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|First appearance||"Calling All Cars" (episode 4.11)|
|Title||Capo of Lupertazzi Crew in the Lupertazzi Crime Family (Seasons 4-present)|
|Family||Carmine Lupertazzi (father) |
Violet Lupertazzi (mother)
|Children||Carmine III, Alexandra|
|Portrayed by||Ray Abruzzo|
|Created by||David Chase|
Carmine "Little Carmine" Lupertazzi, Jr. is a fictional New York mob capo in the HBO television series The Sopranos. He is played by actor Ray Abruzzo. Little Carmine is the son of Carmine Lupertazzi, the leader of one of New York's Five Families.
Little Carmine is introduced towards the end of season four when Tony Soprano visits him in Florida to seek his counsel in regards to settling a dispute with Carmine, Sr. While Little Carmine is initially viewed as a pompous blowhard whose mangling of the English language conveys his poor intellect, he later becomes a thorn in the side of Carmine's underboss, Johnny Sack.
At the beginning of season five, Carmine, Sr. has a stroke and dies. Little Carmine comes up to New York from Florida for the funeral, and quickly becomes embroiled in a power struggle with Johnny Sack. Since Little Carmine is the son of the former boss, he has some claim, albeit tenuous, to the throne, and this irritates Johnny to no end. Even Tony has no faith in Little Carmine's capacity to run New York, jokingly referring to him as "Brainless the Second." Despite his inexperienceâJohnny describes Little Carmine as an "idiot" who spends his time "fixing wet t-shirt contests"âLittle Carmine finds backers in Carmine, Sr.'s old consigliere, Angelo Garepe, and long-time Lupertazzi captain Rusty Milio. It's Angelo and Rusty, along with Rusty's right-hand man Eddie Pietro-who pull most of the strings during the war between Johnny and Little Carmine.
However, after a cycle of bloodshed that escalates throughout the season, Little Carmine ultimately gives up due to cowardice. It is made clear that he cannot stomach bloodshed. His decision was heavily influenced by the murder of Angelo Garepe, one of the kingmakers who backed him. After Little Carmine's capitulation, Johnny Sack became the boss of New York, and was immediately arrested by the FBI who were acting on information given to them by Johnny's consigliere Jimmy Petrille. With Johnny in prison, Phil Leotardo has become the acting boss of New York. In season six, Little Carmine is brought in as an investor to a movie project that Christopher Moltisanti looks to get involved in. Little Carmine was instrumental in organizing a meeting with Sir Ben Kingsley to court his interest in the project but he eventually passed on a role.
Little Carmine is not shown with other Lupertazzi crime family members and appears to be keeping a low profile amongst the family. His other backer Rusty Milio was murdered because Johnny feared Rusty would back someone else to take over as boss while he was in prison - Johnny no longer seems to consider Little Carmine a threat.
When Johnny Sack dies, Little Carmine tells Tony Soprano about a dream he had after his father passed. In the dream, Carmine Lupertazzi was disappointed in Little Carmine. While Tony took this as a sign that Carmine wanted Little Carmine to succeed him as boss of the family, Little Carmine told Tony that the dream meant that Little Carmine did not have a full life. In expressing this, he told Tony that he did not want to succeed Johnny Sack as the boss of the Lupertazzi family, that his interests and what made him happy were outside of the organization.
|Characters:||Tony • Dr. Melfi • Carmela • Christopher • Uncle Junior • Meadow • A.J. • Janice • Silvio • Paulie Walnuts • Bobby "Bacala" • Johnny Sack • Vito • Adriana • Furio • Tony B. • Ralph • Big Pussy • Livia • Artie • Jackie Jr. • Rosalie • Phil • Hesh • Richie • Carmine • Little Carmine • Patsy • Benny • Charmaine • Little Paulie • Eugene • Carlo • Agent Harris • Kelli • Larry Boy • Feech • Walden • Mikey • Gigi •Butch • Anthony • Johnny Boy • Dante •|
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