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updated 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/22/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Sopranos Fresh blood adds vitality to the Mob drama's fifth HBO season. Here's a look at the new goodfellas and gals.

STEVE BUSCEMI as Tony Soprano's cousin Tony Blundetto, just out of jail. Tony B. wants to go straight, but will he stay alive? "I keep my head," promises Buscemi, 46.

ROBERT LOGGIA as Feech La Manna, newly paroled old-school wiseguy. Loggia, 74, says this may be his most violent role. "I think I've hit a new low. And the next minute you're laughing. [This show] really pulls your chain."

PATTI D'ARBANVILLE as sexy loan shark Lorraine Calluzzo. The onetime Andy Warhol muse, now 52, does a full nude scene. "I guess I felt like Diane Keaton felt. It was very liberating."

POLLY BERGEN as Fran Felstein, longtime mistress of Tony Soprano's dead father. Bergen, 73, says joining The Sopranos felt like being "a kid on the first day in a new school...terribly intimidating."

FRANKIE VALLI as New York City Mob captain Rusty Millio. The Four Seasons singer, 69, was reminded of his Newark, N.J., childhood. "There was a big Mob presence," he says. "I got to know a lot of those guys."

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