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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Farewell, James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, the US actor best known for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in The Sopranos, has died at the age of 51.According to reports, Gandolfini suffered a possible heart attack while on holiday in Rome. According to the TMZ website, New Jersey-born Gandolfini went to Italy to attend a film festival in Sicily.

He won three Emmy awards for his role as Tony Soprano, a mafia boss juggling his criminal career and family life."It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy," said his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, in a statement on Wednesday night.
"Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply."
[read the full article after the jump]

Gandolfini also won a Golden Globe for his role as Tony Soprano.
"He touched so many of us over the years with his humour, his warmth and his humility."

Gandolfini was born in 1961 in Westwood, New Jersey, to a school dinner lady and a bricklayer-turned-school caretaker, both of Italian background. He graduated with a degree in communications from New Jersey's Rutgers University. Then he moved to New York, finding work as a bartender and a club manager. Gandolfini's acting career took off in 1992 when he landed a part in a Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. His breakthrough role came a year later playing a mobster in the movie True Romance.

Gandolfini's more recent film credits included In The Loop, Where the Wild Things Are, Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly. He was nominated for a Tony theatre award in 2009 for his role in the Broadway hit God of Carnage. Jeff Daniels, who starred with Gandolfini in God of Carnage, said: "If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine."

Gandolfini produced the 2007 documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, in which he interviewed 10 injured Iraq War veterans. His second documentary was released in 2010; Wartorn: 1861-2010 analyzes posttraumatic stress disorder and its impact on soldiers and families through several wars in American history, from 1861 to 2010.

His last movies include violet and Daisy, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Nicky Deuce, Animal Rescue (which is still in post production), and Not Fade Away which is a 2012 drama film that was Gandolfini's directorial debut.

In a December 2012 interview with the Associated Press news agency, Gandolfini said he had become an actor to overcome his anger.
"I don't know what exactly I was angry about," he said.

"I try to avoid certain things and certain kinds of violence at this point," he added. "I'm getting older, too. I don't want to be beating people up as much."

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