James Gandolfini, 1961 - 2013

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Jun. 19, 2013

It's with sad news we write that James Gandolfini passed away due to a suspected heart attack in Italy. He was 51.

Gandolfini was born on September 18, 1961, in Westwood, NJ. His mother, a high school lunch lady, was raised in Italy, and his father, a bricklayer and custodian, was born in Italy. Gandolfini was raised with strong Italian influences and visited the country frequently.

Gandolfini began acting in school plays and received his first big acting job in a 1992 Broadway production of On the Waterfront. His first big film role was as a mob enforcer in the 1993 film True Romance. In 1995, he appeared in Get Shorty as an ex-stuntman and in Crimson Tide alongside Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. It wasn't until 1999 that he became a household name.

Revolving around a New Jersey-based mob family, The Sopranos lasted six seasons and 86 episodes. It was one of the most financially successful series of all time and ranked as one of the best television series of all time. It was recently named the best written show of all time by the Writers Guild of America.



As Tony Soprano, Gandolfini won three Emmys for Best Actor in a Drama.

After The Sopranos ended, Gandolfini went on to a number of different projects, including two documentaries about war, Alive Day: Home form Iraq and Wartorn: 1861 - 2010, both focusing on the physical and emotional costs war takes on American soldiers. He played a Wild Thing in Where the Wild Things Are and, last year, was a C.I.A. Director in Zero Dark Thirty.

Goldolfini leaves behind his wife, Deborah Lin, and son, Michael.

We here at Break are incredibly saddened by this news. Gandolfini was a tremendous and unique actor and most importantly, a good man. And while he was known as a dramatic actor, he also had severe comedic chops. You'll be missed, sir.




 

83 comments
Damond-Salary-575
Damond-Salary-575 User

he's one of my top favorite actor on sopranos known as anthony sopranos. god bless him and his family as well.

Joe Bartleman
Joe Bartleman

Rest In Peace, we'll all get the calling sooner or later to complete lifes cycle. Lived a good life, on to a better peacefull eternity with those of the past and of the now and to follow.

yomacau
yomacau User

Goldolfini was the kind of actor who brought quality and charisma to every movie he was in. RIP Tony. 

majorslack
majorslack User

Well, if you snort, eat and drink everything that has ever been created, this is what you should expect.


Danny-Wilkes-970
Danny-Wilkes-970 User

The Sopranos - Greatest TV Show of all time, we love you and we'll miss you T!


Corvinetti
Corvinetti

Sad day indeed.  However his contribution to American culture will last forever.   Thanks for giving us Tony.  RIP

-NJ

2DEcho
2DEcho User

Horribly shocking news!  My prayers are with his family!  God rest your soul.

Jim Hoffman
Jim Hoffman

we honor all those who have passed, famous or not unless you are a terrorist lol.

Sebastien-Salvail-995
Sebastien-Salvail-995

Salut tony soprano tu vas rester une legende de serie pi je vais les reecouter en ton honneur

Alex Belmore
Alex Belmore

What a tragic loss! He was a great actor!!!

Frazzini Ray
Frazzini Ray

Played Tony Soprano very well, he was a good actor, seen some of his movies, he can act, sorry, did act, he will be missed!!

Tini Schaefer
Tini Schaefer

Sad ,My mum loved her Tony on Sopranos.Maybe now she can talk to him in heaven

Matt-Kim-806
Matt-Kim-806 User

All who already rest are better defined with the added context of his addition - and those who follow - more privileged for getting to do so - RIP

Break.com
Break.com

He was great in other shows and movies too.

Abby Poore
Abby Poore

Can't believe he is gone!.: '( WILL MISS U :'( R.I.P

Erica Desiree
Erica Desiree

Wonder how long it'll be now before they make a Sopranos movie? He was the hold out. Guess that series finally might just work now hmm?

Brian Mclarren
Brian Mclarren

one of my favorite actor.. sad.. R.I.P. thanks! for the good acts. .

pixiesprimecut
pixiesprimecut User

Sad...but he had a responsibility to his family not to be obese and risk such a death.

Mitch-Fields-711
Mitch-Fields-711

R.I.P. BEING A GOOD MAN AS WELL AS A TALENTED ACTOR SAYS ALOT ABOUT A MAN WE ONLY KNOW BECAUSE OF HIS  ENTERTAINMENT EXPOSURE. SURE ENJOYED YOU..51 AND THEN YOU DIE IT'S SCARY I TURN 52 TOMORROW....

Cool-Jon-1
Cool-Jon-1 User

RIP even though this is the first time I heard of you.

Robert Lesser
Robert Lesser

His life suddenly faded to black with many unanswered questions. Kind of ironic. R.I.P, great actor!