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James Gandolfini Dies At 51
Sopranos star suffers heart attack in Italy

20 June 2013  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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James Gandolfini, The Sopranos

Farewell, Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini - the man who was utterly unforgettable as one of the great screen gangsters - has died suddenly, at the age of 51.

Variety reports that Gandolfini was on holiday in Italy, where he suffered a suspected heart attack. The actor's tragic and untimely death was confirmed by HBO, for whom he worked on The Sopranos and Criminal Justice, a limited series that had just been given the green light.

In a statement, the network said, "He was a 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. "

In another statement, his managers said, "Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving."

Gandolfini, who was born in New Jersey in 1961, will always be remembered as Tony Soprano, the ruthless and tortured mob boss who was head of the eponymous family at the heart of the legendary HBO series. His nuanced and complex turn turned him into a huge star, and Tony into a cult hero. He won three Emmy awards for the role.

But Gandolfini was also a film actor of rare range and class, equally at home as a politician, a soldier and a father as he was a gangster.

He gave indelible - and vastly different - turns for Tony Scott (with whom he worked on a number of occasions) in True Romance, Armando Iannucci in In The Loop, and Spike Jonze in Where The Wild Things Are, to name but three. 2012 also brought small, but memorable, roles in the likes of Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, and a reunion with Sopranos creator David Chase on Not Fade Away.

Gandolfini was last seen on the big screen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, while he had just completed work on Animal Rescue, which will be his final film.

He was seen, quite simply, as one of the best and most versatile actors working today, and his death has already been greeted with stunned disbelief by his peers. "A lovely man and a huge talent," said Donnie Darko director, Richard Kelly. Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness writer Damon Lindelof, echoing the last shot of the final episode of The Sopranos, said, "You created an icon. And you cut to black way too soon." And Ron Perlman said, "Sweet journey home, James Gandolfini. The brightest stars burn the fastest..."

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and two children - a son, and a baby daughter. Our thoughts are with them at this time.


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I don't usually comment on here but I am deeply shocked and saddened at the death of James Gandolfini he was a great actor who shone in everything he was in RIP Sir and thank you for entertaining me More

Posted by cenobiteMe at 18:19 on 21 June 2013 | Report This Post

A fine actor
Anyone who remembers seeing "True Romance" for the first time always remembers two scenes. Both involve very different face offs. The first is between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken and the second was between Mr Gandolfini and Patricia Arquette. The beating she takes at his hands and her subsequent retaliation marked the arrival of his great screen presence. His later performance in another Tony Scott movie, "Crimson Tide" was also fine. A major loss to quality cinema. More

Posted by Dvid Ilott at 17:59 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

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I've had a heart attack and i'm only 44. More

Posted by Willy Wood at 16:14 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

If I explained how gutted I am, I'd come across as a weirdo. More

Posted by LSJShez at 15:51 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

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dude looked at least ten years older than 51 More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 13:41 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

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Posted by bigmeuprudeboy1 at 11:23 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

WTF!!! Gandolfini was epic!! RIP sir, you will always be a legend.
You will be sadly missed. Gone way too soon. More

Posted by coomi77 at 11:11 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

I'm gutted!
You expect the aging stars of yesteryear to eventually pass but not someone still in his prime. Condolences to his family More

Posted by rissole at 10:55 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

Long Live James Gandolfini he was an awesome actor More

Posted by hi charlie at 10:29 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

I hate reading this kind of news. 51 is too young. Terribly sad. That's it; I'm going to finish watching The Sopranos now as I've been meaning to for so long. RIP James Gandolfini. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:04 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

Terrible News
His portrayal of Carol in WTWTA touched me emotionally. Great actor. R.I.P. More

Posted by burtbondy at 09:41 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

Very sad
James was a fantastic actor and will be missed. The Sopranos was a seminal show and he carried it. RIP More

Posted by Workshed at 08:31 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: So sad
Extremely sad, already such a great actor, but he still had so much to give. RIP. More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 08:15 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: So sad
very sad news a great actor. RIP More

Posted by NCC1701A at 08:05 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

So sad
Aweful, horrible news that such a gifted actor has been taken so young. RIP big man, we will always have great memories of you on screen. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran at 07:59 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

What a sad loss
James Gandolfini and everybody else who worked on The Sopranos ushered in a new golden age of television. The man was a great actor and his death is so sad. More

Posted by MarDev at 06:27 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

RIP More

Posted by joeyjojo618 at 04:41 on 20 June 2013 | Report This Post

Gone way too soon
RIP. More

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