R.I.P. James Gandolfini Passes Away at 51

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Sadly, an immensely talented actor from what may very well be the best television series in history has unexpectedly passed away.  James Gandolfini died of a possible heart attack earlier today in Rome at the age of 51, reports confirm.  Gandolfini was born in New Jersey and broke out with his performance as Virgil in 1993’s True Romance.  The actor went on to star in the HBO drama series The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007, earning three Best Actor Emmys in the process.  The show itself truly changed television forever, and Gandolfini’s brilliant performance as patriarch Tony Soprano was the foundation for the series’ success.  He was also active on the stage, appearing in the 2009 Broadway production of God of Carnage, and had many, many memorable feature film roles including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Loop.

Gandolfini had recently wrapped a co-starring role opposite Tom Hardy in Animal Rescue, and he will also appear in Nicole Holofcener’s new film.  Our deepest condolences go out to Gandolfini’s family, friends, and colleagues.  The acting world is a lesser place without him.




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  • sense11

    RIP :(

  • Errol Finnigan

    Oh no! I only recently started watching the Sopranos and it quickly became one of my favorite TV shows, in large part due to the incredible cast Gandolfini led. Truly sad news, I’m genuinely heartbroken right now! R.I.P.

  • scottish_punk

    This sucks on so many levels. Not Gandolfini, not now…

    RIP…you loss will be felt world-round, sir.

  • tara

    I always carried a soft spot for anything Gandolfini did because of how much I loved him in Sopranos. He was so talented, and it’s sad his life ended so quickly. I wished he kept better health.

  • Jimmy B

    Had to read the title of this article twice. I couldn’t believe it. Still can’t.

  • Jason Richards

    Idk why but this just brought me to tears. The sopranos is the reason that I’m in film school right now. James brought that character to life and changed my life forever. James you and David Chase are the inspiration for me pursuing my dream. Thank you so much for changing my life with your amazing show. I give his family and friends my deepest condolences.

  • ikkf

    R.I.P.

  • DjangoBro

    This is such crazy news… Wow… This guy will truly be missed, R.I.P. Tony Soprano, the don

  • So sad

    Weak. Fucking weak. Rest in Peace.

  • NMphotog

    Salute Tony. Salute.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Everyone’s time will come, but to be vacationing in Rome with the kind of budget he had would be a pretty good way to spend your last few days.

  • Keir Sittloh

    Last role I saw him play was in Killing Them Softly, great performance by a great actor.

  • Al Conyado

    Aw man! What a absolute tragedy…rest in peace man

  • JK1193

    At least he went out strong, with Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty, Not Fade Away, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Violet & Daisy all coming out in the last 8 months. His presence will surely be missed. Rest in peace, big man.

  • Don Vito

    NO! Rest in Peace, James. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

  • Don Vito

    This truly is terrible news.

  • James

    Really sad news. I last seen him in Killing Them Softly. First thing I thought of upon hearing this news was how many people involved with my favorite film ever, True Romance, are now gone. Dennis Hopper, Tony Scott and now Gandolfini.

  • Werefon

    Wow… Didn’t expect that it will happen even if it happens this way all the time! It strikes and hurts! R.I.P James

  • -

    Shame. His performance in The Sopranos was the best TV performance of all time for me, with only one or two others coming close. R.I.P.

  • Kryptonian Knight

    Sad news. A lost to fans of the craft of acting. Let this be a sad reminder that if you don’t take care of your body and pay the price for good health, the price you do pay

    is far greater…

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