SOPRANOS Actor James Gandolfini is Dead

Pic: abcnews.go.com

Pic: abcnews.go.com

Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini, 51, died suddenly on Wednesday while holidaying in Rome. It is suspected that he died as a result of a massive heart attack

The words acting great and legend get thrown around a lot today, so much so that it has lost it’s meaning. However, James Gandolfini is someone who deserves those terms.

He appeared in over 50 diverse TV and movie roles, however he will forever be remembered for one of the most iconic TV characters ever – that of mob boss Tony Soprano. The Sopranos ran on HBO from 1997 – 2007, during this time Gandolfini won 3 Emmys. Below is the final ever Soprano scene

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 a 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.”

Gandolfini’s first acting credit on imdb.com is in 1987’s Shock! Shock! Shock! playing an orderly. However, his first big break was on Broadway, in 1992, in  A Streetcar Named Desire, co-starring alongside Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

The rest of the world started asking, “who is he?”, after seeing him as Virgil in True Romance (1993).

Even though he is most remembered for his tough men roles, he played a variety of roles, starring in films like The Mexican opposite Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, The Taking of Pelham 123, Where The Wild Things Are and more recently Zero Dark Thirty, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

He recently completed work on Animal Rescue. with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. According to imdb.com, it’s ‘a crime drama centered around a lost pit bull, a wannabe scam artist, and a killing.”

He was also set to star in a 7 part HBO series Criminal Justice, based on a BBC show (filming on the pilot episode is complete).

One of my favourite roles was seeing Gandolfini play Carol in Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are. Check out this deleted scene

James Gandolfini was always about the acting. It was very rare to see him in the tabloids exposing his life to one and all. In a past interview he said “I’m an actor… I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don’t ask a truck driver about his job.” (imdb.com)

I never had the pleasure of interviewing Gandolfini but those who knew him said he was nothing like Tony Soprano. He even described himself as a “260pound Woody Allen” (Imdb.com)

In a statement, David Chase, The Sopranos showrunner, said about Gandolfini,  “He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it. You’re like Mozart.’ There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it’s bad for the rest of the world. He wasn’t easy sometimes. But he was my partner; he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.”

Gandolfini is survived by his wife, Deborah, and their 9-month-old daughter, Liliana, and son, Michael, from another marriage.

Thank you for your legacy James Gandolfini.

Gone way too soon.

Rest In Peace.

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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