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Jesus Christ... I gotta sit down. I feel like I can't stand! Is that ok, Tony? Can I sit-
~ Big Pussy's last words before he's shot to death mid-sentence by Tony, Silvio, and Paulie.

Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero is a character in the HBO series The Sopranos.

He was Tony Soprano's best friend and a member of the DiMeo Crime Family. However, once it was revealed he was an informant for the FBI, he was revealed as the secondary antagonist of the show's first season.

He was portrayed by Vincent Pastore.


Salvatore Bonpensiero was a kind-hearted man who loved his wife Angie and their three children; he was also a long-time friend of Tony's. However, the money he made from the DiMeo crime family was not enough to raise his three children and put them through college and he began trafficking heroin on the side. Tony Soprano, his capo, and Jackie Aprile Sr., then acting boss of the family, were aware of his sideline and urged him to stop dealing.



Salvatore was born on August the 8th in 1954. He started off as a cat burglar and earned the nickname "Big Pussy" from it. He also ran an auto body shop with his brother. He became a soldier in the Soprano crew and a member of the DiMeo Crime Family. He was caught by the FBI and was offered to work as an informant against the Soprano crew or face 30 years in prison. Since 30 years in prison would mean him dying behind bars, Pussy chose to become an informant.

Season One

In 1999, Pussy was an essential part of the Soprano crew's operation and was exposed to a number of things he could have reported such as intimidating a debtor into starting up DiMeo associate Hesh Rabkin and Soprano's HMO insurance scam or helping Christopher Moltisanti bury the body of a man he killed. He was once assigned to retrieve a car stolen from Tony's son's teacher. He found the thieves and kidnapped them but the car had already been destroyed. He schemed a plan steal a car of the same model and repaint it.

He was arrested later that year but was quickly bailed out by was wife and confined to his home. Shortly afterwards, a corrupt police officer told Tony that there was a mole in his crew and pointed at Pussy, hinting to Soprano that he was the traitor. Tony assigned Paulie Gualtieri to see if he could feel out where Pussy's loyalties were by checking him for a wire, even authorizing him to kill his old friend if he saw one with his own eyes. Paulie invited Pussy to a bathhouse, where he refused to get undressed and left, claiming he had high blood pressure, making the gang more suspicious of him.

Season Two

Pussy resurfaced at the Sopranos' home in Season 2 claiming to have been in Puerto Rico getting treatment for his bad back from an acupuncturist. When reporting to the FBI after the meeting, he lied about Soprano, showing a reluctance to give anything up. He sponsored AJ at his conformation and spends time with him telling him that his father would do anything for him. After Christopher's gets shot. Pussy aids Tony is locating the surviving attacker. He offers him a can of Diet Coke and proceeds to shoot him along with Tony.

Pussy eventually begins to co-operate with the FBI and gives them information on Tony's stolen airline ticket scam. Tony becomes more suspicious of him and pays him a visit to his home. While Silvio distracts Pussy, Tony goes into his bedroom and finds a wire. Later that day he invites Pussy to check out a new boat along with Paulie and Silvio. When they are at sea. The three men confront Pussy and he admits his association with the FBI. Knowing that he is about to get killed, Pussy asks Tony not to shoot him in the head. Tony tells Pussy that he was like a brother to him as he along Paulie and Silvio shoot at him. He is put into a back and thrown overboard. The three have since been haunted by this memory and of their old friends' betrayal.


  • Salvatore Bonpensiero could be a reference to Frank Bompensiero, a long-time caporegime with the Los Angeles crime family who was demoted to soldier by new boss Frank DeSimone, and who was accused of being a federal informant.

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Tony Soprano | Christopher Moltisanti | Silvio Dante | Paulie Gualtieri

Season 1
Livia Soprano | Salvatore Bonpensiero | Junior Soprano | Chucky Signore | Mikey Palmice

Season 2
Livia Soprano | Richie Aprile | Salvatore Bonpensiero | Matthew Bevilaqua | Sean Gismonte

Season 3
Ralph Cifaretto | Gloria Trillo | Jackie Aprile Jr.

Season 4
Ralph Cifaretto | Furio Giunta

Season 5
Phil Leotardo | Feech La Manna | Tony Blundetto

Season 6
Phil Leotardo | Butch DeConsi | Eugene Pontecorvo | Carlo Gervasi

DiMeo Crime Family
Benny Fazio | Brendan Filone | Donnie Paduana | Ercole DiMeo | Hesh Rabkin | Jackie Aprile Sr. | Jimmy Altieri | Johnny Boy Soprano | Patsy Parisi | Vito Spatafore | Jason Gervasi and Jason Parisi

Lupertazzi Crime Family
Carmine Lupertazzi | Johnny Sacrimoni | Jimmy Petrille | Fat Dom | Gerry Torciano | Joseph Peparelli | Raymond D'Abaldo | Rusty Millio

Frank Cubitoso | Dwight Harris | Skip Lipari | Robyn Sanseverino | Frank Grasso

Coach Don Hauser | Credenzo Curtis and Stanley Johnson | Emil Kolar | Jesus Rossi | John Clayborn and Rasheen Ray | Mustang Sally | Rusty Irish | Valery