ABOUT WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry when you spend the evening reminiscing with these “Pyzons”, as they tell stories about the years they spent on the set of the long-running HBO series “The Sopranos”. Get an inside look at everything you’ve ever wanted to know about working on what is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.
Jeff Pirrami is a stand-up comic and actor. He has been part of The Burlesque Show now entering its fourth season at the fabulous Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. He’s a 1st place prize winner of “The Comedy Show” at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. Jeff headlines in clubs and casinos across the country including Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Pound per pound, Jeff is one of the funniest guys working today. He loves enjoying a good cigar and telling jokes.
Federico began his career as an actor in 1986. Some of his film credits include Made with Jon Favreau, Fire with Robert Klein, and Diary of a Hitman with Danny Aiello. In television, Federico’s credits include NYPD Blue. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints received two awards – one for best dramatic directing and best dramatic ensemble headed by Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, and Rosario Dawson.
Federico’s recent film projects include the biographical _Cantante, El_ starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez; Aftermath, a crime-thriller starring Anthony Michael Hall and Chris Penn and directed and written by Thomas Farone; Dark Illness, filmed in southern Italy, a short film that Federico executive-produced and in which he acted; Capers, a comedy, and stars Danny Masterson. Lucky Days recently completed filming in New York City. In television, Federico was seen as the lead role in Dragon Dynasty , which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.
“Philly and Patsy Parisi”
Before his stint in HBO’s The Sopranos as twins Philly and Patsy Parisi, Grimaldi starred in several films in minor roles and had guest appearances on TV shows such as Law & Order. However, his dual role as twins Philly and Patsy Parisi on The Sopranos remain his most recognizable trademark. He was also on the 1980 slasher flick Don’t Go in the House as pyromaniac Donald Kohler. He also did the voice for the bestselling computer game Mafia.
During his career, Grimaldi was able to work side by side with the industry’s best actors and directors, including The Yards with James Caan and Mark Wahlberg and director James Grey; The Stand-In with Judith Ivey and Kelly Ripa; North with Elijah Wood; Crooklyn with Alfre Woodward and director Spike Lee; and Mortal Sins with Anthony Lapaglia. Meanwhile, on television, he has paired up with Dennis Franz on NYPD Blue, Chris Noth, and Paul Sorvino on Law and Order, plus several series and soaps such as All My Children and As the World Turns.
Kathrine Narducci is an American actress and producer, known for her role as Charmaine Bucco, Artie Bucco’s wife, on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. In addition to her role on The Sopranos, she starred in Chicago Overcoat and has other film credits including A Bronx Tale and Two Family House and some other guest TV appearances on shows such as Law & Order, Workaholics, NYPD Blue, Third Watch and Power.
Narducci’s acting career began in 1993 when she brought her 9-year-old son to an open casting call for the role of a 9-year-old boy in A Bronx Tale. While auditioning her son, Narducci successfully auditioned for the role of the film protagonist’s mother. In 2014, she played a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.
David Proval has appeared in such feature films as The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom, Mob Queen, Four Rooms, UHF, Innocent Blood, and The Siege, he also appeared in The Monster Squad as a pilot Bookies, Balls of Fury, had cameos in The Brady Bunch Movie and Smokin’ Aces and has had recurring roles in television shows such as Picket Fences, Boomtown, and Everybody Loves Raymond. He appeared on Kojak, The Equalizer, Miami Vice, and Friday the 13th: The Series. He appeared in the 14th episode of The West Wing – “Take This Sabbath Day” – as Toby Ziegler’s rabbi.
In 1977, his voice was heard in the cult animated film WIZARDS, as the robot assassin Necron 99. In 2004, he played both adult twin brothers James and Edward Talley in the Hallmark Channel original movie Murder Without Conviction. Sopranos creator David Chase has stated Proval was his original choice for the role of Tony Soprano.
After ten years of singing in nightclubs, Darrow received an offer to appear in what turned out to be a cult film, Street Trash. He played a mobster in the film. Several months after Street Trash, Darrow was contacted by the film director Martin Scorsese. It turned out that Scorsese had seen Street Trash and wanted him to audition for a role in Goodfellas. He was successful and was cast as the owner of the Bamboo Lounge, Sonny. Darrow was also in the Woody Allen films Bullets over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Deconstructing Harry, Small Time Crooks, and Sweet and Lowdown.
In 1999, Darrow played a large role in Analyze This with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal. The following year, he appeared in Mickey Blue Eyes with Hugh Grant and got another big role as mobster Larry Barese in the HBO hit series The Sopranos, which he was on for the entire series run (1999–2007). More recently, Darrow starred in the independent film Lynch Mob.
“Uncle Junior Soprano”
The HBO television series, The Sopranos, began airing in 1999, with Chianese on board as Carrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano. Short-tempered with often frustrated ambitions, his character often experienced conflict with his nephew Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini) over the family business. Chianese brought this aging mobster character to life, presenting him as a complex human being rather than a stereotypical figure. His hard work paid off: He received numerous accolades for his performance on The Sopranos, including two Emmy Award nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, in 2000 and 2001.
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