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Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese
Lorenzo Barese
Information
Full Name Lorenzo Barese
Aliases Larry Boy, Lawrence
Gender Male
Family
Children Albert Barese (cousin)
Other Relatives Benny Fazio (godson)
Political Information
Affiliation DiMeo crime family
Rank Capo
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance Meadowlands
Final Appearance Stage 5
Portrayed By Tony Darrow


Lorenzo "Larry Boy" Barese, played by Tony Darrow, is a capo in the DiMeo crime family. He is the only one of the five original captains that remains in that position throughout the show. In the episode "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" his first name is given as "Lawrence", but in the episodes "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti" and "Stage 5" he is called "Lorenzo" which is most likely his true given name. Larry is arguably the most affable and laid-back member of the Soprano organization, typically polite and relatively soft-spoken, and he is never seen to physically harm anyone or lose his temper. He also has a sense of humor and isn't above telling jokes around his fellow mobsters. Like Patsy Parisi, he also hasn't been shown committing murder.

A Capo of the Barese crew; cousin of Albert "Ally Boy" Barese; Godfather of Soprano associate Benny Fazio, Barese managed to become an influential member of the DiMeo crime family during the 1990s. Following the death of Acting Boss Jackie Aprile, Sr. in 1999, Larry suggested Tony Soprano as a possible candidate for Boss of the family, while first rejecting Tony's wish that his uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano become new Boss instead of himself. However, Larry supported Tony's plan to use Junior as the official boss and agreed to follow Tony's orders as he was running the family behind Junior's back.

In the season 1 episode "Pax Soprana", Larry, along with Jimmy Altieri and Raymond Curto, congressed in a meeting with Tony after Junior had Mikey Palmice murder Larry's top earner Rusty Irish by throwing him of Great Falls of Paterson' bridge after Rusty sold some ecstasy to one of Junior's friend's grandson and the boy committed suicide by jumping off Patterson Falls as well during a bad trip. Larry and the other capos reported this as a sign of Junior abusing his power as boss. Barese remarks that "that junky fuck was my biggest earner". Barese later moved his mother to the Green Grove retirement community (where Tony kept his mother) so that he could conduct clandestine meetings with Tony, Capo Jimmy Altieri and even New York Lupertazzi crime family Underboss John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni.

Later during his daughter's wedding, Larry played a major role in reporting to the other mob crews and associates of the Mob Indictments of 1999. Soon after, along with Junior and underboss Joe Sasso (Mikey Palmice was also to be arrested, but was murdered beforehand), he was arrested and charged with violations of racketeering and fraud. Larry could often be seen as a second defendant in the courtroom during Junior's major RICO trial. During the trial and the time he was incarcerated, Larry promoted his cousin Albert Barese to acting capo of his crew.

Three years after the indictments, Larry was released following a mistrial and put under house arrest, however, he took control of his crew back from his cousin Ally Boy at this point. Larry remains the only one of the original five DiMeo family captains in control of his crew (Tony was promoted to boss, Junior was removed from power by the family, Raymond Curto died of a stroke and Jimmy Altieri was executed for suspected of being an informant).

Larry was also a regular fixture at Tony's ICU waiting room following his shooting in 2006. Fellow captain and the family's biggest earner at the time, Vito Spatafore, approached Larry to suggest himself as a candidate to take over as Boss if Tony should not recover from his coma after his uncle had shot him. Although Tony recovered, Larry stayed loyal to him and his nephew Christopher Moltisanti, with whom he began producing the upcoming fictional slasher film Cleaver. At this time, Larry had routinely broken the terms of his bail since his release in order to run business and socialize, including giving a toast at Christopher Moltisanti's belated bachelor party. In 2007, Larry was finally arrested at the premiere after-party for Cleaver by federal marshals for violating house arrest. He was in jail awaiting a retrial at the end of the series, and isn't seen after the episode "Stage 5".

His last reference in the show is in the season 6 episode "Remember When", when Federal authorities begin digging up a body from a murder 25 years ago, which happens to be Tony's first murder. There is minor discussion about Larry which indicates that he gave the Feds the location of the body, however, in order to save Tony and Paulie Gualtieri, he also told them (falsely) that it was the sole work of the late Jackie Aprile.

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