James Gandolfini Dead at 51

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James Gandolfini Dead at 51

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 19, 2013 | Comments ()


James Gandolfini, Emmy winning actor best known for his role as Tony Soprano in "The Soprano" has died, according to reports from Deadline. Gandoflini reportedly suffered a heart attack while in Italy. The Park Ridge, New Jersey native leaves behind a wife, Deborah Lin, a one year old daughter, and a son from a previous marriage.

Gandofini was last seen in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly and was filming another mafia pic, Animal Rescue, with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

R.I.P. Mr. Gandolfini. 51 is too damn young.

Here's his great appearance in In the Loop.

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  • BWeaves


    Naturally, I'm shocked, and my condolences go to his family. But, I'm more shocked that I'm way older than he was. I thought for sure that he was a good 7 years older than I am, and I'm several years older than he was. No, it's not about me. I'm just shocked. It didn't really seem like an early death to me until I read his age, and my jaw dropped.


    I just read that he had taken his son, who is in 8th grade, for a father/son trip to Italy, and the son witnessed his father collapse in the hotel room and the son called for help. That is so awful. My mother had her first major heart attack when I was in 9th grade, but at least I didn't witness it. That must have been so traumatic for the boy. My heart really goes out to his family.

  • AudioSuede

    Terrible. The man was a powerhouse on screen. And he's gone way too soon. RIP

  • the dude

    This is really sad news. Even if his health wasn't that good he looked really lively and just happy to be here. We will miss you and your character James.

  • zeke_the_pig


  • foolsage

    Damn. He was a very talented guy and I loved his work. I'll miss him.

  • Malware

    Damn! Way too soon! RIP, you will be missed.

  • disqus_mQPW6cixfl

    By a few minutes, Slim Whitman was waiting to yodel for him up there.

    And God covered His ears.


  • Wrestling Fan

    Incredibly sad news.

    Well miss ya, Tony Sopra

  • I will always have a soft spot for his character in "The Mexican".

  • Artemis

    I haven't watched much of The Sopranos, so that's the role that comes to mind for me as well. That movie was not great, but he was phenomenal in it. So, so sad.

  • Torgotronic

    Shocked, stunned. Just a great actor, and from everything I've read, a good guy all around. God bless and keep his loved ones. PS to Pajiba, thanks for picking this great bit from "In the Loop", he was just awesome in this.

  • John W

    Holy shit that sucks.

  • DominaNefret

    He also had an 8 month old daughter, which is extraordinarily sad.

  • NateMan

    Aw man. Fantastic actor and, by all accounts, a decent guy. You'll be missed, big man.

  • ferryman

    Too young, too damn young. He had much greatness in his future, it's sad to have to see him go.

  • Kirstini

    I just mooed at the screen. "Nooo. Noooo. Whaaat. Whaaaat."

  • linnyloo

    I think I shouted "What the fuck?" about twenty times in a row.

  • mashbot

    I'm holding out for an "Oops, not true!" hoax. :(

  • Holy shit.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Aw, crap. That's terrible. I'm a big fan of The Sopranos and he was really damn good in everything else I'd seen him in.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I had to share this tribute from Holsten's Brookdale Confectionery (where they shot the last episode):

  • Mrs. Julien

    I've sat at that table.

  • DeaconG

    Damn it to hell. Another one gone too soon. RIP.

  • AvaLehra

    That is terrible! TOO SAD. Damn.

  • Fredo


    While Tony Soprano loomed large over his career, I loved that he could go from "In the Loop" to "Zero Dark Thirty" to "Burt Wonderstone" and always look like he belonged. Guy was really talented.

    BTW, my favorite moment of his was when he was cheering Rutgers on a Thursday night college football game. Dude was just a fan that night and loving it.

  • Joseph Finn

    I did love seeing him at Rutgers games, for some reason.

  • Buellie413

    God damn. He was incredible. In the Loop? Blew my socks off.

    RIP Tony.

  • Maguita NYC

    I'm... in shock! RIP Mr. Gandolfini, my deepest condolences to his family.

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