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Richie Aprile

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This article is about a fictional character from The Sopranos.

Richie Aprile, played by David Proval, was one of the members of the DiMeo crime family under Tony Soprano on the fictional HBO TV series, The Sopranos.

Biography

Richie Aprile, brother of Jackie Aprile, was an up-and-coming member of the DiMeo crime family before being sent to prison for ten years. He came back to a very different family, however, with Tony Soprano in charge. Tony and Richie had no love for each other at all (dating back to childhood) and this was exacerbated by Richie's inability to submit to anyone's will. A power struggle began and Richie was preparing to move on Tony, but Tony was tipped off by his uncle Junior.

Richie Aprile's nickname was "Itchy Ritchie", as he was easily provoked to violence. When a pizza store owner refused to pay him, he ran over him with his car, paralyzing him from the waist down.

For a while, Richie and Janice Soprano, Tony's sister, were dating in high school. When Richie got out of prison, he and Janice began to resume their old relationship and were actually preparing to get married. However, Richie was abusive to Janice and after one fight where Richie punched Janice, Janice shot him twice, killing him. Tony then buried Richie's body and sent Janice off to Seattle to lay low. Apart from Tony and Janice, only Chris and Furio (who helped Tony clean up) know what really happened to Richie; everyone else has been told that he became an FBI informant and entered witness protection.

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