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RIP James Gandolfini

Jun. 19, 2013by: Niki Stephens

I am sad to report that James Gandolfini has passed away at the age of 51.

The actor succumbed to a heart attack while in Italy. Gandolfini is well known for playing the role of Tony Soprano in HBO's popular mob drama, THE SOPRANOS. He's been on screen since the late 80s. One of the first films I ever saw him in was when he played Virgil in TRUE ROMANCE. He and Patricia Arquette has one of the best knock down drag outs I've seen, certainly one of the most memorable. He was most recently seen in ZERO DARK THIRTY and THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE. Gandolfini was also soon to start working on Dennis Lehane's ANIMAL RESCUE which stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

Chris Albrecht who greenlit THE SOPRANOS told Deadline this, Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase. We had all became a family. This is a tremendous loss.

Our prayers are with the Gandolfini family during this difficult time.

Source: Deadline

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8:15PM on 06/19/2013

Horrible,....

Horrible news,... RIP
Horrible news,... RIP
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8:18PM on 06/19/2013
This is truly awful news. He was a legendary actor and will be missed. RIP
This is truly awful news. He was a legendary actor and will be missed. RIP
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8:19PM on 06/19/2013

That is so sad!

RIP James Gandolfini
RIP James Gandolfini
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8:25PM on 06/19/2013
I guess he didn't find the gabagoo.
I guess he didn't find the gabagoo.
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1:07AM on 06/20/2013
Really?
Really?
1:07AM on 06/20/2013
Little too early, don't you think?
Little too early, don't you think?
8:27PM on 06/19/2013
Ugh! Horrible news indeed.. he was one of my favorite actors.
Ugh! Horrible news indeed.. he was one of my favorite actors.
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8:27PM on 06/19/2013
I'm so crushed. The Sopranos is my favorite drama series of all time, and there is no denying James Gandolfini's character and performance broke ground for the future of dramatic TV.

RIP James, and thank you.
I'm so crushed. The Sopranos is my favorite drama series of all time, and there is no denying James Gandolfini's character and performance broke ground for the future of dramatic TV.

RIP James, and thank you.
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8:29PM on 06/19/2013
Terrible news. Rest in peace big guy. Thanks for memories. Say hi to Michael Clarke Duncan for us.
Terrible news. Rest in peace big guy. Thanks for memories. Say hi to Michael Clarke Duncan for us.
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8:39PM on 06/19/2013
Way too soon.
Way too soon.
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8:42PM on 06/19/2013
That is just terrible to hear. He was a great actor and had some memorable roles. RIP
That is just terrible to hear. He was a great actor and had some memorable roles. RIP
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8:48PM on 06/19/2013

wait, what?

:( fuck this.
:( fuck this.
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8:50PM on 06/19/2013

wait, what?

sorry, double post. double sad i guess.
sorry, double post. double sad i guess.
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9:03PM on 06/19/2013
Weird that I had a hankering to watch KILLING THEM SOFTLY tonight. A genius actor and an awesome guy, will be very missed.
Weird that I had a hankering to watch KILLING THEM SOFTLY tonight. A genius actor and an awesome guy, will be very missed.
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9:08PM on 06/19/2013
Very saddening news . A tremendous talent , who will be long remembered and sorely missed .
Very saddening news . A tremendous talent , who will be long remembered and sorely missed .
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9:40PM on 06/19/2013
RIP. He had incredible screen presence and will be missed. I know it's probably not what he'll most be remembered for, but the way he delivered the line in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone about inviting Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber or Mandy Patinkin to perform at his son's birthday party really cracked me up.
RIP. He had incredible screen presence and will be missed. I know it's probably not what he'll most be remembered for, but the way he delivered the line in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone about inviting Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber or Mandy Patinkin to perform at his son's birthday party really cracked me up.
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9:53PM on 06/19/2013

I can't believe it.

Incredibly sad. I was really looking forward to seeing where his post-Sopranos career led him. One of the great TV characters and performances ever.
Incredibly sad. I was really looking forward to seeing where his post-Sopranos career led him. One of the great TV characters and performances ever.
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10:00PM on 06/19/2013

Double Post

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10:03PM on 06/19/2013

:(

Loved him in everything he did. Such a classy actor. He will be missed.
Loved him in everything he did. Such a classy actor. He will be missed.
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10:07PM on 06/19/2013
R.I.P
Thanks for all the hard work and iconic roles, you will be remembered.
R.I.P
Thanks for all the hard work and iconic roles, you will be remembered.
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10:15PM on 06/19/2013

So Very Sad...

God bless you James. A true actor's actor.
God bless you James. A true actor's actor.
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10:35PM on 06/19/2013

RIP

Best wishes to his friends and family. The man had a lot of great performances. To be honest, my favorite was the voice work he did for Where The Wild Things Are.
Best wishes to his friends and family. The man had a lot of great performances. To be honest, my favorite was the voice work he did for Where The Wild Things Are.
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10:37PM on 06/19/2013

I'm sorry James.

