Toni Kalem

Toni Z. Kalem (born August 29, 1950) is an American actress, screenwriter and director.[2][3] Kalem is best known for her portrayal of Angie Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.[4]

Toni Kalem
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Toni Kalem as Angie Perrini with Leon Russom as Willis Frame in Another World, in 1976.
Toni Z. Kalem[1]

(1950-08-29) August 29, 1950 (age 70)[1]
OccupationActress, screenwriter, director
Years active1973-present

Kalem grew up in Springfield Township, Union County, New Jersey.[5] She appeared in such films as Double Jeopardy, Private Benjamin, Sister Act, The Wanderers, Eyes of the Beholder, Silent Rage and The Boy Who Drank Too Much. Her television credits include guest appearances on Starsky and Hutch, MacGyver, Another World and Police Woman. During the sixth season of The Sopranos, Kalem was elevated from guest star to series regular for her character Angie Bonpensiero, the widow of Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero who runs a body shop in partnership with Tony Soprano.

In 1999, Kalem wrote and directed the film A Slipping Down Life.[6] In 2004, she wrote the fifty-sixth episode for The Sopranos, called "All Happy Families..."


Year Film Role Other notes
1979 The Wanderers Despie Galasso
1980 Private Benjamin Pvt. Gianelli
1981 Paternity Diane Cassabello
1982 Love Girl Segment: For Life
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Debby
Silent Rage Alison Halman
1983 Two of a Kind Terri
1984 Reckless Donna
1986 Billy Galvin Nora
1992 Sister Act Connie LaRocca
Eyes of the Beholder Dr. Gruber
1996 American Strays Alice
2001 15 Minutes Woman at Planet Hollywood
Year Title Role Notes
1974 Dominic's Dream Marie Bente TV-Movie
1977 Kojak Nora 1 episode
Baretta Bobbie 1 episode
Starsky and Hutch Molly Bristol 1 episode
Police Woman Melinda Ventselos 1 episode
1977–1979 Another World Angela 'Angie' Perrini Frame #1 unknown episodes
1978 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Juana 1 episode
1980 The Boy Who Drank Too Much Tina TV-Movie
1981 ABC Afterschool Special Samantha Anderson 1 episode
Splendor in the Grass Angelina TV-Movie
1981–1984 Trapper John, M.D. Bobbi Dugan
Terry Manzari
Louise Windom
3 episodes
1983 The American Snitch Holly TV-Movie
Running Out Shelley TV-Movie
1985 Badge of the Assassin Diana Piagentini TV-Movie
1986 Comedy Factory Ellen Nance 1 episode
1987 MacGyver Elaine Harryman 1 episode
The Equalizer Sarah 1 episode
1990 The Marshall Chronicles English Teacher 2 episodes
1991 Veronica Clare 1 episode
1992 Picket Fences Nicole Ledeux 1 episode
1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again Edna TV-Movie
1996 Double Jeopardy Sue Schilling TV-Movie
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Mona 1 episode
2000–2006 The Sopranos Angie Bonpensiero 12 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Sundance Film Festival


  1. ^ a b "Toni Z Kalem". Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  2. ^ Turan, Kenneth (April 4, 2002). Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520218673 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Belli, Mary Lou (July 11, 2019). Acting for the Screen. Routledge. ISBN 9780429858581 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Stein, Ruthe (May 28, 2004). "Director rejoices as 'Slipping' finds the big screen after 5-year delay". SFGate.
  5. ^ Kleiner, Dick. "Actress Toni Kalem Shaking Ethnic Image", The Sumter Daily Item, January 15, 1982. Accessed October 9, 2015. "And she isn't the New York street girl she played so often. She's actually from Springfield, N.J., the very middle-class daughter of a very middle-class insurance agent."
  6. ^ "She couldn't let go". Los Angeles Times. May 23, 2004.

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