Skip to comments.James Gandolfini dead at 51
Posted on 06/19/2013 4:50:00 PM PDT by GefnEdited on 06/19/2013 4:54:18 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in The Sopranos has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News.
I JUST POSTED THIS..WHY DID MY THREAD GET PULLED?
I don’t know I would not have posted if I saw your thread.
Too bad. He was in town a couple months ago and billeted across the street in the home contracted by Paramount for VIP visitors. I spoke with him twice and he seemed like a likable enough fellow. - RIP
Overuse of capital letters.
No source link and no content.
When I went to post it no one else had posted it, in the time it took me to post this, someone else posted a similar thread.
I apologize if I made a duplicate thread. Just this jersey girl loved this show.
Your thread was done so much better than my rushed job.ha.
Suspicious, even to someone like yours truly who doesn’t watch the idiot box.
RIP Sir. He made Tony Soprano so real you still feel like you might bump into him in the parking lot of Home Depot in Jersey. The best character on one of the best dramatic TV shows ever. Of course, that also made him one of the most typecast actors. You couldn’t watch him in any other movie without thinking of Tony.
Nobody 51 years old has any business dying...New Jersey native, too. Damn!
Wow, 51! Sheesh.
Like the song says, “And all your money won’t another minute buy...”
I never met him but I know a few of the Bada Bing girls shop at my local supermarket, and I know some of the places they filmed,
Apparently, living off of almost nothing but pasta and wine is not good for you.
The guy was bigger than Christie. I'm surprised he made it to this age.
Shame, he was good.
I met him here in L.A. when I was invited for the after party for Season 7. The friendliest dudes were Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) and Gandolfini.
He visited Iraq many years ago for the USO with Sirico and Gandolfini still added the USO and pro-military charities to his own personal charities.
R.I.P. James-—the only mafia character on TV and no one can come close to Tony Soprano.
Does end the speculation of a big screen version of “The Sopranos.” It was pretty much not going to happen but now it sure not to be made.
To bad it wasn’t Hillary or Harry Reid. Why does this happen to good people and not to evil?
Anyway, watching FOX and while talking about "The Sopranos" Shep comes out with this gem;
"...and the music...coming over the bridge into New Jersey..."
In addition to the his fantastic acting as Tony Soprano, he also did a one-on-one interview series with returning Iraq War veterans who had suffered catastophic injuries.
It was riviting and heartbreaking. It even made Gandolfini cry hearing their stories.
Well, that makes three for today.....
Ummm. Did you see the size of him?
So sorry for him, family and friends. He wasn’t exactly a cardiovascular fit guy in body type. God bless you all-— please stay healthy in this temporary life and don’t die without Jesus.
I watched him in Zero Dark Thirty without thinking of Tony Soprano because I never watched The Sopranos. In fact I wondered why people were laughing when he appeared as Leon Panetta.
Dang 51 is way too young. RIP and prayers up for da famlee.
He really was typecast.
A real shock..damn good actor too..RIP
Just saw him on DVD Brett Silverstone flick with Steve Carroll and Steve Buscemi, he didn’t look healthy in my opinion.
Shep Smith of Fox News is devastated.
so i guess that means he passed away in italy, new jersey.
Christopher Moltisanti responds to Tony’s criticism of his drug use in this brilliant scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_peSCECc4I
“The way you eat, you’re gonna have a heart attack by the time you’re 50!”
We’ll almost . . . I loved that show, and a great actor! R.I.P!
R.I.P Lt. Dougherty
It takes a lot to make a murdering psychopath a sympathetic character.
Somehow Gandolfini did.
RIP my friend.
There's some of Carmella's ricotta pie waiting for you in heaven.
Man what a brutal scene that was...
Well he was in his 50’s and when you get to that decade your body begins to break down.
Your opinion and your opinion only.
"I'm a neurotic mess. I'm really basically just like a 260-pound Woody Allen".
I'm an actor... I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don't ask a truck driver about his job.
I was voted best-looking kid in high school but, as you can see, things changed. I used to say I was a 260-pound Woody Allen. You can make that 295-pound now.
[on why he rarely does interviews:] I just don't think I'm that interesting. I don't think what I have to say is that interesting. To hear me go, 'Blah, blah, blah, blah'...