Thank you for the best of times. You made a difference in my life. I'm gonna miss ya.
Thank you for the best of times. You made a difference in my life. I'm gonna miss ya.
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10:43PM on 06/19/2013

Well, shit.

He wasn't even that old...
He wasn't even that old...
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10:49PM on 06/19/2013
:(
:(
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10:56PM on 06/19/2013

Sad...

Dame... Actually teared up with this news, sopranos still a favorite of mine.
Dame... Actually teared up with this news, sopranos still a favorite of mine.
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10:59PM on 06/19/2013
This is sad news indeed, like a sudden shock. Aside from The Sopranos, you guys need to check him out in The Last Castle with Robert Redford. It's Mr. Gandolfini's best role, in my opinion. You will be missed, sir.
This is sad news indeed, like a sudden shock. Aside from The Sopranos, you guys need to check him out in The Last Castle with Robert Redford. It's Mr. Gandolfini's best role, in my opinion. You will be missed, sir.
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11:25PM on 06/19/2013
Let's hope he comes back as James Gandolfini The White.
Let's hope he comes back as James Gandolfini The White.
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11:43PM on 06/19/2013
This truly broke my heart. I really don't have words for this. Tony Soprano is my favorite TV character of all time, but more then that I have always heard nothing, but fantastic things about Gandolfini as a person. I have known 2 co-workers over the years who have met him personally and said he was the most down to earth and genuinely real guys they ever met. I always wanted to meet him myself as I loved him as an actor. Its a shame I will never get the chance. My dearest sympathies go out to
This truly broke my heart. I really don't have words for this. Tony Soprano is my favorite TV character of all time, but more then that I have always heard nothing, but fantastic things about Gandolfini as a person. I have known 2 co-workers over the years who have met him personally and said he was the most down to earth and genuinely real guys they ever met. I always wanted to meet him myself as I loved him as an actor. Its a shame I will never get the chance. My dearest sympathies go out to his family. 51 is way too young.
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11:44PM on 06/19/2013
This truly broke my heart. I really don't have words for this. Tony Soprano is my favorite TV character of all time, but more then that I have always heard nothing, but fantastic things about Gandolfini as a person. I have known 2 co-workers over the years who have met him personally and said he was the most down to earth and genuinely real guys they ever met. I always wanted to meet him myself as I loved him as an actor. Its a shame I will never get the chance. My dearest sympathies go out to
This truly broke my heart. I really don't have words for this. Tony Soprano is my favorite TV character of all time, but more then that I have always heard nothing, but fantastic things about Gandolfini as a person. I have known 2 co-workers over the years who have met him personally and said he was the most down to earth and genuinely real guys they ever met. I always wanted to meet him myself as I loved him as an actor. Its a shame I will never get the chance. My dearest sympathies go out to his family. 51 is way too young.
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11:48PM on 06/19/2013
Fuck. This one really hurts.
Fuck. This one really hurts.
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12:02AM on 06/20/2013
Yeah, this is just kinda depressing. I never watched The Sopranos, but he was often one of my favorite parts of the movies I saw him in (and in the case of The Taking of Pelham, the only good part of it).

One of those actors you become so accustomed to you can't think they aren't going to be doing any new work, ever, absolutely.
Yeah, this is just kinda depressing. I never watched The Sopranos, but he was often one of my favorite parts of the movies I saw him in (and in the case of The Taking of Pelham, the only good part of it).

One of those actors you become so accustomed to you can't think they aren't going to be doing any new work, ever, absolutely.
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12:02AM on 06/20/2013

Way too soon

...This came out of nowhere. Eerily, I was watching a few scenes from True Romance last night, which makes this a bit more of a shock. Damn shame; a gifted actor with a hell of a legacy. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
...This came out of nowhere. Eerily, I was watching a few scenes from True Romance last night, which makes this a bit more of a shock. Damn shame; a gifted actor with a hell of a legacy. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
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12:10AM on 06/20/2013

You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?

Just incredibly sad. You look at the picture above and you just see it in those soulful eyes, in that face; that talent. This really is a punch to the stomach as a fan of his work. Every day, HBO reruns The Sopranos, and I've gone through the entire series twice so far, missing an occasional episode, but I keep checking in because of his performance. This sadness will be enduring, but I'll never forget and will continue to be, completely enthralled by his performances.
Just incredibly sad. You look at the picture above and you just see it in those soulful eyes, in that face; that talent. This really is a punch to the stomach as a fan of his work. Every day, HBO reruns The Sopranos, and I've gone through the entire series twice so far, missing an occasional episode, but I keep checking in because of his performance. This sadness will be enduring, but I'll never forget and will continue to be, completely enthralled by his performances.
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12:42PM on 06/20/2013
That's how I feel, like a punch in the stomach. Damn shame.
That's how I feel, like a punch in the stomach. Damn shame.
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12:26AM on 06/20/2013

Terrible news.

