Silvio Dante – Wikipedia

fictional character on the television series The Sopranos
Silvio Manfred Dante is a fabricated character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos, played by Steven Van Zandt. He is the consigliere and right man to Tony Soprano in the DiMeo crime family. John Magaro portrays a new Silvio Dante in the 2021 prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark .

Character biography [edit ]

According to The Sopranos, A Family History, Silvio was born in June 1957 in West Orange, New Jersey ; his forefather was Joseph “ Beppo ” Dante, of Calabrian origin, a soldier who was gunned down in 1959. Silvio was a childhood supporter of Tony Soprano ; his early criminal natural process frequently involved Tony and Jackie Aprile, Sr. His original career design was to be a professional singer, but this dream never materialized. Despite this, Silvio has maintained a connection to show business through possession of numerous clubs in North Jersey over the years, and in backing aspiring young starlets who come up through his clubs. Silvio ‘s support was instrumental in ensuring Tony took over as capo following the death of his forefather. Throughout his association with the Soprano crew, Silvio formed friendships with Salvatore “ Big Pussy ” Bonpensiero and Paulie “ Walnuts ” Gualtieri. Silvio is one of Tony ‘s more healthy associates. Where many of Tony ‘s men immediately become hot-headed and promptly recourse to violence, Silvio generally helps to mediate situations and gets along with everyone. He accompanies Tony to most of his “ sit-down ” – ball meetings within the organization to resolve disputes. Because of this, Tony relies on Silvio to be a clear-headed thinker and person he can trust. It was Silvio who reported to Tony that Uncle Junior planned to murder Pussy Malanga in Artie Bucco ‘s restaurant and who was late entrusted with starting the fire which would ensure the original Vesuvio ‘s burn down, consequently not ruining its reputation. In the short and bloody war of 1999 with the Junior Soprano crew, Silvio helped Tony to plan hits on Chucky Signore and Mikey Palmice and remained supportive when Tony revealed that he had been seeing a therapist.

Silvio is most frequently the one to quote Mafia rules and norms when a tough decision is to be made, even if he ends up disagreeing with Tony. Silvio ‘s affect to consigliere once Tony becomes acting emboss seems completely natural. indeed, Silvio remains Tony ‘s most dependable adviser and hatchet man, lone displaying his aggression in a little number of incidents. One such is when Fat Dom Gamiello makes a note about the former Vito Spatafore ( and implying that Carlo Gervasi was gay ), an enrage Silvio attacked Fat Dom by hitting him in the back of the pass with a hand-held vacuum, and then holding his arms behind his back, which leads Carlo to stab Dom repeatedly in the abdomen with a large kitchen tongue. In poker, excessively, Silvio often becomes foul-mouthed and paranoid. Silvio ‘s condemnable interests include loan shark and bookmaking but his daily role is that of managing the Bada Bing, the most holocene in a bowed stringed instrument of strip clubs that he has operated. “ The Bing ”, as it is often referred to, is not only one of the crime class ‘s major converge spots, but besides doubles as a whorehouse. Silvio loves and cares about, and is a strong father for, his adolescent daughter Heather, whom he calls The Principessa. Silvio says that Heather disapproves of his profession, calling it “ degrading to women ”. Tony has said to him, “ You ‘re a commodity father. ” When his daughter ‘s soccer bus was found to be involved with one of his young players, Silvio looked for vengeance but followed Tony ‘s decision to let the authorities deal with him. apart from periodic instances of adultery — Christopher says during his intervention in “ The Strong, Silent Type “ that Silvio was “ sleep together every adulteress you got working in the set ” — it can be said that he besides loves his wife, Gabriella Dante ( played by Steven Van Zandt ‘s real life wife Maureen Van Zandt ), very much. Silvio has a long record of executing traitors throughout the indicate. He killed Jimmy Altieri at the end of season one. late, along with Tony and Paulie Walnuts, he executes Pussy Bonpensiero in season two. In season five, he executes Adriana La Cerva. All were killed when they were discovered to have been cooperating — or, in the lawsuit of Altieri, thought to have been cooperating — with the FBI in their ongoing investigation of the Soprano crime family. Like Tony and Paulie, Bonpensiero ‘s killing haunted Silvio. In Season 6, Silvio besides executed Burt Gervasi, garroting him after he discovered that he had been working with the Lupertazzi crime class. Silvio ‘s judgment wavered when he realized Tony was positioning Christopher Moltisanti as an mediator between himself and the respite of the organization because of Christopher ‘s and Tony ‘s lineage ties. This was made most apparent when Paulie was arrested on a grease-gun charge and Tony made Christopher acting capo of his crowd in Paulie ‘s absence. Silvio responded by encouraging Gualtieri crew soldier Patsy Parisi to steal from the Esplanade construction site against Tony ‘s and Christopher ‘s orders. Silvio besides became embroiled in a conflict with native american protesters over a Columbus Day celebration – something Tony saw as a distraction – and going so far as to get many of the family ‘s associates involved in a fierce affray with the protesters. Silvio found it hard to let the conflict die even once Tony had exhausted all avenues of winning the dispute. Silvio did not take this uncharacteristic behavior any further and, although Tony had noticed it, nothing became of it. Silvio got a chance to vent his frustration with Christopher at an intervention for his drug problems that ended with Christopher being violently put in his place by Paulie and Silvio. Since Christopher returned from rehab, his kinship with Silvio seems to have returned to their previous friendly association. Silvio maintains a realistic relationship with Paulie Gualtieri, well aware of Paulie ‘s tight-fisted position towards money and dangerous tendencies. Silvio has remarked to Tony that they know that Paulie does not kick up his entire amount. Silvio besides tried to warn Paulie that his distractedness had been noticed when Paulie let his loyalties to the Soprano family falter not hanker after Silvio ‘s own crisis of religion in Tony. Paulie and Silvio argued about this – Paulie had been harboring resentment toward Silvio since his illness got Paulie into the Pine Barrens debacle. however, it was not retentive earlier Paulie returned his attention to staying in Tony ‘s good graces. Silvio counseled Tony through difficult decisions about Richie Aprile, and his disputes with Ralph Cifaretto, Feech La Manna and Tony Blundetto. He is much forced to convince Tony to go against his impulses – something that he normally manages without setting off Tony ‘s hair-trigger chasten. More often than not, when Silvio has something on his heed but will not speak about it, Tony much senses this and gets him to speak up. When Tony ends up in a coma after being shot by his uncle in a fit of dementia, it falls upon Silvio to take the reins as acting emboss of the Soprano family. At first, Silvio apparently enjoys the job, and even feels a degree of repent that he did not accept an crack from the deep Jackie Aprile, Sr. to become the boss back in the late 1990s. His wife Gabriella prompts him to consider the possibilities of a permanent wave change. His ambitions cursorily subside when he feels the huge pressure of being boss and begins to have asthma attacks brought on by anxiety, as later alluded to by Tony when he says, “ All due obedience, you got no fucking idea what it ‘s like being # 1 ”. As boss, Silvio dealt efficaciously with Paulie in a dispute over the schism of profits from a heist Paulie had undertaken following a lean from Vito Spatafore. however, Silvio was indecisive in his treat of a quarrel between Vito and Bobby Baccalieri over a solicitation route. After his revert to the more comfortable function of consigliere, Silvio again counseled Tony about contentious issues. When Vito Spatafore was outed to the organization, Silvio convinced Tony of the necessitate to restrain his desire to “ give him a pas ” because of the effect it would have on the other captains ‘ view of his leadership. When Tony responded with distasteful jokes about Bobby ‘s serious injury, a front from Silvio was adequate to tell him he was being unfair.

