Tommy was born in San Celeste, Sicily, on April 5, 1900, the third and youngest child of Marco Angelo, Sr., a plantation supervisor, and Maria Angelo. He had two older siblings: Marco Jr. and Isabella. The Angelos emigrated to the United States in 1904 when Tommy was four years old, after the plantation was foreclosed by a moneylender which sent the Angelos into poverty. After a month at sea, Tommy and his family arrived at Empire Bay that Christmas, eventually settling in Lost Heaven. Tommy's father found work at the Lost Heaven Harbor where he worked for fifteen years until his death.
Tommy finds employment with a road crew, living in camps for months at a time as he helped build highways throughout the northern United States. He eventually tired of the nomadic lifestyle his job called for and moved back to Lost Heaven in 1926, using the money he saved to purchase his first taxi.
Tommy then works as a cab driver on the streets of Lost Heaven during Prohibition. His job was tough and he invested long hours for little reward. Despite his meager income, he was grateful for employment as the Great Depression offered little work and many of his colleagues were in much worse situations.
Becoming a Gangster
During one of his night shifts, while he was parked taking a smoke break, two men, later revealed to be Sam Trapani and Paulie Lombardo, appear and hold Tommy at gunpoint. They all pile into Tommy's taxi and order Tommy to drive, to escape a pursuit from rival mobsters of the Morello crime family. After successfully escaping the pursuers, Sam gives Tommy generous financial compensation (to repair his damaged cab) for his services, and gratitude from a man named Don Ennio Salieri, the boss of his own crime family in Lost Heaven's Little Italy.
The following morning, Tommy returns to his routine taxi driving duty. While taking a coffee break at a café in Little Italy, two Morello family gangsters, Dino and Lou, ambush Tommy, smashing his taxi with a baseball bat before punching and kicking him. Tommy gets up and shoves Dino into Lou, giving him enough time to escape to Salieri's bar, while the two men chase and shoot at him. After Tommy ends up in front of the bar and meets up with Paulie and Sam, Dino and Lou arrive shortly thereafter and demand they hand Tommy over. Sam tells Dino and Lou that Tommy is Don Salieri’s favorite driver, and orders them to leave the neighborhood. When they refuse, Paulie returns with a shotgun and aims it at the two men, telling them that if they don't leave they won't leave alive. This prompts Dino and Lou to turn around and leave the area. Tommy then proceeds to meet with Don Salieri, and tells him about how Lou and Dino attacked him and smashed his taxi. With the Don's permission, Paulie and Tommy decide to exact revenge on Dino and Lou by smashing and torching the family's cars in the parking lot of Morello's lounge bar, beating up their guards, and stealing Dino's car. Afterwards, the Don welcomes Tommy to the Salieri family.
Tommy proves himself as a dependable soldato, being able to carry out the family's business with good results. On behalf of the family, he executes various jobs from murdering other gangsters, racing, bootlegging and theft. He is also able to deal with adversaries in a cunning manner, such as making a prostitute named Michelle, who works at the Morello family's brothel and knows too much about Salieri's operations, disappear by giving her money to leave the city unharmed and dealing with Frank Colletti, the consigliere of the Salieri family who broke the code of silence, without killing him, to protect Frank in front of his wife and daughter. As time goes by, Tommy's name becomes more well-known in the underworld after being able to give the Salieri family an upper hand in the gang war between the Salieri and Morello families. During the early 1930s, Tommy became acquainted with Sarah Marino after winning a race at the Lost Heaven Autodrome. Morello's men badly beat the racing driver Salieri had bet on, to the point he could no longer compete, so Frank Colletti ordered Tommy to drive instead to protect the family's bets. Tommy and Sarah married in June 1934 and went on to have two children, a daughter and a son.
Final Years and Death
In 1938, Tommy, Sam, and Paulie accidentally discover that the diamonds they were supposedly stealing from the Federal Impound lot in Lost Heaven were actually drugs. After nearly getting killed for what was once explicitly a forbidden vice, Tommy loses faith in the Don's leadership. Disillusioned, he decides to join Paulie and perform a bank job. The robbery was initially a success, but cost Paulie his life the very next day.
Tommy receives a phone call from Sam while at Paulie's apartment who asks him to meet at the city gallery so they can discuss on how to escape the Don's wrath. At the city gallery, Tommy is held at gunpoint by gangsters and at this point Sam reveals that Salieri knows that both the prostitute and Frank survived. A gunfight ensues afterwards; Tommy manages to survive. Sam, with his last breath, tries to persuade Tommy to fake his death to buy him time to skip town, but Tommy rejects it and kills Sam.
