He was known for his memorable as mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Soprano sadly actor James Gandolfini died today of a possible heart attack while on holiday in Rome, Italy at the age of 51.
While noticeably shy to the press and public, the New Jersey born actor best known for playing large-and-in-charge men has been described by those who knew him best as lovable and charming. It was said charm that was seen through, albeit a little, in Tony Soprano that made the character somewhat loveable and audience members to root for.
“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.” said Gandolfini, in an interview about his looks attracting him certain roles he would make memorable.
Prior to The Sopranos Gandolfini’s breakthrough role was playing a wiseguy in “True Romance,” written by Quentin Tarantino.
After winning three Emmys for playing Tony Soprano, Gandolfini went on to appear in such films as Zero Dark Thirty and Where the Wild Things Are.
HBO released a statement on Gandolfini’s death stating: “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. 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.”
Gandolfini is survived by his son Michael Gandolfini from his former wife and a daughter with current wife former-model Deborah Lin.