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The Death of Actor James Gandolfini that Played Tony Soprano

Updated on June 19, 2013

Tony Soprano Confronts His Mother

A Star Gets His Wings

Actor James Gandolfini

Born September 18, 1961 - Died June 19, 2013

A TV and Movie Star got his wings today. One of the most beloved crime bosses on the small screen has died. Read this hub to learn about the death of James Gandolfino.

The star of the Sopranos, James Gandolfino better known to his fans as Tony Soprano has died today, June 19, 2013 at the tender age of 51 in Rome, Italy. Born under the sign of Virgo in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfino, as well as the characters he played were both serious and mysterious.

From 1999 to 2007 he played, Tony Soprano a crime boss in the popular HBO drama series, The Sopranos. The Sopranos received raved reviews for all of its years on HBO and Gandolfino deserves a lot of that credit. As the star of the show, viewers were drawn into the day to day life of the mobster. Viewers were able to get a strong peek at what makes a mob boss tick, only to discover that mobsters face the same problems as everyone else.

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The Impact of Tony Soprano

The Sopranos did a fantastic job depicting mafia life in America from an Italian American perspective. It was more that gun shots, murder, crime and violence, although those scenes were present, the show revealed the complexities of family life in America too. The relationship between Tony Soprano and his mother was one of the most powerful and electrifying stories ever portrayed on the small screen. As a mother of an adult son, I can attest that those relationships are extremely complicated.

Tony Soprano was big and bold, just like James Gandolfino. Tony Soprano was everybody’s mobster, but Gandolfino was somebody’s dad, son, lover, and friend. May his work and words be remembered and may he rest in peace.

Some of James Gandolfini's Movie and TV Roles

Movie
Role
Nicky Deuce
Bobby Eggs
The Incredible Burt wonderstone
Doug Munny
Zero Dark Thirty
CIA Director
Not Fade Away
Pat
Killing Them Softly
Mickey
Violet & Daisy
Michael
Cinema Verite
Craig Gilbert
Down the shore
Bailey
Mint Julep
Mr. G
Welcome to the Rileys
Douglas Lloyd "Doug" Riley
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Mayor
In the Loop
Lt. Gen. George Miller
The Sopranos
Tony Soprano
Club Soda
The Man
all the King's Men
Tiny Duffy
Lonely Hearts
Det. Charles Hilderbrandt
Romance & Cigarettes
Nick Murder
Surviving christmas
Tom Valco
The Last Castle
Col. Winter
The Man Who Wasn't There
Big Dave Brewster
The Mexican
Winston Baldry
8MM Eddie Poole
 
A Whole New Day
Vincent
A Civil Action
Al Love
The Mighty
Kenny Kane
Fallen
Lou
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Diner cook #2
Perdita Durango
Willie "woody" dumas
12 Angry Men
Juror #6
She's So Lovely
Kiefer
Gun
Walter difeldi
Night Falls on Manhattan
Joey Allegretto
The Juror
Eddie
Get Shorty
Bear
Crimson Tide
Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Le nouveau monde
Will Caberra
Terminal Velocity
Benk Pinkwater
Angie
Vinnie
mr. Wonderful
Mike
True Romance
Virgil
Money for Nothing
Billy Coyle
Italian Movie
Angelo
A Stranger Among Us
Tony Baldessari
The Last Boy Scout
Marcone Henchman
Shock! Shock! Shock!
Orderly

The Death of A Star and You

Death is a permanent condition that all of us will face. The good news is that when a star dies we are generally left with his or her work. Their work lives on well beyond their years. The most memorable are Elvis, Sinatra, Michael Jackson, but there are so many others.

James Gandolfini's death is a reminder that all of us are indeed stars. No matter what work we are put on this earth to do, we all play a significant role in life. Roles like father, mother, mailman, repairman, wife, sister and friend often go overlooked, but they are important. Those roles are even more important than any role that a star could play because they are real.

James Gandolfini was a real man that died. He will leave his fans with movies and tv-shows, but he will leave his loved ones with broken hearts. May we remember that all life is important regardless of what role you are place on this planet to play.

Happy Traveling and strive to live the lives you dream about - worry free!

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      Thanks FatFreddysCat why do you think you missed the show? Were you Jersey'd out? There are shows filmed here in Chicago because I'm Chicago'd out. I want to see something from somewhere else. You're right, he will be missed. I love the Jersey accent btw.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      I think I may be the only person in New Jersey who never saw a single episode of "The Sopranos." I did, however, enjoy his performance in "8MM." He'll be missed.

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      Princess Clark 4 years ago from The DMV

      He was a good actor. Thanks for stopping by PeachPurple.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Sorry, I never heard of him but I do pray so that he may rest in peace. All good man die too early. Interesting hub.