When Vito came back from New Hampshire, Silvio said that there would be popular opinion to get rid of him, but Tony initially decided to let Vito run a prostitution resound in Atlantic City. however, when Phil Leotardo confronted Tony about Vito being in New Jersey, Silvio and Tony both knew that they could not keep fighting with Phil over the issue and that if they wanted to keep the “ no appearance ” jobs, Vito would have to go. Silvio had always pushed for Vito to be taken worry of and told Tony that it was the right move and not to beat himself up over the issue. When Phil Leotardo and his men killed Vito ( without permission from Tony ), Tony told Silvio that it was not about Vito, it was about him. Silvio initially told Tony that they should go after one of Phil ‘s men but Tony was trying to avoid a war and rather decided to blow up Phil ‘s wire room in Sheepshead Bay. Silvio and Carlo were at Satriale ‘s Pork Store late that day when “ Fat Dom ” Gamiello came by. Dom started making jokes about Vito ‘s homosexuality and implied that Carlo was homosexual. Silvio told Dom to leave, but when Dom continued his derision, anger got the best of the normally calm consigliere as he smashed his hand-held void over Dom ‘s mind and held him while Carlo stabbed him to death. A short time afterwards, Tony came by the shop to see them. Silvio advised Tony not to enter, but he could not stop Tony from finding Dom. Tony stormed out of the workshop with Silvio right behind him telling Tony that “ When you kill a made guy, this is what happens. ” In the episode “ Stage 5 “ Silvio was out at lunch with Gerry Torciano, the valet Phil Leotardo wanted to take over as boss of the Lupertazzi family, when one of Doc Santoro ‘s assassins killed Torciano. This desecrate Tony, as Silvio could have been hurt during the affray. In the episode “ The Blue Comet “, it is revealed that the Lupertazzi family has recruited Burt Gervasi to begin a rebellion against Tony. Burt goes to Silvio to join in a coup d’etat d’état against the bos, but Silvio responds by strangling him to death at his family a short time late. finally contracts are put out on Silvio, Bobby Bacala, and Tony in order to incapacitate the leadership of the family. soon after Bobby is killed, while Patsy Parisi drives Silvio outside of the Bada Bing club, a car moves in front of them, with two men coming out shooting multiple times. Silvio tries taking a pistol off of the back seat, alone to be shot in the back. Silvio manages to grab his pistol in clock while Parisi holds them off. Parisi manages to defend them, but soon the two men begin to target Silvio more. He is dart once more in the chest, while Patsy runs into the woods, fleeing for his life. Afterwards, Silvio is rushed to the hospital and placed in an intensive care unit. Paulie belated tells Tony that Silvio survived the assassination attack but is in a coma ; the doctors say that he is improbable to regain consciousness. In the concluding episode, an emotional Tony visits the still comatose Silvio, whose destiny is not mentioned far .

Murders committed by Silvio [edit ]

character origins [edit ]

Sopranos godhead David Chase was impressed with Van Zandt ‘s humorous appearance and presence after seeing him induct The Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and invited him to audition. [ 2 ] Van Zandt, a guitarist best known for playing in Bruce Springsteen ‘s E Street Band, had never acted earlier. He auditioned for the role of Tony Soprano, but HBO felt that the function should go to an experienced actor, so Chase wrote a modern partially for the musician. [ 3 ] [ 2 ] Van Zandt finally agreed to star on the testify as consigliere Silvio Dante, and his real-life spouse Maureen was cast as his on-screen wife Gabriella. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 6 ]

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