The Many Saints of Newark cast features Alessandro Nivola, Michela De Rossi and Michael Gandolfini. This info article contains minor spoilers for Alan Taylor’s 2021 movie. Visit the Vague Visages Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
As a prequel to the HBO series The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark chronicles the formative life experiences of Tony Soprano. The storyline primarily revolves around Dickie Moltisanti, a New Jersey mobster who doesn’t fully understand the consequences of his decisions. Meanwhile, a main character from The Sopranos narrates from the afterlife. Here’s every main performer and character in The Many Saints of Newark.
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti
Character Profile: The father of Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos. He runs numbers for the DiMeo Crime Family and forms a relationship with his father’s Italian wife. Dickie mentors his nephew Tony Soprano and must decide if he wants to immerse him in the world of organized crime.
Nivola’s Resume: Pollux Troy in Face/Off (1997), Anthony Amado in American Hustle (2013), Roberto Sarno in The Neon Demon (2016), Dovid Kuperman in Disobedience (2017), Sensei in The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Leslie Odom Jr. as Harold McBrayer
Character Profile: A bet collector for the DiMeo Crime Family. He works for Dickie and then flees after killing a man. Harold returns to New Jersey and makes power moves against the Italians.
Odom Jr.’s Resume: Declan “Winky” Hall in Red Tails (2012), Sam Strickland in Smash (2012-13), Dr. Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express (2017), Aaron Burr in Hamilton (2020), Sam Cooke in One Night in Miami (2020)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano
Character Profile: Tony’s mother. She adores her husband Johnny and doesn’t seem optimistic about Tony’s immediate future. Livia often makes judgments about others without knowing the facts.
Farmiga’s Resume: Madolyn in The Departed (2006), Kate in Orphan (2009), Norma Louise Bates in Bates Motel (2013-17), Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring Movie Universe (2013-), Elizabeth Lederer in When They See Us (2019)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Jon Bernthal as Johnny Soprano
Character Profile: Tony’s father. He spends time at Rahway State Prison. Johnny gets upset upon learning that Black people have moved into his Italian neighborhood.
Bernthal’s Resume: Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead (2010-18), Brad in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Matt Rayburn in Wind River (2017), Frank Castle/Punisher in The Punisher (2017-19), Ethan in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano
Character Profile: Johnny’s brother who repeatedly gets insulted by Dickie. Junior turns into a bitter man after injuring his back, and he makes a fateful decision that affects the character’s arc in The Sopranos.
Stoll’s Resume: Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris (2011), Peter Russo in House of Cards (2013-16), Ephraim Goodweather in The Strain (2014-17), Michael Prince in Billions (2020-), Lieutenant Schrank in West Side Story (2021)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Ray Liotta as “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and Salvatore Moltisanti
Character Profile: Dickie’s father. He visits Italy and brings back a wife named Giuseppina. After the death of the character, Liotta returns as Dickie’s imprisoned and jazz-loving uncle Salvatore — the brother of Hollywood Dick.
Liotta’s Resume: Ray Sinclair in Something Wild (1986), Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990), Henry Oak in Narc (2002), Markie Trattman in Killing Them Softly (2012), Matt Wozniak in Shades of Blue (2016-18)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Michela De Rossi as Giuseppina Moltisanti
Character Profile: Hollywood Dick’s wife. She later becomes Dickie’s comare (mistress). Giuseppina starts a sexual relationship with Harold and hopes to run a beauty salon.
De Rossi’s Resume: Ambra in Boy’s Cry (2018), Gioia in Libero Grassi (2018), Carmen in The Rats (2018-20)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Michael Gandolfini as Teenage Tony Soprano
Character Profile: A younger version of The Sopranos’ main antihero. He admires his uncle Dickie and gets frustrated when he’s not allowed to enter his business headquarters. The actor Gandolfini is the son of the late James Gandolfini, who originally starred as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.
Gandolfini’s Resume: Joey Dwyer in The Deuce (2018-19), Ocean’s Eight in Ocean’s Eight (2018), Weston in The Boy, the Dog and the Clown (2019), Ethan in Youngest (2020), Cousin Joe in Cherry (2021)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Billy Magnussen as Paulie Walnuts
Character Profile: A soldier in the DiMeo Crime Family. He is an enforcer who berates Harold in public. Paulie likes to look good at all times — a character trait that carries over into The Sopranos.
Magnussen’s Resume: Kato Kaelin in American Crime Story (2016), Jed Milgrim in Maniac (2018), Ryan in Game Night (2018), Prince Anders in Aladdin (2019), Logan Ash in No Time to Die (2021)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: John Magaro as Silvio Dante
Character Profile: A enforcer and numbers expert for the DiMeo Crime Family. He recognizes potential in Tony. Silvio wears a comb-over and then switches to a hairpiece style that the character embraces in The Sopranos.
Magaro’s Resume: Charlie Geller in The Big Short (2015), Dannie McElroy in Carol (2015), Tibbet in Overlord (2018), Cookie in First Cow (2019), Young Meyer Lansky in Lansky (2021)
The Many Saints of Newark Cast: Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
Character Profile: Dickie’s son, an original character from The Sopranos. He narrates the movie from the afterlife. Christopher insults Tony throughout the movie.
Imperioli’s Resume: Spider in Goodfellas (1999), Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos (1999-2007), Midnite in Summer of Sam (1999), Len Fenerman in The Lovely Bones (2009), Angelo Dundee in One Night in Miami (2020)
The Many Saints of Newark cast also includes Samson Moeakiola (Hawaii Five-0), Joey Diaz (The Longest Yard, Grudge Match), Germar Terrell Gardner (Orange Is the New Black, The Meyerowitz Stories), Alexandra Intrator (Another Assembly, Dear Leo) and Gabriella Piazza (Drifting, New Amsterdam).
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