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James Gandolfini (1961–2013)


James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 51) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2013 Nicky Deuce (TV Movie)
Bobby Eggs
 2011 Cinema Verite (TV Movie)
Craig Gilbert
 2010 Mint Julep
Mr. G
 2007 Stories USA
The Man (segment "Club Soda")
 2006 The Sopranos: Road to Respect (Video Game)
Tony Soprano (voice)
 2006 Club Soda (Short)
The Man
 1999 A Whole New Day (Short)
Vincent
 1999 8MM
Eddie Poole
 1998 Fallen
Lou
 1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Diner cook #2 (uncredited)
 1997 Dance with the Devil
Willie 'Woody' Dumas
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #6
 1997 Gun (TV Series)
Walter Difideli
- Columbus Day (1997) ... Walter Difideli
 1996 The Juror
Eddie
 1995 Get Shorty
Bear
 1995 Le nouveau monde
Will Caberra
 1994 Terminal Velocity
Ben Pinkwater
 1994 Angie
Vinnie
 1993 Italian Movie
Angelo
 1993 Mr. Wonderful
Mike
 1992 A Stranger Among Us
Tony Baldessari
 1991 The Last Boy Scout
Marcones Henchman (uncredited)
 1987 Shock! Shock! Shock!
Orderly (as Jim Gandolfini)
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Other Works:

TV commercials (UK): American Airlines. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 18 Articles | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jim Gandolfini | Jim

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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We'd get accused, back then, of glamorizing mobsters, but we were all half miserable you know. I don't think the violence looks appealing at all. Everybody paid for it in a lot of ways. I heard sometimes that we were making cute, cuddly mobsters, but i know for a fact that David wrote an incredibly violent episode - the one where there's a stripper that Ralph Cifaretto beats to death - and I ... See more »

Trivia:

Had often said Robert De Niro played a considerable role in his decision to become an actor, since Gandolfini had grown up watching Mean Streets (1973) over and over again. Fittingly, in et. 2013, HBO announced that De Niro had been chosen to replace Gandolfini in the television lawyer's role he had signed to play--the lead of the drama miniseries Criminal Justice (2014). It's slated for ... See more »

Trademark:

Nasal New Jersey accent that grew deeper over the years See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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