Michael Rispoli is an American character actor. He was in the cast of the HBO television series The Sopranos as Jackie Aprile, Sr. Rispoli reunited with Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini in the 2009 thriller The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Rispoli was a contender for the role of Tony Soprano that ultimately went to Gandolfini.
Rispoli, a second-generation Italian American, was born in Tappan, New York, one of eight children. He attended State University of New York at Plattsburgh as a theater major and graduated in 1982.
The feature film Union Square premiered in 2011 at the Toronto Film Festival: Rispoli co-stars with Mira Sorvino, Patti Lupone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.