[on his reaction to "The Sopranos" pilot script:] I thought, I've never been the lead before. They're gonna hire somebody else. But I knew I could do it. I have small amounts of Mr. Soprano in me. I was 35, a lunatic, a madman.
[about ending "The Sopranos"] It's been a great opportunity, but I don't have much trepidation about it ending. I think it's more than time. Part of the fun of acting is the research, finding out about other people. As much as I've explored this guy, I don't know what else to really do with him. I've been in one place for 10 years. That's enough. It's time for me to do other things.
Alan Alda was with "M*A*S*H" (1972) so long, and now you see him, that's not there that much anymore. In my mind, you work hard, you'll be fine. Everybody's got their baggage.
Like I always say, I'm standing on my parents' shoulders; they allowed me to do this silly job.
I love hearing people laugh. Especially in New York, and especially now. To hear somebody out there just belly-laughing.
[About Tony Sporano, his character on "The Sopranos" (1999)]: I never think about him, ever.
I watch stupid comedies. Role Models (2008). I love them. The Rocker (2008). I love that. I like idiotic comedies.
[on the final episode of "The Sopranos" (1999)] When I first saw the ending, I said, "What the fuck?" I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it's over like that? But after I had a day to sleep, I just sat there and said, "That's perfect."
[on his "The Sopranos" (1999) co-star, Edie Falco] I'm still in love with Edie. And, of course, I love my wife, but I'm in love with Edie. I don't know if I'm in love with Carmela or Edie or both. I'm in love with her.
I'm much more comfortable doing smaller things. I like them. I like the way they're shot; they're shot quickly.
[on acting] It is an odd way to make a living. Putting someone else's pants on and pretending to be someone else is occasionally, as you grow older, horrifying.
I dabbled a little bit in acting in high school and then I forgot about it completely. And then at about twenty-five I went to a class. I don't think anybody in my family thought it was an intelligent choice. I don't think anybody thought I'd succeed, which is understandable. I think they were just happy that I was doing something.
[on the 'Sopranos' project] I read it. I liked it. I thought it was good. But I thought they would have to hire some good-looking guy, not George Clooney but some Italian George Clooney, and that would be that. But they called me and they said can I meet David [Chase] for breakfast at nine a.m. At the time I was younger and I stayed out late a lot, and I was like, 'Oh, for f***'s sake. This guy wants to eat breakfast? This guy's going to be a pain in the ass.
I think you cared about Tony because David was smart enough th write the Greek chorus through Dr. Melfi. So you sat there and you got to see his motives, what he was thinking, what he was trying to do, what he was trying to fix, what he was trying to become. And then you saw it didn't really work out the way he wanted it to. If you took the Melfi scenes away, you wouldn't care about this man as much, or care about anything that was happening to him.
We'd get accused, back then, of glamorizing mobsters, but we were all half miserable you know. I don't think the violence looks appealing at all. Everybody paid for it in a lot of ways. I heard sometimes that we were making cute, cuddly mobsters, but i know for a fact that David wrote an incredibly violent episode - the one where there's a stripper that Ralph Cifaretto beats to death - and I think that was written as a reaction to that. It's a very violent world and, you know, there's consequences. I think we showed it, and I think we showed the toll it takes on people.
[on David Chase and the challenges of 'The Sopranos'] By the end, I had a lot of anger over things and I think it was just from being tired, and what in God's name would I have to be angry about? The man gave me such a gift in terms of life experience, in terms of acting experience, in terms of money too. At the beginning, David came to the set a lot, but once it got bigger and it became this thing, you know, he was a little more standoffish. He was harder to talk to. I understand that. The pressure that he had to continue to create, to continue to do great work, was hard. Everybody starts to want something, everybody starts to call, and this one needs this, and can we talk about that? And then there's money, and so you have to pull back and try to protect yourself in a way. I had to learn it and I wasn't very good at it. But then it starts to take its toll. The first couple of years it was easier. It wasn't such a huge deal. I've said this to him, but maybe not so clearly. I got it. He had to be a little bit of the Great and Powerful Oz. There was no choice.
I would not be surprise if my friend and local conservative talkradio show host Jim Vicevich plays “ The Sopranos” theme song because he would call his fellow patriots “his little mobsters” going back to when the tea party movement first got started and one of the Dems called the tea party folks “a mob”.
Well when you reach your 40’s and 50’s the body often goes into the “brake down lane”.
Shame. Great actor on one of the best shows ever. RIP.