Michael Imperioli

Biography: Michael Imperioli was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci. He worked throughout the 1990s in the New York independent film industry, especially as a regular in Spike Lee's movies, appearing in Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996) and Summer of Sam (1999), generally playing working-class Italian-Americans from the "outer boroughs." While rooted in the New York movie scene, Imperioli also worked in Hollywood in the mid-'90s, in the formulaic movies Bad Boys (1995) and Last Man Standing (1996/I).

In 1999 Imperioli was cast in "The Sopranos" (1999) as Christopher Moltisanti, a low-ranking soldier in the Soprano crime organization whose family connections to street boss Tony Soprano move him
Michael Imperioli was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, on March 26, 1966. His film work began in the late 1980s. An early part that brought him recognition was in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), as Spider, a local kid who works for the gangsters and has a run-in with a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci. He worked throughout the 1990s in the New York independent film industry, especially as a regular in Spike Lee's movies, appearing in Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996) and Summer of Sam (1999), generally playing working-class Italian-Americans from the "outer boroughs." While rooted in the New York movie scene, Imperioli also worked in Hollywood in the mid-'90s, in the formulaic movies Bad Boys (1995) and Last Man Standing (1996/I).

In 1999 Imperioli was cast in "The Sopranos" (1999) as Christopher Moltisanti, a low-ranking soldier in the Soprano crime organization whose family connections to street boss Tony Soprano move him up the ladder in the organization. Imperioli's multi-layered portrayal of such an unappealing character is a real highlight of the series and earned him an Emmy and a SAG award.

Imperioli has long been active in the New York theater scene as well, having written, directed, produced or starred in numerous plays. He was a founder, along with Lili Taylor (his then-girlfriend and co-star in Household Saints (1993)) of the downtown theater company Machine Full. He has also written several episodes of "The Sopranos" and was a writer on Lee's "Summer of Sam," which he also executive-produced.

Although most famous for his prominent part in "The Sopranos," Imperioli has worked on other television programs as well, including "Law & Order" (1990), "New York Undercover" (1994) and "NYPD Blue" (1993). He is married and has three children.
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Michael Imperioli's Scores

Average career score: 83
Highest Metascore: 97 The Sopranos: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 63 Detroit 1-8-7: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
7 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
97 The Sopranos: Season 2 Jan 16, 2000 Christopher Moltisanti / Writer 9.4
97 The Sopranos: Season 3 Mar 4, 2001 Christopher Moltisanti / Writer 9.4
96 The Sopranos: Season 6 Mar 12, 2006 Christopher Moltisanti 8.8
88 The Sopranos: Season 1 Jan 10, 1999 Christopher Moltisanti 9.5
73 Life On Mars: Season 1 Oct 9, 2008 Detective Ray Carling 8.4
70 Californication: Season 1 Aug 13, 2007 Rick Rath 8.5
63 Detroit 1-8-7: Season 1 Sep 21, 2010 Detective Louis Fitch 8.1
tbd Law & Order: Season 15 Sep 22, 2004 Det. Nick Falco tbd
tbd The Sopranos: Season 4 Sep 15, 2002 Christopher Moltisanti / Writer 9.3
tbd The Sopranos: Season 5 Mar 7, 2004 Christopher Moltisanti / Writer 9.3