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'Sopranos' Actors Remain Unsigned in Pay Dispute

Some of the major stars of "The Sopranos" are in danger of sleeping with the fishes.

The actors who play daughter Meadow, son A.J., Dr. Melfi, Paulie "Walnuts," right-hand man Silvio Dante and Tony's brother-in-law, Bobby Bacala, are all seeking big raises - and remain unsigned as filming for the final season is set to begin next month.

HBO is rolling in "Sopranos" dough, after selling rerun rights to A&E for $195 million and raking in millions more in DVD sales.

The actors are furious that they've yet to get offers they can't refuse, a source said.

"It's coming down to the wire. HBO just doesn't want to pay," according to the source.

"No one has deals and they're very far apart. [Show creator] David Chase has tried to help the actors, but even his pleas have fallen on deaf ears."

It's also the last chance for many of the supporting players, such as Steven Schirripa, who plays Bacala, to share in the profits.

If no deal is reached, it's possible that Chase will have to write some characters out.

Sources said Steven Van Zandt, who plays Silvio, and Tony Sirico, who plays Paulie, earned $80,000 and $85,000 per episode, respectively, last season.

They're looking for raises to roughly $200,000 per episode apiece. HBO is said to be offering closer to $90,000 per episode.

"[Sirico] is a very loyal guy," says one source. "But he's hard-headed enough to walk away."

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays Meadow, and Robert Iler, who plays A.J., each earned $85,000 per episode last season and are also seeking raises.

Iler's character found new love in last season's finale.

The future of Sigler's character, Tony's good-hearted daughter, is murky. Sigler wasn't seen on the season finale, because Meadow was in California with her boyfriend, Finn.

James Gandolfini, who plays Tony, earns $1 million per episode and has already inked a deal for next season, along with Edie Falco (wife Carmela) and supporting players Vincent Curatola (imprisoned mobster Johnny Sack) and Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo).

Curatola will make $50,000 per episode.

"Are they willing to get rid of people and delay shooting? I don't know," asked one insider. "But they're so far apart, it's ridiculous.

"The guys want [a new deal] to happen. These are the last eight episodes, and the money is going to be coming in for HBO for years to come.

"But the actors get no residuals - and they want to be compensated.

"They're being treated like dog s- - -."

An HBO spokesman said, "We don't comment on personnel or plot matters."