'The Sopranos' & 'Killing Them Softly' Star James Gandolfini Has Died

June 19, 2013
Source: THR

James Gandolfini

Thanks to HBO, it's hard to think about mobsters without thinking of Tony Soprano. It's been six years since the Emmy-winning series"The Sopranos" ended its six season run on the cable network with a much talked about cut to black. Sadly, now the film's leading man has also faded away as THR reports James Gandolfini has passed away at age 51. Gandolfini was overseas to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy and waiting to participate in a special event with Italian director Gabriele Muccino, and reports say the actor died suddenly after a massive heart attack. This is truly a shocking and terrible loss.

In addition to his Emmy-winning turn as Tony Soprano, which he took home three years in a row out of six total nominations for lead actor, Gandolfini also made his mark on the big screen. Early roles included True Romance, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty and The Juror. He also made waves in the TV movie adaptation of "12 Angry Men" with Jack Lemmon and followed with more prominent roles in films like A Civil Action, The Mexican, The Last Castle and the remake of All the King's Men, all while working on the HBO series "The Sopranos."

In the last five years, Gandolfini brought his gravitas to comedy and drama with In the Loop, The Taking of Pellham 123, Where the Wild Things Are, a return to HBO with the TV movie Cinema Verite, and a busy 2012 with supporting turns in Not Fade Away, Killing Them Softly and a great cameo in the Best Picture nominated Zero Dark Thirty. This year Gandolfini brought some laughter in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and his last two big screen performances, which have already been completed, will be Animal Rescue with Tom Hardy and an untitled project from Nicole Holofcener. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family through this difficult time. Gandolfini was a force to be reckoned with on TV and film, and he will be missed. Rest in peace.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


This really took me back, I was starting to really enjoy him popping up in a lot of movies lately, he almost always steals a scene.

Zade_92 on Jun 19, 2013


Very sad indeed. Besides The Sopranos I don't know if he ever had a leading role, but he should have. Everything he was in he made better.

Charles on Jun 19, 2013


Welcome to the Rileys

Ebisu on Jun 19, 2013


I'll definitely check that out. thanks.

Charles on Jun 21, 2013


this is very sad, he was a very good actor. loved him in everything. he will be missed RIP, james

truong18 on Jun 19, 2013



Have Hope on Jun 19, 2013


Eat well and stay active folks.

Brian Sleider on Jun 19, 2013


...Fuck. Really good actor, I enjoyed his talent.

mmmmmmmm on Jun 19, 2013


Boy this sucks. What a great performance his Tony character was. He left us way to early. rip.

IkBenRick on Jun 19, 2013


Unbelieveable! I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Gandolfini's family! Rest in peace, sir and thank you for your artistic legacy! :=(

Spider on Jun 19, 2013


this is so sad i loved seeing hem pop up in things

Film Junk Fan 14 on Jun 19, 2013


Aw man. RIP.

Xerxexx on Jun 19, 2013


Sad, sad news, I think his shine was only starting to happen.

Carpola on Jun 19, 2013


Oh man, I was not expecting this... too soon. R.I.P. big guy.

Akira Smith on Jun 19, 2013


Riposa in pace

David Banner on Jun 19, 2013


THE SOPRANOS was one of the best TV shows ever. Gandolfini made that show. He will be missed.

DAVIDPD on Jun 19, 2013


Surprising, and awful, news. I'm gonna watch The Mexican again...

Bl00dwerK on Jun 20, 2013


Has a 9 month old daughter. Poor baby girl. RIP James.

Quanah on Jun 20, 2013


Rest in peace,James Gandolfini , great actor

bob on Jun 20, 2013



Nielsen700 on Jun 20, 2013


51 is way too young to die. He needn't have made anything other than The Sopranos to etch his existence onto the immortal. RIP Tony.

zey on Jun 20, 2013


Always made me smile when he turned up. RIP

grimjob on Jun 20, 2013


It's scary the fact he was rich and yet he died of a heart attack he could possibly prevented by going to the best doctors. What I'm saying is he could've had thorough checkups to keep up with his health and taken preventive measures. He must've loved foods that may have contributed to his health. 51 is young! He will be sorely missed!!!

The Truth on Jun 20, 2013


Commiserations to his family, I've never seen anything he was in, but I suppose being ridiculously overweight doesn't help one's chance of life.

Lagoya on Jun 20, 2013


Gutted beyond words. R.I.P. Jim.

Gianni Persello on Jun 20, 2013


The world has changed after he died! So upsetting I loved him and I just found out about him a couple of months ago and its very upsetting to here this!

Jackmooney9 on Jun 20, 2013


While I was never a real Sopranos fan, I always loved his bit and supporting tough guy roles since The Last Boy Scout in 1991. Sad to lose such a great character actor.

cobrazombie on Jun 23, 2013


This Thursday at 10 o'clock, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Manhattan.

David Banner on Jun 24, 2013

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