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‘The Many Saints of Newark’ Cast: Who Plays Beansie Gaeta from ‘The Sopranos’

The Sopranos Cast - Paul Herman as Peter "Beansie" Gaeta

The Many Saints of Newark cast features Spenser Granese as Beansie Gaeta. This article provides information about the actor and the original character from The Sopranos. Check out Vague Visages’ Movie and TV News section for more industry updates.

Directed by Alan Taylor, The Many Saints of Newark takes places approximately 30 to 40 years before the events of The Sopranos. American actor Michael Gandolfini stars as a younger version of Tony Soprano, a character made famous by his late father, James Gandolfini. The storyline explores racial tension in late 60s/early 70s New Jersey, and how Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola) — the father of The Sopranos’ Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) — influenced a new generation of mobsters. The Many Saints of Newark cast also includes Peter “Beansie” Gaeta, a minor player from the acclaimed HBO series. Here’s what you need to know about the character and actor.

The Sopranos: Paul Herman Is Beansie Gaeta in the HBO Series

The Sopranos Cast - Paul Herman as Peter "Beansie" Gaeta

Paul Herman first appears as Beansie Gaeta in The Sopranos season 2, episode 3 (“Toodle-Fucking-Oo”). He runs three pizza joints in New Jersey, and receives a visit from a member of Tony’s crew. After serving 10 years in prison, Richie Aprile (David Proval) believes that Beansie owes him money, due to being mentored as a drug dealer in the past. Herman’s character stands up for himself but gets severely beaten. Richie later drives into Beansie with a car and turns him into a paraplegic. Herman reprises his role in five more episodes, including a final appearance in The Sopranos season 6, episode 15 (“Remember When”).

Herman’s Resume: Monkey in Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Sergeant Heinz in Heat (1995), Marvin in Entourage (2004-10), Randy in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Alfonse Simone in American Hustle (2013)

The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Spenser Granese Portrays Beansie Gaeta in the 2021 Movie

The Many Saints of Newark Actor - Spenser Granese (via iMDB)

The Many Saints of Newark cast features Spenser Granese in a supporting role as Beansie Gaeta. He’s best known for portraying Arlo in Better Caul Saul and Butterfly in Mayans M.C. Per an April 2021 Deadline report, Granese will appear as Steve Fasanella in the upcoming series Pam & Tommy.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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