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Furio Giunta
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First appearance "Commendatori" (episode 2.04)
Last appearance "Eloise" (episode 4.12)
Cause/reason M.I.A./fate unknown (likely escaped back to Naples)
Created by David Chase
Portrayed by Federico Castelluccio
Episode count 34
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Gender Male
Age mid to late 30s (Fate Unknown)
Occupation Chef at La Vesuvio Restaurant
Title Enforcer/Soldier in the Gualtieri crew of the DiMeo Crime Family
Former Noggia crew Capo of the Zucca crime family in Naples

Furio Giunta, played by Federico Castelluccio, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. He was an Italian mobster working for Tony Soprano.

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Biography

Furio was one of two members of the DiMeo crime family born in Italy (the other being Feech LaManna). Tony bargained with the Neapolitan mob boss Annalisa Zucca for Furio to come to New Jersey to work for him as part of an international car theft operation. This impulse to integrate Furio into his association emerged once he saw Furio beat a young boy for playing with firecrackers and consequently imitating the sound of gun shots. Tony Soprano saw that Furio had absolutely no inhibitions and a merciless wrath embedded by a sincere loyalty to his boss (Furio shields his boss with his own body when the firecrackers are first heard). In order to get Furio a visa, Tony got him a job as a mozzarella maker in the Nuovo Vesuvio Restaurant, enticing Artie Bucco with the idea that Tony will pay Furio's salary and he does not have to be on Vesuvio payroll. Furio did not particularly excel at honest work, mainly because Artie imposed tougher standards on his kitchen workers than restaurants in Italy, such as hair nets and no smoking on duty. Upon his arrival in New Jersey, Furio became one of Tony's most feared enforcers, intimidating and beating up multiple people who owed Tony money as well as acting as Tony's driver and bodyguard, to the initial resentment of long time senior Soprano associate Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.

Furio was an extremely loyal and dedicated soldier for his boss Tony, but he does not appear to have been a violent individual outside of that context. On the contrary, his personality was rather passive and sometimes even childlike, and he generally behaved in a very calm and polite manner. He spoke respectfully at all times and was not known to lose his temper, nor did he ever become entangled in rivalries within the Soprano crew. He also displayed a great deal of sentimentality and nostalgia when talking of his native land of Naples and his former employment working in the olive garden of a rich man. Before his employment with the Italian mafia, he presumably worked as a master cheese maker.

Furio was known for his long hair, which he wore in a ponytail, and his penchant for elaborate, flashy shirts.

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Season 2

Furio's first assignment was to extract payment from a massage parlor owner whose wife had convinced him to withhold payment. In an earlier visit Chris had acted in an intimidating manner and shoved a paintbrush dipped in paint into his nostril. Furio was a little less restrained - he fearlessly smashed up the place, and showed no hesitation in hitting the girls or the owner's wife. He then broke the owner's arm in a submission hold with a bat and subsequently shot him in the knee cap - all of which made a positive impression on Tony. He was also one of the few people to know that Richie Aprile died — Carmela knows, though Tony did not give her the details so she wouldn't be implicated if any complications arose in the future — Tony tasked him and Christopher for assistance with dismembering his body at Satriale's. Furio made collections from lower-level associates Matthew Bevilaqua and Sean Gismonte and was not above taking a cut of his own. Furio's grabbiness with Matt and Sean would cause later problems, as they are convinced they are being used by Tony and then attempt the attack on Christopher.

Season 3

In the season 3 penultimate episode Amour Fou, Furio is shot in the leg by Jackie Aprile, Jr. while he and his friends Dino Zerilli and Carlo Renzi were robbing Ralph Cifaretto's card game in an attempt to gain some recognition amongst the crime family and possibly get made. Furio accompanies Vito Spatafore when Vito hunts Jackie down and executes him by shooting him through the back of the head. Furio would be relegated to walk with the aid of a cane for sometime after Dr. Fried performed surgery on him. When he slipped on ice while arriving to a sit down this caused him to roar several profanities in his native Italian.

Season 4

In the season 4 episode "Everybody Hurts", a sly frenchman named Jean Pierre Colbert cons Artie Bucco into temporarily lending him $50,000 dollars for a business investment back in France. Artie borrows the money from Tony Soprano but when Artie goes to Jean Pierre's apartment to collect the money, he claims he doesn't have it and doesn't know when he's going to "get it." Artie and Jean Pierre scuffle briefly, and Artie leaves defeated. Furio is later tasked with reclaiming Tony's assumed debt from Jean Pierre Colbert. Furio eventually began to fall in love with Tony's wife, Carmela, who also saw him as a dashing, sensitive man — Tony's polar opposite — but the two never truly became romantically entwined. Carmela tried to deflect her attraction by arranging dates for Furio. For a time, however, there was significant sexual tension between them. Carmela found excuses to visit Furio including assisting him in buying and decorating a house and planning a house-warming, but made sure she was never alone with him. At the house-warming they shared a sexually charged dance. For his part Furio rang Carmela on the pretense of having lost his sunglasses.

When Furio's father died, he returned to Italy for the funeral. He sought the advice of his uncle, telling him that Italy no longer felt like home and that he was in love with his boss's wife, feeling that they could truly communicate. His uncle made it clear he had to move on or kill his boss. Upon his return Furio withdrew from Carmela, presenting gifts to her children but not her. In the season 4 penultimate episode "Eloise", Furio witnesses Tony's infidelity first hand on a night out at a casino when Tony was dancing and being excessively flirtatious with a stripper. This enrages Furio to no end. A helicopter had been arranged to take them home and while Tony was urinating, Furio suddenly grabs him by his jacket and is contemplating pushing Tony into the rotor blades of the helicopter. "What the fuck you doin'?!" exclaimed Tony in a very inebriated voice. Furio comes to his sense and realizes his fate would ultimately be sealed if he were to murder his boss. Furio then pulls him away and plays if off by telling Tony "You were standing too close..." Fortunately, Tony was so intoxicated he only seemed slightly fazed and didn't seem to recall the incident the following day. Faced with the possibility of being killed by a vengeful Tony — and with ongoing thoughts of killing Tony himself — Furio packed up, moved back to Italy and disappeared. Carmela was devastated and eventually revealed her feelings for him in an argument with Tony, to which Tony replies "If certain men see him, he's a dead man". (This is one of the only times in the show that Tony explicitly concedes to Carmela that murder is part of his business). In Season 5, it is said that Tony has men looking for him in Italy. However, it is never stated whether Furio was found. Furio's fate ultimately remains unknown.

Sopranos creator David Chase had claimed before the series finale that the character of Furio would not be returning to the show, which proved to be correct. This makes him one of the rare characters that have been written out of the series without being killed.

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