‘Sopranos’ Star Michael Imperioli Was on His Way to Pre-Med When Acting Intervened

Michael Imperioli, 55, is an actor, writer, director and musician. He appeared in the films “One Night in Miami” and “Goodfellas,” and starred in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” He is co-author with Steve Schirripa of “Woke Up This Morning,” an oral history of “The Sopranos” (William Morrow). He spoke with Marc Myers.

Every time I went into the living room that night when I was 7, I was ordered out. My parents were watching some TV movie of the week with a grown-up theme. They didn’t want me to see it, but I saw enough.