Few shows were quite as captivating as The Sopranos, perhaps the great series in television history. Much credit had to go to actor James Gandolfini, who played antihero Tony Soprano. Gandolfini portrayed one of the greatest characters in pop-culture history, next to Huckleberry Finn and Charles Foster Kane.
When I heard Gandolfini died just a few minutes ago, I was in a state of disbelief. Gandolfini is one of today’s finest actors. Besides The Sopranos, Gandolfini recently starred in the acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty as well as Sopranos creator David Chase’s Not Fade Away and the recent comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He was already set to star in HBO’s Criminal Justice.
In a statement, HBO said: “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.”
Seeing a great actor go is a sad thing. Gandolfini was a talented man and he will be missed.