Baby Boomers “Gangsters” Behaving Like Gangsters

Posted on November 20th, 2013 in 1990s,Celebrities,Crime,Television by Terry Hamburg

It was the baby boomers’ turn to control the crime mob. The Sopranos told their story.

Here are some surprising, little known facts about your favorite celebrities who played those roles.

A few acted like gangsters in real life:

Young Robert Iler, who played Tony’s son A.J., had some serious run-ins with the law during the series. In 2001, he was arrested on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with two other teens on charges of second-degree robbery and marijuana possession. A year later, the bad boy actor and two friends were indicted for the robbery of $40 from two Brazilian youths. He pleaded guilty to the charges, received three years probation, and returned to the set.

Paulie Walnuts, one of Tony’s crew, was ex-con Tony Sirico. “Sometimes I felt like the walls were closing in on me as I got older. My life has been defined by walls. There were those years when I was off the wall and I used to put people up against the wall when I stuck up nightclubs back in the late 60s and early 70s. I never hurt nobody, just took the receipts and left. Then I was put up against the wall when I was arrested. They put me behind walls for five years in two separate bits to places like Sing Sing.” It was there he met a traveling troupe of ex-con thespians and began a new career.

Steve Buscemi, who played Tony’s ill-fated cousin Tony Blundetto, had a life-imitates-art experience when he was stabbed in the throat, head and arm during a barroom brawl. The melee also involved actor Vince Vaughn, who was arrested for pummeling one of the attackers. Buscemi suffered a deep cut to the face and now has a noticeable scar on his cheek. Heavy make-up is used to hide it when performing. He is currently the star of the television hit Boardwalk, where he moved up to mob boss.


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