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Michael Imperioli Turns 54: Actor’s Most Celebrated Roles

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Michael Imperioli turns 54 today! The actor has a rich CV, which has made him an instantly recognizable face among his fans. Moreover, he has received countless awards for his hard work too, including an Emmy Award. Let’s take a look at some of his iconic roles from the past, especially in The Sopranos and Goodfellas.

Goodfellas: The start he needed

Goodfellas is one of the most iconic gangster films of all time. It is a timeless Martin Scorsese classic that’s easy to watch, funny, but also gives a grim picture of the world. Adding to that, it also gave Michael Imperioli his big break on screen. His scene with Joe Pesci and the tension between them gave Imperioli his much deserved big break. This is because David Chase took a lot of the actors for his TV Show The Sopranos from this film. Luckily, Michael Imperioli was one of them! Here are the two scenes between Joe Pesci and Imperioli:

Christopher Moltisanti: Once in a lifetime role

Sopranos Goodfellas Michael Imperioli Turns 54 Actor's Most Celebrated Roles

This is the role that made Imperioli a household name. His role as Christopher Moltisanti got him an Emmy Award too in 2004, which is the recognition he deserved. Moreover, his on-screen chemistry with Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini, made them a revered duo. So much so that it may have inspired Vince Gilligan to base Walter White and Jesse Pinkman upon them.

Michael Imperioli Turns 54 Actor's Most Celebrated Roles
Tony (James Gandolfini) and Christopher (Michael Imperioli) | HBO

Moreover, he also starred in arguably the best episode in television history – Pine Barrens in The Sopranos. This episode was the sheer perfection that David Chase always wanted his show to be. And to top it off, Michael Imperioli was a centerpiece in this episode. His bonding with Tony Sirico’s Paulie ‘Walnuts’ Gualtieri made it the most iconic episode of the show.

Michael Imperioli Turns 54 Actor's Most Celebrated Roles
Christopher (Michael Imperioli) and Paulie (Tony Sirico)

In the end, we’d like to wish Michael a happy birthday, and we hope that he is able to show us more of his talents on the screen. For now, we’re desperately waiting for his and Tony Schirripa’s podcast on The Sopranos!

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