Actor Joe Montegna gets a regular residual cheque from The Sopranos, even though he has never appeared on the show.

THE SIMPSONS star wasn't even a fan of the hit show when he received his first payment, and was mystified.

He says, "I knew The Sopranos was on but I really didn't know much about it.

"Every once in a while I get a residual cheque from The Sopranos because apparently there's an episode where Tony Soprano is watching a MERCEDES commercial, and, for seven years, I was the voice of Mercedes.

"I get like a $4 (GBP2.20) cheque every six months. So I guess I have been on The Sopranos and survived."

14/05/2004 09:00