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Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:00AM
James Gandolfini's sudden death of an apparent heart attack at age 51 has stunned the actor's costars and fans, who were quick to pay tribute to the late Emmy winner known best as Tony Soprano.
"Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world," Gandolfini's Sopranos costar Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti, said in a statement to PEOPLE. "Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy."
"Fughedabout losing one of the best actors of our time – we lost so much more," Drea de Matteo, who played Adriana La Cerva, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "Anyone from the Soprano family will tell you he was one of the most generous, real and humble human beings ever, with a presence that could shatter planets when he walked into a room. A king through [and] through. So very sorry for his family."
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:20AM
Tony and Carmela Soprano had one of the most turbulent relationships in the history of television, but a day after James Gandolfini's shocking death in Italy, TV wife Edie Falco offers an emotional tribute to the man who was her intimate collaborator for a decade.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," Falco says in a statement. "He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague."
The Sopranos racked up Emmy awards for its fictional portrayal of the dysfunctional New Jersey crime family, with Gandolfini and Falco at its emotional core.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 09:40AM
In a nutshell: James Gandolfini gave one of the greatest performances in one of the greatest roles in one of the greatest series at the dawn of what is now regarded as television's new golden age.
In fact, you could probably remove those qualifying “one of"s and still find heads nodding in agreement among critics, viewers and whatever poor thugs are left hanging around the Bada Bing club, nursing their beers and watching the dancers.
Gandolfini, who died at age 51 in Rome on Wednesday, was known throughout the world for his six seasons on The Sopranos (1999-2007), the classic HBO drama about a mob boss living in suburban New Jersey with his wife, two kids and some occasional, possibly symbolic ducks in the backyard.
Mobster and "waste management" executive Tony Soprano, as brilliantly conceived by series creator David Chase, was perhaps meant to put the kibosh on the romanticized Corleones of The Godfather, ruthless killers who nonetheless had the smooth beauty of movie stars, eyes full of regret and an air of tragic inevitability.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 08:50AM
As tributes continue to pour in for James Gandolfini, the Sopranos star who died in Rome Wednesday night, details are also emerging about his final moments.
The actor's son Michael, 13, reportedly found his father alive but in distress in the bathroom of their Rome hotel room after the actor suffered an apparent heart attack.
NBC News reports that the teen called for help as his father lay alive but stricken in his room at the Hotel Boscolo around 10 p.m., Antonio D'amore, the hotel's manager, said.
Hotel employees attempted to resuscitate Gandolfini, 51, as they waited for emergency crews to arrive. The actor was still alive when his ambulance arrived at the hospital, but was later pronounced dead at Policlinico Umberto I hospital, located about three minutes away from the hotel, NBC said.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 07:45AM
Wednesday's shocking death of James Gandolfini not only leaves behind legions of bereft fans, but two major projects at HBO and another at CBS, all of whose immediate futures are now up in the air.
Those were in addition to his recently completed role in the theatrical film due for release next year, Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a recently divorced woman and Catherine Keener as her friend and ex-wife of Gandolfini. Louis-Dreyfus falls in love with him, says the Hollywood Reporter.
According to Deadline.com, Gandolfini's HBO-based Attaboy Prods. had the actor-producer set to costar with Steve Carell in Bone Wars, about a pair of real-life paleontologists after the Civil War who discovered the fossils of more than 160 dinosaurs.
Originally posted 06/19/2013 10:00PM
It's a word kicked around a lot in Hollywood, but those who worked with James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51, say The Sopranos star truly was an acting genius.
"He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," remembered the show's creator, David Chase. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone."
And like all great artists, Chase acknowledged, "He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Originally posted 06/19/2013 07:40PM
James Gandolfini, the three-time Emmy-winning actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, died on Wednesday in Italy at age 51.
The actor suffered a possible heart attack while traveling in Rome, a rep for HBO says. Gandolfini had been scheduled to take part in the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily.
"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," HBO says in a statement. "He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect."
Originally posted 08/31/2008 01:25AM
James Gandolfini and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, a wedding guest confirms to PEOPLE.
"There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks" as The Sopranos star and Lin officially became husband and wife, the guest tells PEOPLE. "They looked great."
Originally posted 01/10/2008 01:30PM
James Gandolfini and his girlfriend, Deborah Lin, are engaged, PEOPLE has confirmed.
"Reps are happy to announce that he and his girlfriend Deborah Lin recently got engaged during the holidays," a statement released by HBO said Thursday.
According to a source on perezhilton.com – where the news was first announced – the Sopranos star "popped the question while in the Bahamas ... They're thrilled."
Gandolfini, 46, who divorced wife Marcella in 2002 after nearly four years of marriage, became briefly engaged to Lora Somoza in 2004. That relationship ended in February 2005.
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