Thursday, June 20, 2013

'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini dead at 51

"The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51.   According to sources close to HitFix and confirmed by, the three-time Emmy winner had a heart attack while on vacation in Italy.   When David Chase cast Gandolfini as anxiety-prone mobster Tony Soprano, Gandolfini was a veteran character actor best known for roles in films like "Get Shorty," "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance," but he became an immediate star when "The Sopranos" premiered in in 1999.    Through Gandolfini's portrayal, Tony Soprano became one of the iconic characters in television history and the actor was nominated for

 From Business Insider

Actor James Gandolfini has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy, Nellie Andreeva of Deadline Hollywood reports.
HBO has confirmed that the 51-year-old has passed.
Gandolfini earned 3 Emmys (out of 6 nominations) and a Golden Globe during his 9-year stint playing Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos."
“Jimmy was the spiritual core of our ‘Sopranos’ family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, who helped develop the show as CEO of HBO, said. "He was a great talent, but an even better man.”
More recently Gandolfini played then-CIA director Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty."
Check out his storied career on IMDb >
He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, the HBO limited series “Criminal Justice,” and the CBS show “Taxi 22.”
He leaves behind his wife, Deborah Lin, a young daughter, and a son from a previous marriage.

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