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James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. (New Jersey, September 18, 1961 Rome, June 19, 2013) was an American actor and producer best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos.

Gandolfini was born as the as the youngest child of Santa (née Penna) and James Joseph Gandolfini Sr. in Westwood, New Jersey. He was married twice, to Marcy Wudarski and then to Deborah Lin and he had two children, including actor Michael Gandolfini.

Gandolfini sadly died suddenly in 2013 from a heart attack while on vacation in Rome.

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Tropes associated with James Gandolfini include:

  • Affectionate Nickname: He was known as "Jim" or "Jimmy" to his co-stars and friends.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: He had no interest at all in and was rather uncomfortable with fame and lived a very private life when not working, almost never doing interviews.
  • Cunning Linguist: His parents spoke Italian at home and he became naturally fluent in the language.
  • Joisey: He was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey.
  • Nice Guy: By all accounts, Gandolfini was a friendly, generous, and humble man who his colleagues and friends continue to stress was Tony Soprano's polar opposite.
  • Playing Against Type: Quite a few of his post-Sopranos roles made a point of casting him as shy, sweet-natured and overall much more likable characters than Tony. Said roles were said to have been far closer to his real-life personality.
  • Production Posse: He was one of Tony Scott's go to actors, appearing in four of his films.
  • Reclusive Artist: He was known as a very private man who was uncomfortable being a celebrity and hated doing interviews, avoiding them as much as he could (his only interview related to The Sopranos being on 60 Minutes in 2005) and generally living a very private life when not acting.
  • Shrinking Violet: In sharp contrast to Tony, Gandolfini was known in real life as a very shy and soft-spoken man who was uncomfortable being a celebrity and once jokingly described himself as a "260-pound Woody Allen".


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The Sopranos

Livia Soprano gets one last scene after Nancy Marchand's death.

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