THE SOPRANOS star Michael Imperioli is going straight by playing a cop in upcoming episodes of hit police drama LAW + ORDER.

The EMMY-winning actor, who plays ruthless mafia thug CHRISTOPHER MOLTISANTI in The Sopranos, is set to guest star in the final three episodes of the long-running drama as a detective who partners with Dennis Farina's character DET JOE FONTANA.

According to trade paper HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Imperioli will replace show regular Jesse L Martin, who is taking time off to star in the movie adaptation of hit musical RENT.

03/12/2004 09:16