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