Paolo Colandrea, the actor who played “Man in Members Only Jacket” in the last episode of “The Sopranos,” will be among the participants in the SopranosCon scheduled for Nov. 23-24 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.
The characters is just seen just briefly in the series’ final scene, which was shot at Holsten’s ice cream parlor in Bloomfield. But many fans have speculated that the character had gone there in order to murder Tony Soprano. The episode ended by showing a close-up of Soprano and then cutting to a black screen, leading to much discussion about what was going to happen next.
Colandrea’s character has no lines and no known name. He is identified only as “Man in Members Only Jacket” in the episode’s credits.
According to an article posted on TVLine.com, Colandrea owns a pizzeria in Bucks County, Pa. Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) lists only one other acting credit for him, besides “The Sopranos”: A small part in “Hooking Up,” a 2009 comedy co-starring Corey Feldman, Bronson Pinchot and Brian O’Halloran.
Other actors planning to participate in the “Sopranos” convention — coinciding with the 20th anniversary, this year, of the landmark HBO series — include Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts), Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy), Dominic Chianese (Junior), Federico Castelluccio (Furio), Vincent Curatola (Johnny Sack), David Proval (Richie Aprile), Dan Grimaldi (Patsy Parisi), Al Sapienza (Mikey Palmice), Joseph Badalucco Jr. (Jimmy Altieri), Maureen Van Zandt (Gabriella Dante) and Kathrine Narducci (Charmaine Bucco).
(Oct. 5 Update: Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana, has been added to the lineup.)
According to the event’s website, SopranosCon.com, it will be “an interactive, street festival themed fan experience, visually inspired by The Feast of St Elzéar, celebrating the series by showcasing Italian culture in New Jersey with food, drink, art, music, comedy, and some show-related businesses. There will be fan art galleries, exhibits, screenings, Q&A’s, trivia and costume contests, interactive games, and much more.”
According to Wikipedia, the Feast of St. Elzéar, featured in an episode of the sixth season of “The Sopranos,” is fictional but based on annual Feast of St. Gerard, which takes place every year in Newark.
Musicians Alabama 3 (who did the series’ theme song, “Woke Up This Morning”), Sunflower Bean, Chris Webby and Skrizzly Adams are also listed as participants, as are Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, former Star-Ledger television writers and co-authors of the book, “The Sopranos Sessions.”
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Where are the “top-tier” actors from “The Sopranos”? As a huge fan of the series, I find it *more than annoying* that the show glitterati cast members are too good to participate in this momentous occasion. They are behaving as though “butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths”!