In Memoriam: James Gandolfini (1961-2013)

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To my incredible shock and dismay. It has been revealed that whilst on holiday in Rome, Italy. James Gandolfini has passed away from a heart attack at age 51. The beloved actor who played iconic mobster Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos” (1999), will be sorely missed by fans of the show and the silver screen alike.

A veteran of the entertainment business, Gandolfini had been circulating Hollywood in films such as Crimson Tide, and True Romance, when he landed the epochal role of a mobster suffering from panic attacks. Played to perfection, Gandolfini humanised Tony Soprano, through his stoic demeanour and emotional tenses that allowed audiences to empathise with a person who would otherwise be considered a monster. “The Sopranos” had challenged the family convention while stirring perspectives on society’s moral code.

HBO released a statement saying: “We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family.  He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect.  He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility.  Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time.  He will be deeply missed by all of us.”

A consummate professional and an expert at his craft, his recent credits include “In The Loop“, and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone“. He had been filming “Animal Rescue” with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, at the time of his death.

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