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Robert Funaro plays the character of Eugene Pontecorvo, who played a pivitol role in season 6, episode one, "Members Only". Robert has appeared in 22 episodes of the show, begining in season in the third season.

Robert Funaro

Where were you born?

Coney Island Brooklyn New York

Where do you trace your Italian roots?

Napoli

Do you speak Italian or any other language?

Un poco…an expression in Italian for very little.

What is it like to be a cast member on The Sopranos?

Fab.

How did you get into the industry?

Sopranos was my big break.

What was it like growing up in an Italian neighborhood?

The smell of garlic and Sunday sauce as you walk down a Brooklyn street. Nuff said.

What's your favorite food?

Japanese

What was it like to work with the legend, Al Martino?

Great man with a rich life of struggle and great accomplishments.

What are some of your plans for the future?

Continue in the movement which in its most simplest form is helping to tell the truth as an actor.

It seems as if everyone from The Sopranos is writing a book. Do you or would you plan on doing one in the future?

Yes. Something like a day to day journal of my struggle and progress on the Sopranos.

What are some of your upcoming projects?

A film called “I Believe In America” which should be out sometime this summer. It’s about the Puerto Rican liberation movement and the governments involvement.

Do you plan on doing some theater work?

A new series of original one act plays called “Dread Awakenings” that opens this april at the 45st Theater Primary Stages. Also slated to direct an original play sometime soon about the late Michael Bennett that stars Vincent Pastore and Maureen Van Zandt.

Here's the ticket information

Dread Awaking” will be performed at the 45 th Street Theatre. The show will have a limited engagement from April 6 thru April 23 rd. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Smart Tix or by calling 212-868-4444. The play’s web site is here.

Robert Funaro and James Gandolfini

 

Here's the ticket information

Dread Awaking” will be performed at the 45 th Street Theatre. The show will have a limited engagement from April 6 thru April 23 rd. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at Smart Tix or by calling 212-868-4444. The play’s web site is here.

Do you plan on or have you written a screenplay?

No.

What has been your most challenging role?

Eugene Pontecorvo.

How do you think other people would describe you?

Urbane and lover of man and beast.

Do you prefer Hollywood productions over Indies or vice versa, why?

I prefer to work on anything that is true,meaningful,and interesting regardless of its type or gender.

What's your favorite music?

Punk and Little Stevens Underground Garage Rock and Roll groups.

What motivates you?

Love.

What's your favorite book? Movie? TV show?

“The Horsemen”, The Horsemen with Omar Shariff. The X Files. and Sopranos

In episode one, you die. Tradition holds the cast takes you out for a final meal, what did you order?

Schedule has been so busy we haven’t got around to it yet. Though the veal marsala is excellent at “Il Cortile”.

Was it scary when they were practicing the setting up the scaffolding for the hanging scene. We watched that being done over at the Bing one day a long time ago?

No. I really trust Pete Bucosi the Soprano stunt coordinator and felt safely secure.

What’s it like attending your own funeral? And being able to speak about it?

That song “Everything Old Is New Again”.

What actor/actress has been the biggest inspiration in your career?

Peter O’Toole in” Lord Jim”.

The role in the movie “Cut Out” http://www.cutoutthemovie.com/ as the son Michael, the scenes were very intense, what advice would you give other actors, who are considering such a role.

Just do the work and that’s all that really matters.

You are producing a new play can you tell us about it?

It is called “Red HooK” and will be done at the Hinton Battle Theater Lab. A bunch of local guys who hang out at a neighborhood bar kill an suspected innocent man who is accused of killing and raping young children. It turns out one of us who hang together did it. I play Tony who struggles to come to grips with his conscience for what he was involved with in killing this innocent school teacher.

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A very special thanks to Anthony for helping me with the questions.

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Last updated April 28, 2009

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