Posted by: ckckred | June 19, 2013

R. I. P. James Gandolfini

The actor, most famous for his role as Tony Soprano, died at the age of 51

The actor, most famous for his role as Tony Soprano, died at the age of 51

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.

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  1. I didn’t even see that he died until I saw this post in my email feed 😦 We will be greatly missed

    • Thanks for the comment. He gave one of the greatest performances I’ve seen as Tony Soprano. He will be missed indeed.

  2. Fine tribute. May he rest in peace.

    • Thanks. He was a great actor and he will be missed.

  3. RIP James.

    B2B.

    • I hope is family is okay. He was perhaps the greatest actor in TV history.

  4. Guys a legend, at least we will always have the Sopranos to remember him by.

    • He was a great actor and he will be missed.

  5. I got really confused earlier, there was a crazy buzz going about this being a hoax. Which looking back on that now, I am kind of annoyed. This is terrible news, and I can’t believe some people are willing to exploit it for their own individual attention. For shame.

    R.I.P. James, you are going to be a sorely missed presence on screen for a long, long time.

    • He will be missed. That’s terrible about people trying to exploit his death.

  6. May he rest in peace!

    • He had a great career and I hope his family is okay.

  7. Wow, shocked to read it. He will be missed.

    • He was one of the greatest actors working today. When I first heard the news, I was in disbelief.

      • Will be spending my evening making a “Many Faces of…” post dedicated to him. Will be up tomorrow.

      • I’ll be sure to check it out.

        I’m hoping to see The Sopranos’ pilot again soon. I consider it to be the greatest TV show in history and I haven’t seen an episode in quite a while.

      • Yeah, together with The Wire it is my favorite show as well. Remember renting just one DVD of it at the video store and after that first episode I went back to get everything they had available (which wasn’t even the complete first season), so I ordered everything I could and loved the show.

      • I absolutely love the show. The Wire’s one of my personal favorites as well and I’m still stunned that the Emmys ignored the series.

      • Yeah, that is really surprising…it is the best cop show ever made…

  8. Sad news to hear. May he rest in peace.

    • He gave one the the greatest performances I’ve seen as Tony Soprano. I hope his family is okay.

  9. Lover the guy, man. One of my favourite actors after I fell in love with The Sopranos. Sad to see him go. 😦

    • He will be missed indeed. I think The Sopranos is the greatest show in television history, and his performance as Tony was one of the best I’ve seen.

  10. Really sad news. I just finished me exams and I think I’m going to honour him by watching TS again.

    • It is. The Sopranos is my favorite TV show and I think Gandolfini portrayed one of the greatest characters of pop-culture history. I’ve felt the urge to now revisit The Sopranos’ pilot.

  11. Still can’t believe he’s gone. RIP.

    • I hope his family is okay okay. I saw The Sopranos pilot again and seeing it reminded me of what a great actor he was.

      • I actually just watched the pilot again, too. It’s so good. I plan on going through the series and finally finishing it this time. I think I tailed off sometime during season five…


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