Angelo Punchinello is the secondary antagonist of Max Payne and the main antagonist during the second act. He is an Italian-American mobster, the head of New York City's Punchinello crime family, and the godfather of New York's crime underworld at least from the late 1980s to early 1990s until 2001. His top three most dangerous henchmen are known as the Trio: Vince Mugnaio, Pilate "Big Brother" Providence, and Joe "Deadpan" Salem.

Punchinello's early life are mostly unknown, whenever he founded or inherit the crime family is unknown. At some point prior to 2001, he married a woman called Lisa, whom he often beat.

Around 1999, the CEO of Aesir Corporation, Nicole Horne, began to use Angelo's criminal organization for her valkyr business, which also addicted his right-hand man, Jack Lupino. Angelo never found out who Horne was, but thought that she was someone from the government.

He plays a central role before and during Max Payne's revenge quest in 2001, with Max finding many of his letters to his soldiers, as well connecting with him when the former attacks the ship of one of Angelo's associates, Boris Dime.

He tries to lure Payne into a trap by setting a meeting with his enemy, which contains his own restaurant, Casa di Angelo burning down to capture Payne, but the trap goes in veins, as Payne escapes the place.

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