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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini dead at 51
James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers massive heart attack in Italy
Actor James Gandolfini is dead at 51. A source tells the Daily News he suffered a massive heart attack in Italy.
the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony
Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in
Italy, a source told the Daily News.
“Everyone is in tears,” the source close to the 51-year-old TV tough guy said.
Gandolfini (center) is best known for his role as Tony in HBO's 'The
Sopranos,' acting alongside Tony Sirico (from left), Steven Van Zandt,
Michael Imperioli and Vicent Pastore.
A press-shy celeb who got his start as a character actor and became
famous relatively late in his career — thanks to his breakout role on
“The Sopranos,” Gandolfini has largely avoided the spotlight since the
last season of the beloved show aired in 2007.
James Gandolfini (right) with 'The Sopranos' creator David Chase.
The burly Westwood, N.J. native has appeared in several supporting
roles since then, playing the director of the CIA in “Zero Dark Thirty”
and the gruff blue-collar father of a wannabe rock star in “Not Fade
Away” last year.
Gandolfini hit Broadway in 2009 with the Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage.”
James Gandolfini and his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to a baby girl in October. The couple married in Hawaii in 2008.
“I seek out good stories, basically — that’s it,” he told The Star-Ledger last December.
James Gandolfini (from left) played a tough-guy mob boss on 'The Sopranos' with costars Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico.
“The older I get, the funnier-looking I get, the more comedies I’m
offered. I’m starting to look like a toad, so I’ll probably be getting
even more soon.”
Gandolfini’s wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl last October. The couple married in Hawaii in 2008.
Sopranos family from the wildly popular HBO drama series 'The Sopranos.'
The series ran from 1999 through 2007 and starred Edie Falco (from
left), James Gandolfini, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Gandolfini — who spent part of his early career supporting himself as a
bartender and nightclub manager — also has a son with his ex-wife,
Edie Falco (left) and actor James Gandolfini attend the premiere of
'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in 2010. Falco and Gandolfini
played opposites in Broadway's 'God of Carnage' in 2009.
His first break came in 1992 when he landed a role in a Broadway
version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that starred Alec Baldwin and
Smallish parts in major films followed — Gandolfini played a submarine
crew member in “Crimson Tide” in 1995 and a gangland bodyguard in “Get
Shorty” the same year.
James Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano.
Fame came for the Italian-American actor after 1999, as “The Sopranos”
garnered critical acclaim and cult popularity on its way to becoming a
Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his sparkling depiction of
protagonist Tony Soprano, a mobster trying to balance the mundane
stresses of family life and his unusual occupation: organized crime.