New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia helped dedicate a New Jersey street to their late "Sopranos" co-star James Gandolfini.
James Gandolfini's 'Sopranos' family attends his funeral

James Gandolfini's 'Sopranos' family attends his funeral

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- A funeral Mass is to be held Thursday for the late actor James Gandolfini at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Chianese of 'Sopranos' a no-go for Yankees

Chianese of 'Sopranos' a no-go for Yankees

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Actor Dominic Chianese, known best for a role on the crime drama "The Sopranos," cannot perform at New York's Yankee Stadium, team officials say.

Soprano 'Uncle' wants to return to TV

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Fresh from portraying mobster Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano on "The Sopranos," New Yorker Dominic Chianese said he hoped to return to TV in a lighter role.

Dominic Chianese shoots talk show

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" star Dominic "Uncle Junior" Chianese has taped a variety/talk show he's shopping around with the aim of a fall 2007 premiere.

'Soprano' crew open hearts and wallets

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, aka "The Sopranos" Paulie Walnuts, made his colorful castmates an offer they couldn't refuse and raised $465,000 for sick kids.

'Sopranos' Steven Schirripa headed to soap

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" Steven Schirripa, on hiatus with the HBO series until 2006, is moonlighting with a brief stint on the CBS daytime drama, "Guiding Light."

Feature: Return of the Mavericks

NASHVILLE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Even when fans wondered about a future for the Mavericks, band member Robert Reynolds always knew the band would make more music, despite the five-year break.

'Sopranos' star shares wealth

HOLLYWOOD, June 12 (UPI) -- "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is sharing a salary increase, won recently in hard-fought HBO negotiations, with his fellow cast members.

Nominees for 9th Annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Tuesday in Los Angeles:

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The National Board of Review has named the Virginia Woolf drama, "The Hours," the Best Film of 2002.
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Preliminary box office receipts have been counted, laying to rest the debate of who would top the box office this week: Boy wizard Harry Potter or his countryman James Bond? The answer is Bond. James Bond.
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It looks like Eminem will be getting coal in his stocking this Christmas. The Grammy Award-winning rapper's semi-autobiographical film, "8 Mile," stole the No. 1 spot out of Santa's sack when it debuted this weekend.
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When it comes to Hollywood, actor/filmmaker Dennis Hopper knows where all the bodies are buried. Literally.
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Dominic Chianese
Soprano's star Dominic Chianese rings the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ in New York on March 8, 2006. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Dominic Chianese (pronounced Key-ah-NAYZ-e; born February 24 or September 11, 1931) is a two-time Emmy Award-nominated American film, television and theatre actor, perhaps best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO TV series, The Sopranos.

Chianese was born in the borough of The Bronx, New York City, the son of a bricklayer. He graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science in 1948. He worked as a bricklayer with his father and attended night school during the 1950s, graduating with a bachelor's degree in speech and theater from Brooklyn College in 1961. His earliest stage work occurred in 1952 with a Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company of singers, actors and musicians called The American Savoyards, under the direction of Dorothy Raedler.

After a decade of doing college and off-broadway theatre, Chianese attended his first professional acting class at HB Studios in Manhattan, with renowned teacher Walt Witcover. Drama and musical theater became Chianese's passion. His first Broadway show was Oliver! in 1965. He has continued to perform in Broadway theatre, off-Broadway, and regional theatre. To supplement income in the dry periods, he played rhythm guitar and sang in taverns and restaurants. Chianese's first television credit occurred when George C. Scott recommended him for a role in the acclaimed series East Side, West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast Chianese as Johnny Ola in The Godfather, Part II, which sparked a film career, culminating in several films (and plays) with Al Pacino.

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