'Sopranos' Actors Arrested


Two actors from "The Sopranos" have crossed over the line from fictional wiseguys to alleged real-life criminals in recent weeks.

John Ventimiglia, who plays chef Artie Bucco on the Emmy-winning HBO series, was arrested early Monday on charges of DUI and cocaine possession, according to a New York City police report. Louis Gross, who has a small role this season as Tony's (James Gandolfini) driver, was charged in a separate incident last month with breaking into a home in Queens.

Ventimiglia, 42, was arrested about 12:45 a.m. Monday after an officer observed his car weaving on a Brooklyn street, its headlights off, according to an NYPD report posted at TheSmokingGun.com. The officer notes that Ventimiglia was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol. The actor also took a test that showed his blood-alcohol level at .12 percent, above New York's legal limit.

During a search, the officer found a small plastic bag and an envelope with cocaine residue on them in Ventimiglia's pants pocket, resulting in a misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance.

Gross, meanwhile, was arrested Sunday on a charge of breaking into a friend's home in Queens on April 18, New York's tabloids report. The 23-year-old allegedly broke a lock to retrieve some belongings from a friend's home. He's also accused of assaulting a Manhattan merchant in another incident in February.

Gross maintains his innocence in both cases.

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