Later that year, Tommy meets Detective Norman at a restaurant, where he tells Norman his stories, hoping to score a deal with the officer. Norman agrees to help Tommy and his family, provided that Tommy testifies against the Salieri family in court. In the end, Tommy serves eight years in prison, before he and his family are relocated to the east coast with new identities.
In 1951, Tommy is seen at his daughter's wedding, giving a speech about family values during the reception. Some time later, he is seen watering the lawn of his new home in Empire Bay. A red convertible stops by his house, two men, revealed in Mafia II to be Vito Scaletta and Joe Barbaro, approach Tommy. Vito asks for a "Mr. Angelo?", which Tommy confirms that he is Mr. Angelo, ready to face his fate. Vito then says "Mr. Salieri sends his regards", and Joe fatally shoots Tommy in the chest with a lupara. The mortally wounded Tommy is soon surrounded by Sarah and his children. He uses his final moments to reassure his family that they are safe, and tells them that "while everything in life comes and goes, family is forever".
Tommy Angelo changes a lot over the course of the game. Tommy, like the other two main protagonists, has been shown to be remorseful and empathetic, but ruthless if called for. Tommy's conscience often gets to him when he is ordered to execute someone, especially if they are innocent bystanders. Tommy is seldom hesitant to kill people in the same life as himself, however.
Tommy's loyalties lie with his friends rather than the Salieri family at large, such as when he saves Sam's life on three separate occasions and spares Frank Colletti's life because of Frank's wife and daughter. He also becomes distraught by the death of Sergio's mistress and prevents Paulie from shooting a waitress. Conversely, he is also capable of gruesome acts, such as unloading a drum magazine in Morello's almost lifeless body, burning Sergio to death and shooting multiple people at a funeral.
He is also an expert marksman, as shown when he assassinates Turnbull. Tommy was an alcoholic between 1932 and 1935. He is very protective of his family, as shown when he testifies against Don Salieri with little regard for his own safety.
Tommy is approximately 6ft tall. He mostly wears double breasted suits with red ties, a dark vest and an overcoat, and occasionally a fedora. He sometimes wears a brown closed jacket with a gray fedora and pants, as well as a typical blue collar clothing as a cab driver prior to his initiation into the family. He has black hair and is clean shaven for most of the 1930s but sports a moustache following his release from prison.
Despite being born in Sicily, Tommy speaks very little Italian, possibly due to the short amount of time he spent living there.
- Marco Angelo Sr. (father)
- Maria Angelo (mother)
- Marco Angelo Jr. (brother)
- Isabella Angelo (sister)
- Sarah Angelo (wife)
- Luigi Marino (father in-law)
- Howard Davis (associate, Morello Crime Family)
- Roberto Ghillotti (Lost Heaven city councilor, associate, Morello Crime Family)
- Sergio Morello (underboss, Morello Crime Family)
- Don Morello (boss, Morello Crime Family)
- Hank Turnbull (politician, Lost Heaven)
- Sam Trapani (capo, Salieri Crime Family)
- Tommy had cursory firearms experience at a fair, as mentioned to Vincenzo during Ordinary Routine.
- Tommy Angelo is the only protagonist in the Mafia Series whose death is confirmed. Vito Scaletta and Lincoln Clay can both die at the end of Mafia III depending on the players' choice, but these are optional.
- Tommy's birthplace of San Celeste is the same town that Vito Scaletta fought in during The Old Country chapter in Mafia II.
- Tommy's backstory is somewhat similar to Vito Scaletta. Both their fathers worked at the docks and they both arrived in Empire Bay as children, although the Angelo family did not stay in Empire Bay and moved to Lost Heaven.
- Tommy is the only one of the three protagonists who did not serve in the military.
- Tommy Angelo is the oldest protagonist of the Mafia series, being 30 at the start of Mafia: DE in 1930, and 51 during the ending in 1951. Vito Scaletta was 18 at the start of Mafia II in 1943, and 43 in Mafia III in 1968, with Lincoln Clay being 23 in the same year.
- Tommy appears to be a chain smoker. All three protagonists smoke, but Tommy appears to smoke to a greater extent.
- Tommy can, depending on the player's choice, execute Howard Davis with any handgun that is equipped immediately after saying "Don Salieri sends his regards." Ironically, roughly 19 years later in September 1951, the same line is directed towards him by Vito Scaletta before Tommy is executed with a lupara by Joe Barbaro.