Anthony John "Tony" Soprano is an Italian-American fictional character on The Sopranos. He is a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. Soprano is also a crime boss for many criminal organizations. He was played by James Gandolfini. Soprano was born in Newark, New Jersey. Gandolfini's performance as Soprano made him famous. Entertainment Weekly listed him as the 42nd Greatest TV Icon of All Time.