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James J. Gandolfini Jr

Actor and Producer James Gandolfini died 20th June 2013 in Italy.  Born in New Jersey on 18th September 1961, the 51 year old actor had travelled to Rome to take part in the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

Much loved for his portrayal of the sensitive Mafia boss in TV series The Sopranos, Gandolfini made his stage debut in the 1992 Broadway revival of A Street Car Named Desire.  He quickly followed this performance playing hit man Virgil in Quentin Taratino’s crime thriller True Romance (1993).  From 1993 Gandolfini was a regular figure on the big screen appearing in hit films such as Terminal Velocity (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Get Shorty (1995), The Juror (1995), 12 Angry Men (1997), 8MM (1999), Romance and Cigarettes (2005) and All The King’s Men (2006).  But the role he will most be remember for is as Tony Soprano, the family man and Mafia gangland boss struggling to keep on top of both sides of his complicated life in the TV hit which saw him nominated for countless awards and winning 3 Emmys and 1 Golden Globe. Gandolfini’s eight years on The Sopranos was peppered with successful film roles but invariably he was cast as the hard, often violent man.  When the show ended in 2007, the actor producer was a grieving father trying to change the life of a troubled young woman in Welcome To The Rileys (2010), a hired hit man in Killing Them Softly (2012), the head of the CIA in Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and casino owner in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).  His last film Animal Rescue with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace is currently in post production and is due for release 2014.

James Gandolfini leaves his wife of 5 years Deborah Lin, daughter and his son from his first marriage.