'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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  • Zade_92
    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.
  • Charles
    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.
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  • truong18
    this is very sad, he was a very good actor. loved him in everything. he will be missed RIP, james
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  • Brian Sleider
    Eat well and stay active folks.
  • mmmmmmmm
    ...Fuck. Really good actor, I enjoyed his talent.
  • IkBenRick
    Boy this sucks. What a great performance his Tony character was. He left us way to early. rip.
  • Spider
    Unbelieveable! I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Gandolfini's family! Rest in peace, sir and thank you for your artistic legacy! :=(
  • Film Junk Fan 14
    this is so sad i loved seeing hem pop up in things
  • Xerxexx
    Aw man. RIP.
  • Sad, sad news, I think his shine was only starting to happen.
  • Akira Smith
    Oh man, I was not expecting this... too soon. R.I.P. big guy.
  • David Banner
    Riposa in pace
    THE SOPRANOS was one of the best TV shows ever. Gandolfini made that show. He will be missed.
  • Bl00dwerK
    Surprising, and awful, news. I'm gonna watch The Mexican again...
  • Has a 9 month old daughter. Poor baby girl. RIP James.
  • bob
    Rest in peace,James Gandolfini , great actor
  • Nielsen700
  • zey
    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.
  • grimjob
    Always made me smile when he turned up. RIP
  • The Truth
    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!!!
  • Lagoya
    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.
  • Gianni Persello
    Gutted beyond words. R.I.P. Jim.
  • Jackmooney9
    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!
  • cobrazombie
    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.
  • David Banner
    This Thursday at 10 o'clock, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Manhattan.




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