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A very sad start to the day today with news that James Gandolfini - best known as the crime boss Tony Soprano in HBO's acclaimed drama series The Sopranos - has passed away aged just 51 after suffering a heart attack whilst on holiday in Rome, Italy.
Born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961, Gandolfini began his acting career on the stage in the early 90s before making a number of film appearances throughout the decade, including roles in True Romance, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, Fallen and 8mm. However, his big breakthrough came in 1999 when he was cast in David Chase's The Sopranos, playing the role of troubled mobster Tony Soprano for six seasons and receiving a host of accolades for his work, including a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards.
"He was a genius," said David Chase, paying tribute to the star. "Anyone who saw him even in »
- Flickering Myth
It's with great sadness that we report that James Gandolfini has passed away at the age of 51 following a heart attack while on a vacation overseas. The actor was undoubtedly best known for his work as the star of HBO's The Sopranos, but he was a memorable powerhouse on the big screen long before stepping into the world of TV. Film fans got their first big dose of Gandolfini's formidable screen presence in True Romance, and from there the roles just kept getting bigger and bigger. Get Shorty, Crimson Tide, The Juror, Fallen and 8Mm all proved that he had what it took to stand out in a scene, no matter how big the celebrity faces around him or how small his own role. His career really took off in the 2000s, fitting in a mixture of drama (Where the Wild Things...
- Peter Hall
Gandolfini died on Wednesday in Italy at the age of 51. His death, first reported by Deadline.com, was the result of a fatal heart attack.
Gandolfini's first credited role was as an orderly in the 1987 film "Shock! Shock! Shock!" He received major notices, however, for a small but memorable scene in the 1993 Tony Scott movie "True Romance." (Warning: Link Nsfw.)
Gandolfini reunited with Scott for "Crimson Tide" in 1995; that year also found him starring in "Get Shorty" as Bear, a gruff and physical bodyguard with a heart of gold. Other supporting parts in "A Civil Action," "8Mm," "She's So Lovely," "The Juror" and "Night Falls On Manhattan" soon followed.
After winning the role of Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" in 1999, Gandolfini took a break from films. »
- Christopher Rosen
Thanks to HBO, it's hard to think about mobsters without thinking of Tony Soprano. It's been six years since the Emmy-winning series"The Sopranos" ended its six season run on the cable network with a much talked about cut to black. Sadly, now the film's leading man has also faded away as THR reports James Gandolfini has passed away at age 51. Gandolfini was overseas to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy and waiting to participate in a special event with Italian director Gabriele Muccino, and reports say the actor died suddenly after a massive heart attack. This is truly a shocking and terrible loss. In addition to his Emmy-winning turn as Tony Soprano, which he took home three years in a row out of six total nominations for lead actor, Gandolfini also made his mark on the big screen. Early roles included True Romance, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty and The Juror. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini has passed away at the age of 51, after he suffered an apparent heart attack in Rome while the actor was on vacation. No official cause of death has been released thus far.
James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey in 1961, and began acting in New York stage productions in the 1980s. His breakout film role was as the assassin Virgil in Tony Scott's True Romance, which lead to roles in Terminal Velocity, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, The Mighty and A Civil Action.
The actor became an international superstar with his role as Tony Soprano in the critically-acclaimed series The Sopranos, which ran for six seasons on HBO. Other notable roles include In the Loop, Killing Them Softly, Not Fade Away, Zero Dark Thirty, and this year's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He most recently wrapped production on Animal Rescue, alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. »
by Lynn Elber, AP
Los Angeles (AP) - James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of a brutal, emotionally delicate mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" was the brilliant core of one of TV's greatest drama series and turned the mobster stereotype on its head, died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
[Related: James Gandolfini Dies of Heart Attack at 51 (Report)]
"He was a genius," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase. "Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."
Gandolfini, who won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano, worked steadily in film and on stage after the series ended. He earned a 2009 Tony Award »
- The Associated Press
Exclusive: Ted Tally, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Silence Of The Lambs, has followed his longtime agent Robert Bookman to Paradigm. Bookman left CAA to go to work for Sam Gores’s agency a month ago, and Tally becomes the first big Bookie client to make the move. Bookman has been among a number of well established CAA agents who’ve recently moved on to other agencies, and the question is always whether their star clients will follow suit. Bookman had close relationships at CAA with the likes of Cameron Crowe, Paul Greengrass, Jim Sheridan, Martin McDonagh, John Hillcoat and Martin Campbell. No word yet on other talent, but landing Tally is a coup for Paradigm. His other credits include Red Dragon, Before And After, The Juror and All The Pretty Horses. He won the National Review Award for scripting that Cormac McCarthy adaptation. As playwright, Tally won an Obie »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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