Giovanni Soprano

Giovanni Soprano is a fictonial Mobster on The Sopranos
Tony's deceased father, a former DiMeo family captain of The Soprano crew (now known as the Moltisanti c
rew). Johnny was married to Livia Pollio and they had three children: Janice, Tony and Barbara. Johnny worked closely with his brother Junior during Tony's childhood. They both went on to become capos in the DiMeo crime family. Johnny was well liked in the organization - boss Ercoli DiMeo was thought to be considering him to take over before his death. Johnny's crew included Paulie Gualtieri and Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. Sal stood up for Johnny in the unrest of '83 and Johnny's leadership led to him becoming a made man shortly afterwards. Both Sal and Paulie followed Johnny's wishes and supported Tony becoming capo after Johnny's death. Johnny took Tony and his friend Silvio Dante under his wing and brought them up in the organization as part of his crew.

Johnny has only been seen in flashbacks to Tony's childhood or in Tony's dream sequences. Tony once witnessed Johnny cut a finger off of Mr. Satriale while Junior held him in place; Satriale was a degenerate gambler who was avoiding giving Johnny payment. This event led to Tony's first panic attack at the kitchen table that evening. Tony also recalled his father discussing a possible move to Reno to manage a restaurant for Rocco Alatore and his mother refusing.

Tony also witnessed Johnny Boy plotting a scheme at a carnival by bringing Janice along. Tony had originally thought that his father favored Janice over him but later learned the truth, that mobsters brought their daughters to their meetings as a foil. When Janice recalled the time Johnny shot Livia through her beehive while they were driving home, Tony thought the anecdote was shameful and made their family look pathetic. Tony described his mother's relationship with his father as wearing him down to "a little nub". Johnny Boy also kept a mistress named Fran Felstein with whom he remained until his death in 1986 of emphysema.

Through the various dream sequences and his therapy sessions, it appears Tony's relationship with his father was never as close as he presumes - an issue that Dr. Melfi has attempted to engage but has been met with dismissal by Tony, who still refuses to delve deeply into his relationship with his father. What is clear is that Johnny Soprano exhibited many traits of a shameless narcissist who placed his own carnal needs above those of his family and used his own children as pawns in his criminal activities.


Johnny Boy(in black) with a younger Corrado Soprano

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