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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 The Sopranos

The Sopranos

1999 TV-MA

It's not easy running both a crime family and one's own family, but with the help of his secret shrink (Lorraine Bracco), New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) manages both -- though just barely -- in this darkly comedic and critically acclaimed crime series from HBO. Murder in the morning and dinner with the family at night are the order of the day for Tony, wife Camela (Edie Falco) and the rest of the extended Soprano clan.

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