Tribute to James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini Dies in Rome, Italy
While enjoying Rome, Italy with his 13 year-old son, James Gandolfini had a heart attack and died at age 51. This is such a tragedy, and there is not very much medical information available at this time. He had planned to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on Sunday.
Certainly most Americans and many people in other countries will miss this excellent actor. He is best known as Tony Soprano from “The Sopranos” as this HBO series ran for six years. He won three Emmy awards for this series.
He has also appeared on Broadway and in a number of movies, such as “Zero Dark Thirty”, and had currently been working on a new HBO crime drama called “Killing Them Softly.” James had also been nominated for a Tony award for a Broadway performance. He has played in a large number of movies through the years. James played the role of the perfect gangster, but he was versatile and played other types of characters as well.
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James Gandolfini's Youth
James was born September 18, 1961, in Westwood, New Jersey and graduated from Park Ridge High School. In the senior yearbook, he won the award of the “class flirt.” He went to Rutgers University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies.
He also worked at the campus pub as a bouncer. It almost sounds like he was practicing for all those ganster roles he played.
His mother was of Italian descent, but was born in America but raised in Naples, Italy.
In 2007, he produced a HBO documentary focusing on injured Iraq veterans. In addition, he also produced at PTSD documentary, which analyzed this disorder from the Civil War through today. He interviewed military officers, and he the methods being used to get help with PTSD.
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James' Private Life
James Gandolfini has kept ties with his hometown, and supports the Octoberwomen Foundation for Breast Cancer. He owns a lot of Lake Manitoba Narrows and in 2009 he bought a home in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.
In 2008, James married Deborah Lin, a former model, in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. They had a daughter, Liliana Ruth, born in LA in 2012. He also has a son, named Michael who was with him when he died. The mother of this boy was Marcy Wudarski, and they divorced in 2002.
James Gandolfini is a motorcycle fan and owns a Harley-Davidson and a Vespa scooter.
We have lost one of the more talented actors in Hollywood due to heart disease. While no one knows at this point, it is probable that Tony had a few heart symptoms prior to his death.
It is good for men and women to know the symptoms of heart disease because the "elephant on the chest" is more like the final curtain. Heart discomfort is not sharp pain, but often a tightening on dull pain, which can often be relieved by sitting down and taking some deep breaths. Discomfort can occur from the chest to the throat, down one or both arms and in the back. Shortness of breath with activity and discomfort with profuse sweating is a time to call 911.
We are saddened by the loss of this talented man.
© 2013 Pamela Oglesby