Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli is an American character actor.[1] He was a contender for the role of Tony Soprano,[2] but ultimately cast in the HBO television series The Sopranos as Jackie Aprile, Sr. Rispoli reunited with Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini in the 2009 thriller The Taking of Pelham 123.

Michael Rispoli
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Madeline Rispoli


Rispoli, a second-generation Italian American, was raised in Tappan, New York, one of eight children,[3][4] and attended Tappan Zee High School, where he played football.[5] He majored in theater at State University of New York at Plattsburgh and graduated in 1982.[6]

The feature film Union Square (co-written and directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award winner, Nancy Savoca) premiered in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival: Rispoli co-stars with Mira Sorvino, Patti LuPone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.



  1. Buchanan, Jason. "Michael Rispoli – Full Biography". Movies & TV. New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  2. Sepinwall, Alan (2013). All Due Respect ... The Sopranos Changes Everything. Simon and Schuster. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4767-6150-3.
  3. Stein, Ruthe (October 15, 2000). "Michael Rispoli Makes the Cut". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  4. Sherman, Paul (October 21, 2000). "Rispoli researches role in 'Two Family' with relative ease". Movies. Boston Herald.
  5. Rodriguez, Justin. "Actor trades Hollywood glitz for life in Pine Bush", Times Herald-Record, July 26, 2014. Accessed October 27, 2018. "Rispoli actually first heard of Pine Bush as a senior at Tappan Zee High School in 1977.... Michael Rispoli fell in love with Pine Bush. It reminded him of home, it still does. He grew up in Tappan, where his parents ran a hardware store."
  6. "Hollywood Actor Remembers His PSU Roots". All Points North. State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2009.
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