"Sopranos" Actor to Plead Guilty of Extortion Charges: Report

TV mobster indicted in 2004 beating of debtor

Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Fuggetaboutit. Or don't.

An actor who played a mobster on the hit HBO series "The Sopranos" won't be able to tie a cement boot to evidence of his real-life crimes and dump them in the ocean. 

Anthony Borgese is slated to plead guilty in a New York City Federal Court Wednesday to extortion charges in connection with the vicious beating of one of his debtors, court documents said.

The Brooklyn-born Borgese, who uses the alias "Tony Darrow" on stage, played Larry Boy Barese in roughly 14 episodes of the "The Sopranos" and also has had roles in "Goodfellas," "Analyze This," mob movie "Mickey Blue Eyes" and NBC series "Law and Order."  

In 2004, several employees of the Gambino crime family allegedly savagely beat the victim, breaking his jaw and ribs. Borgese was indicted two years ago in the beating.

Borgese's involvement is reportedly documented in an FBI recording in which one of the Gambino enforcers is heard saying, "So Tony [Borgese] meets them … shows them where the house is. They go to the house … the guy answers the door … they beat the living s**t out of him," according to The New York Post. 

This wouldn't be the first time a "Sopranos" cast member was connected to mobster activity off-screen. Lillo Brancato Jr., who appeared in the series' second season as well as Robert De Niro's "A Bronx Tale," was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2009. He was found guilty of attempted burglary in a 2005 Bronx shooting that left an off-duty police officer dead.

Selected Reading: New York Post

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