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Best known for his featured role on "The Sopranos," Steven Van Zandt was born Nov. 22, 1950, in Winthrop, Mass. During the program's six-year run on HBO, he played the levelheaded but lethal Silvio Dante, a key adviser to New Jersey mob kingpin Tony Soprano.

Before and after Van Zandt's stint on the hit TV show, he spent time as a guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Van Zandt was absent from the screen for four years but put his acting skills back to work in 2011 as the star of the Netflix original series "Lilyhammer," portraying a former gangster in witness protection who soon falls back on old habits.

Van Zandt's film credits include the affecting 1985 sports drama American Flyers.

Steven Van Zandt in Lilyhammer

Lilyhammer

2012 TV-MA

After testifying against the Mafia, ex-gangster Frank Tagliano enters witness protection and asks to be sent to Norway. Despite the peaceful surroundings, it's not long before Frank strays from the straight and narrow.

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