17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Tony Soprano from The Sopranos


Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo, a former Italian-American mobster, was the inspiration for fictional mob boss Tony Soprano. He was a capo and de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family, and like the character, he was a partner in a strip club. However, unlike Vinny, Tony is much more violent and prone to depression on the show.

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