Sad to report James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51.
This is so ironic. I just ordered S6 of the Sopranos and was watching it. Thinking about him and thinking what a great performance. Saw him in ZD30 and he stole the one scene he was in. THAT was a great performance.
But I also noticed in ZD30 he had heavy breathing and had gained a lot of weight.
I was absolutely shocked to see this today. We were looking at a paparazzi site and in the corner it said dead at 51. Then the MSN main page had it as a lead story. Wow, I’ve been watching Sopranos reruns on HBO over the past few months. I can’t believe it.
RIP James Gandolfini. Thank you for your great work on one of the best shows ever on television!
Terrible, tragic news that I also just found out this evening. Not only a great talent and ensconced in television history for his iconic performances as Tony Soprano, but also according to his friends and colleagues one of the most beautiful people in the industry. Gone way too soon, and with an infant daughter and grieving family. Sad beyond words.
James was a superb actor. He was hilarious in The Mexican-he stole the picture. Condolences to his family and friends.
Let this be a warning for 2016. Don’t vote for Chris Christie.
I thought he was Oscar worthy in KILLING THEM SOFTLY last year. I never watched THE SOPRANOS so I really know him from his movie roles. TRUE ROMANCE is one of my favorite movies as well.
I was truly shocked because I expected many more great performances from him.
Very sad. He always gave us a surprising interpretation no matter the size of the role he played.
RIP Mr G – we’ll always remember you.
Not the time, dude
It only took 6 years for a proper ending of The Sopranos to be revealed…and such a tragic one it is. RIP James…a true cinematic icon
So sad tonight to hear this shocking news. They say its a suspected heart attack, but it could be a lot of things. His poor daughter is so young it just breaks my heart..
I watched the box sets of the Soprano non-stop until S3 and then I couldn’t watch anymore. I was getting too attached emotionally to the characters and each time someone got whacked, it affected me. I couldn’t watch the next few seasons. And then just last week, I decided OK, get the box set for S6, the last season, just to know what happened. I started watching it and you know, you just know, the feds are closing in, and you see Soprano mellowing. I gotta watch to the very end now knowing he’s dead.
I’m absolutely stunned by this news. Like many people, while I had taken note of his film performances – his small roles in TRUE ROMANCE, GET SHORTY and NIGHT FALLS IN MANHATTAN, and even films where I liked him even if I didn’t like the films, such as THE JUROR and A CIVIL ACTION – it was through his week-in, week-out portrayal of Tony Soprano that made me realize just how talented he was. Of course, much of that performance was helped by the great writing by David Chase and his team, but Gandolfini was so good at adding nuance to make him more than just another gangster. And even during and after the show, he went on to do some more great work in film. I’m not a big fan of THE LAST CASTLE, for example, but Gandolfini’s performance in that as the cowardly, bullying warden should have been nominated for an Oscar. And he showed he could also be adept at comedy (IN THE LOOP), singing (ROMANCE & CIGARETTES), and even a kids film (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, even if we only hear him).
On a personal note, when I worked at a video store in the West Village for the past several years, Gandolfini was an occasional customer. He was always polite and gracious, if reserved, with me and the others who worked at the store.
I just can’t believe he’s gone.
I am still in shock. Pretty sad to hear about death. Definitely will go down as one of the greatest actors of his time. All of the entertainment industry lost a legend today. I will watch The Sopranos in his honor this weekend. It truly is a sad day.
of course as a joke it’s distasteful, especially now, but he’s got a point that can’t be overlooked…
sadly missed it was a great loss to us all such a fine actor our prayers go out to your family RIP JAMES
His work in “Not Fade Away” (as well as the two other films he made in 2012) was unjustly overlooked. The screen acting world has lost one of its great talents, may he rest in peace.
Wow I had totally forgotten about The Mexican but yes, he STOLE that film. And when the stars of your film are Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, that’s GRAND THEFT.
I ordered the complete Series two days ago and started watching the first season yesterday. I am in shock right now.
So sad news.
Just yesterday I mentioned him on this very site in the futile “Why hasn’t Leo never won an Oscar”-discussion for being one of the overlooked greats when it comes to oscar nominations. The fact that people whine about Leo when this guy hasn’t even received a single nomination…
Oh well, this really isn’t the time for mourning the lack of Oscar nominations on his behalf, because it is so insignificant next to the sad news, but also next to the beautiful memories of a great actor and his iconic screen presence. That’s the most important thing and it is something worth treasuring.
I was shocked when I heard this last night. He was a great actor and I was looking forward to his return to television. Sad that he won’t get a chance to give us another iconic character. I will be watching Not Fade Away soon so I can see his final performance.
Maybe James was working too hard….I was reading at Hollywd Reptr that he had a LOT, I mean, a LOT of TV productions under his belt ready to go.
R.I.P. (At 51 — too young [...] indeed. . . .)
Naturally, The Sopranos comes to mind thinking of him, but strangely enough, to me besides the hit series, The Mexican the movie usually came up first (secondly) before some other pieces as well. . . .
I saw him on Broadway in “God of Carnage” with Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. He was incredible. Of course “The Sopranos” will stand as his crowning achievement, particularly the wonderful episode “Whitecaps”.
Terrible news! I remember when Oscarwatch had him in best supporting actor prediction for his role in THE MEXICAN. RIP!!!
He completed other films before he passed. They just haven’t been released yet.
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