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James Gandolfini – Farewell To A Friend

James Gandolfini, Rest Peacefully
James Gandolfini, Rest Peacefully

The character of Tony Soprano was like an extra member of the family for the better part of a decade. And, by extension, so was James Gandolfini. For the most part, all of what we knew of him, we knew solely through his portrayal of the mob boss. The one main aspect that the two men shared in actuality? The fact that they were both such fiercely devoted family men. It was a trait that shone through Tony by the grace and talent of James, endearing both to the hearts of millions. Despite quality acting roles before and since, that is how we shall remember him.

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Last week, we lost James. Earlier this week, we laid him to rest , a piece of ourselves with him. The character of Tony Soprano will live forever but James Gandolfini was, sadly, meant to be ours for much too short a time. He was the quintessential “gentle giant”, dedicated to the separation of his private and public life, yet willing to go above and beyond for those he loved. This was evident by the droves that presented themselves for his funeral. Not only to his fans, but a large amount of the actors/directors that his spirit touched. As his on-screen wife, Edie Falco so sweetly said, “the love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known”.

It is…exceedingly hard to write about those closest to him who now “survive” him: his wife and two young children. That’s when it really hits you that 51 years old was not a full life lived. But James, being James, managed to pack it full of experiences and love that a lot of us can only aspire to.

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So, thank you, James Gandolfini. Thank you for your talent, the heart that you put into every performance, and being a light wherever you went. You will certainly be missed.

 

‘The Sopranos’ Star, James Gandolfini Dead At 51

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James Gandolfini, dead at age 51

 

Nooooo! I just can’t take this sad news.

James Gandolfini, everyone’s favorite TV mob boss, Tony Soprano has died at the age of 51.

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via Variety.com

Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time.  The “Sopranos” actor appeared recently in “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” He had been working on Fox Searchlight’s “Animal Rescue,” now in post-production, HBO show “Criminal Justice” as well as CBS show “Taxi 22.”

Gandolfini had six Emmy lead drama actor nominations as well as a Golden Globe for his work in the “Sopranos,” which ended in 2007. Among his film roles were “Mr. Wonderful,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” and “True Romance.”

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son and a baby daughter.

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I loved this guy.

True Romance – You Got A Lot Of Heart, Kid (HD) from K7vn on Vimeo.

If you haven’t seen him in the classic film True Romance, put it in your queue now.