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Thursday, June 20, 2013
My 2nd Mr. Gandolfini Tribute
The incomparable James Gandolfini died of a reported possible heart attack on Wednesday evening while vacationing in Italy. He was on holiday with his 13-year-old son, Michael, and his sister and was slated to take part in a film festival this weekend. Gandolfini’s son found him unconscious in the bathroom, called 911, and the late actor was pronounced dead at 11 p.m.
Gandolfini — otherwise known as his alter ego Tony Soprano on what’s arguably the best premium cable show to date — was a brilliant actor on the small and large screens as well as the stage. While a diverse actor indeed, Gandolfini was undoubtedly best known for his immaculately accurate portrayal of Mafia Made Man Tony Soprano on the classic HBO series, The Sopranos. His depiction of the sociopath-meets-hit-man was raw, real, and forced audiences to, despite hesitation, fall in love with him.
Gandolfini, a New Jersey native, was perfectly suited to play Tony Soprano. His Jersey roots, forced exaggerated Italian accent and hard outer shell earned him the reigning crown of the cable Mafia world. Since his untimely death Wednesday, stars have come out of the woodwork to express their dismay and sadness.
HBO, mother of the famed Sopranos that brought Gandolfini success, put out a statement last evening. “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.”
David Chase, Sopranos‘ creator, also expressed sadness. “He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. 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. “
From his colleagues to producers to his ever-loyal fan base, James Gandolfini will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.