, upon hearing of the gangland slaying, Elliot Kupferberg comments, "I called it," having predicted that Santoro's reign as the boss would not last. During a sit-down over a union dispute with contracting firm DiLeo Construction in an Italian restaurant, Doc humiliates Phil by taking food from his plate, even as Phil acknowledges Doc as the new head of the family. Phil avenges his long-felt humiliations and has Doc murdered, along with his bodyguard, outside a massage parlour and brothel in Chinatown, Manhattan, cementing his own claim to be the boss. One of the gunmen shoots out Santoro's right eye. Butch DeConcini is one of the getaway drivers. Tony Soprano and the crew learn of Santoro's murder from watching a televised news report at the Bada Bing. He is consequently the shortest serving boss of any family in the series. His assassination reminiscent to the murder of Paul Castellano in 1985.
Anthony is an associate/soldier of the Lupertazzi crime family. He accompanies Joe Peeps when he beats up the Soprano family's scam artist Polish-American home appraiser, V.I. "Vic The Appraiser" Trifunovitch in Weequahic, Newark, over their dispute about receiving 40% of future profits from the mortgage fraud United States Department of Housing and Urban Development scam. This is later reduced to 15% after a sit down with Tony on all future mortgage fraud properties that are purchased. Anthony demands Victor to meet John and Carmine Sr. at The Red Chimney Restaurant on New Jersey Route 3 in Clifton, New Jersey.
Gerardo "Gerry" TorcianoEdit
- Played by: John Bianco
- Appears in: "Members Only," "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request," "Luxury Lounge," "The Ride," "Moe N' Joe," "Cold Stones," "Kaisha," "Soprano Home Movies," "Stage 5"
Gerardo "Gerry" Torciano, was a protégé of Phil Leotardo, also known as "the Hairdo," due to his coiffed hair. Torciano appeared to handle the street business of Phil Leotardo's old crew, as acting capo, during Phil's accession to acting boss. Torciano and Jimmy Lauria got into an altercation with Hesh Rabkin and his son-in-law Eli over extortion money collections being done on the crew's territory in Mill Basin, Brooklyn. Torciano's men burned them out of his car, beat up Eli, and slugged Rabkin. As Eli fled he was hit by a taxi cab in a hit and run and hospitalized. Later, Torciano apologized to Tony, claiming that he thought Eli was a civilian and paid Eli $50,000 in restitution for his injuries. Torciano attended Allegra Sacrimoni's wedding and listened to Phil's discussion of Johnny Sack's apparent weakness when he was dragged away in tears. Gerry Torciano, Faustino Santoro, Butch DeConcini, Phil Leotardo and Carmine Lupertazzi Jr. all attend the premiere of Chris Moltisanti's movie Cleaver in Los Angeles, California. At the release party Tony comments how Santoro and his crew look like examples of (early man) Archaic humans. He sometimes used ill-placed metaphors when discussing mob business that frustrated and confused mob associates, who jokingly referred to him as Walt Whitman. He is not married but has a girlfriend that he takes out for dinner regularly. He likes drinking Sangiovese wine.
He was made official captain in 2006. A celebratory dinner was held for him at Nuovo Vesuvio attended by members of the Soprano and Lupertazzi crime families. Torciano accompanied Leotardo on his visit to New Jersey for the Feast of St. Elzear and later accompanied Leotardo to a meeting about the new Tidelands construction project in Island Heights, New Jersey, Margate, New Jersey, Freehold, New Jersey, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Avalon, New Jersey, Marlton, New Jersey, Little Silver, New Jersey, Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Trenton, New Jersey. Dominick "Fat Dom" Gamiello and Torciano murdered Vito Spatafore in his motel room while Leotardo watched. When Santoro took over from Sacrimoni, Gerry told Silvio Dante that he was surprised that Phil Leotardo seemed to have lost his drive to become boss of the Lupertazzi family. On April 15, 2007, Gerry died at the hands of a hitman (on orders from Faustino "Doc" Santoro) in a Brooklyn, New York restaurant while dining with Soprano family consigliere Silvio Dante who was used as a diversion and their respective dates. John Sacrimoni hears about Gerry's death from an orderly in the prison hospital.
Torciano had blonde hair but later in 2006 dyed the color to black.