What a shame. The guy never turned in a bad performance and was a class act to other actors. RIP.
What a shame. The guy never turned in a bad performance and was a class act to other actors. RIP.
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12:59AM on 06/20/2013

I can't believe it...

It truly crushes your soul to see some of your idols go. Gandolfini was an extraordinary actor. His style was immeasurable, and made anything he was in watchable. For me personally, I was extremely crushed last year when Tony Scott passed, and I loved how Scott cast Gandolfini in these little but titular roles in a handful of his movies, just absolutely loved it. The Sopranos...need I say more? Extremely heartbreaking, and knowing that he had a newborn daughter and a teenage son, crushes me
It truly crushes your soul to see some of your idols go. Gandolfini was an extraordinary actor. His style was immeasurable, and made anything he was in watchable. For me personally, I was extremely crushed last year when Tony Scott passed, and I loved how Scott cast Gandolfini in these little but titular roles in a handful of his movies, just absolutely loved it. The Sopranos...need I say more? Extremely heartbreaking, and knowing that he had a newborn daughter and a teenage son, crushes me even more. Rest in Peace sir, wherever you are, I hope you're enjoying a few brews with Brando and Anthony Quinn.
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1:39AM on 06/20/2013

sad face

i hated 'the mexican' but he was the best thing about it. the fact he was able to make a movie like 'the mexican' watchable just shows how great he was. pisses me off. only 51? im 33 and had a heart attack at 32 but 51? really...no! OJ is still alive and Tony is gone? ugh!
i hated 'the mexican' but he was the best thing about it. the fact he was able to make a movie like 'the mexican' watchable just shows how great he was. pisses me off. only 51? im 33 and had a heart attack at 32 but 51? really...no! OJ is still alive and Tony is gone? ugh!
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3:45AM on 06/20/2013
Damn! I really liked him as an actor. :(
Damn! I really liked him as an actor. :(
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3:53AM on 06/20/2013

damn

51 is no age to check out.
51 is no age to check out.
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7:55AM on 06/20/2013

sad news

RIP
RIP
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11:01AM on 06/20/2013
Such a terrible loss. He will be missed.
Such a terrible loss. He will be missed.
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11:02AM on 06/20/2013

Way too young

What a shame. I absolutely love him in [insert anything I've ever seen him in].

He gave while the giving was good, and for that we thank him.
What a shame. I absolutely love him in [insert anything I've ever seen him in].

He gave while the giving was good, and for that we thank him.
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11:27AM on 06/20/2013

Still can't believe it...

...I've been re-watching The Sopranos on HBO lately and it was so awesome when he appeared out of nowhere in Zero Dark Thirty. This really sucks.
...I've been re-watching The Sopranos on HBO lately and it was so awesome when he appeared out of nowhere in Zero Dark Thirty. This really sucks.
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12:22PM on 06/20/2013

this could'nt be a worse idea...

fuck man... so much for real acting...
fuck man... so much for real acting...
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12:31PM on 06/20/2013

"Now I do it just to watch the fuckin expression change" - True Romance

You will be greatly missed, James!!
You will be greatly missed, James!!
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12:37PM on 06/20/2013
He was so fucking good. Surprised me just as much when I learned of Heath Ledger's passing. Another great talent gone too soon.
He was so fucking good. Surprised me just as much when I learned of Heath Ledger's passing. Another great talent gone too soon.
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12:50PM on 06/20/2013

You will be missed big guy!

He was more than just Tony Soprano. I remember seeing "Zero Dark Thirty" and he was the best surprise in the film. Everyone whispered, "It's James Gandolfini". He was always a surprise to watch. Speaking of surprises, he was also the best gay hitman ever ("The Mexican"). Thank you James, you will be missed.
He was more than just Tony Soprano. I remember seeing "Zero Dark Thirty" and he was the best surprise in the film. Everyone whispered, "It's James Gandolfini". He was always a surprise to watch. Speaking of surprises, he was also the best gay hitman ever ("The Mexican"). Thank you James, you will be missed.
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1:52PM on 06/20/2013
One of NJ's finest
One of NJ's finest
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12:39PM on 06/21/2013
I never watched the Soprano's. As the matter of fact I think I only ever saw him in two films. That was enough to know how exceptionally good an actor he was and what truly sad news this is. I swear he was just on Sesame Street and It was freaking hilarious. The man was a true talent.
I never watched the Soprano's. As the matter of fact I think I only ever saw him in two films. That was enough to know how exceptionally good an actor he was and what truly sad news this is. I swear he was just on Sesame Street and It was freaking hilarious. The man was a true talent.
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