The Many Saints Of Newark’s Billy Magnussen Makes A Surprising Admission About The Sopranos – Exclusive

Without question, the crime drama “The Sopranos” became a pop culture phenomenon during its six-season run on HBO from 1999 to 2007, elevating the already rich storytelling sensibilities of the mob genre to a whole new level. In addition to being a smash hit in terms of viewership, the series blew away Emmy Awards voters. It total, according to, the series won 21 statuettes, including two for outstanding drama series, three for outstanding lead actor in a drama (for James Gandolfini’s performance as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, of course), and three for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for Edie Falco’s turn as Tony’s wife, Carmela.

Despite all of the attention the series captured in the entertainment world, not every actor in Hollywood became familiar with the series during its initial run. There’s one prominent cast member of “The Many Saints of Newark,” in fact, who didn’t even watch the series before he got an audition for the “The Sopranos” prequel film — and he plays the young version of the prominent character Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri.

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