Known to audiences around the world as A.J. Soprano, the wayward, emotionally troubled son of mobster Tony Soprano on the famous crime family's eponymously titled blockbuster HBO series, Robert Iler actually debuted on film a year prior to that program, with a small role in the romantic drama The Tic Code (1998), directed by Gary Winick. Iler re-teamed with Winick for a supporting role in the coming-of-age sex comedy Tadpole (2002), and appeared in the Ben Affleck superhero vehicle Daredevil (2003). In a bizarre instance of art mirroring life, Iler made headlines in July 2001 for assisting in the robbery of two teenage boys on a New York City street corner. He was sentenced in May 2002 to three years' probation for petty larceny.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Discovered at age 6 while walking along a Manhattan street with his father.
- Appeared in commercials for Pizza Hut, IBM and VH1, and made feature-film debut in 1999's The Tic Code.
- Portrayed A.J. Soprano on The Sopranos for six seasons.