The Sopranos actor Louis Gross has appeared in court to plead not guilty to a number of felony forgery charges.

The 31 year old, who had a role as Tony Soprano's driver in the hit mob series, attended a hearing at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City on Monday (23Sep13) and denied eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree.

Gross is accused of trying to use fake $100 bills to buy food at a bar in Manhattan in August (13), but he maintains he didn't know the notes were counterfeit.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Speaking to reporters after the court hearing, Gross revealed he was given a helping hand in the acting world by late The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, saying, "I did knucklehead things. I showed up late a few times and he went out of his way to make sure they didn't fire me... He was one of the best people I met in the industry... He stuck his neck out for me a few times and he didn't know me from Adam."