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James Joseph Gandolfini Jr., commonly known as James Gandolfini, was a famous American film and television producer, as well as an actor. To the audience, James Gandolfini is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in the crime drama series called “The Sopranos”. Considered to be one of the greatest shows of all time, “The Sopranos” became a popular cultural icon, and is credited with helping shape the television industry in general, and allowing the television series to be thought of as an art form especially as “The Sopranos” is thought to have inspired the release of such series as “Rescue Me” with Denis Leary, John Scurti and Mike Lombardi, “Six Feet Under” created by Alan Ball, and “The Shield” starring Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close.

James Gandolfini Net Worth $70 Million

“The Sopranos” debuted on television screens in 1999 with a cast of Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli in the main roles. Over the years, the show inspired much controversy and praise, and influenced the release of “The Sopranos: Road to Respect” video game, several books, popular soundtrack albums, and a lot of other merchandise. “The Sopranos” was well-received by both the critics, who claimed it to be the most groundbreaking television show, and the audience, as the average of viewership rose from 3.4 million during the first season to 8.2 million in its last season. Throughout its six season run, “The Sopranos” managed to win 60 awards, among them being Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Meanwhile, James Gandolfini secured himself a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, in addition to other accolades. A famous actor, how rich is James Gandolfini? According to sources, in 2001, Gandolfini added a sum of $5 million to his wealth from appearing on Rod Lurie’s drama called “The Last Castle”. In regards to James Gandolfini’s net worth, it is estimated to be $70 million.

James Gandolfini was born in 1961, in Westwood, New Jersey, but spent his childhood in Park Ridge, where he attended Park Ridge High School. Gandolfini later enrolled in Rutgers University from which he graduated with a degree in communication studies. One of Gandolfini’s first movie roles was in “True Romance”, a romantic thriller where he played the character of Virgil. He then starred in such films as “Terminal Velocity” with Charlie Sheen, “Get Shorty” with John Travolta and Danny DeVito, and “She’s so Lovely” starring Sean Penn to name a few. Shortly afterwards, he landed the role of Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos”, which brought him the most mainstream success and critical acclaim. After “The Sopranos”, Gandolfini made appearances in “Hemingway & Gellhorn” with Nicole Kidman, “Nicky Deuce” directed by Jonathan A. Rosenbaum and “Enough Said”, for which he was nominated for several Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Unfortunately, James Gandolfini’s life was cut short in 2013, when he passed away from a heart attack in Rome, Italy. A famous and beloved actor, James Gandolfini has an estimated net worth of $70 million.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of2016TV Mini-SeriesJack Stone
The Drop2014Cousin Marv
Enough Said2013Albert
Nicky Deuce2013TV MovieBobby Eggs
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone2013Doug Munny
Zero Dark Thirty2012C.I.A. Director
Not Fade Away2012Pat
Killing Them Softly2012Mickey
Violet & Daisy2011The Guy
Cinema Verite2011TV MovieCraig Gilbert
Down the Shore2011Bailey
Mint Julep2010Mr. G
Welcome to the Rileys2010Doug Riley
Where the Wild Things Are2009Carol (voice)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 32009Mayor
In the Loop2009Lt. Gen. George Miller
Stories USA2007The Man (segment "Club Soda")
The Sopranos1999-2007TV SeriesTony Soprano
The Sopranos: Road to Respect2006Video GameTony Soprano (voice)
Club Soda2006ShortThe Man
All the King's Men2006Tiny Duffy
Lonely Hearts2006Det. Charles Hilderbrandt
Romance & Cigarettes2005Nick Murder
Surviving Christmas2004Tom Valco
The Last Castle2001Col. Winter
The Man Who Wasn't There2001Big Dave Brewster
The Mexican2001Winston Baldry
A Whole New Day1999ShortVincent
8MM1999Eddie Poole
A Civil Action1998Al Love
The Mighty1998Kenny Kane
Fallen1998Lou
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil1997Diner Cook #2 (uncredited)
Perdita Durango1997Dumas
12 Angry Men1997TV MovieJuror #6
She's So Lovely1997Kiefer
Gun1997TV SeriesWalter Difideli
Night Falls on Manhattan1996Joey Allegretto
The Juror1996Eddie
Get Shorty1995Bear
Crimson Tide1995Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Le nouveau monde1995Will Caberra
Terminal Velocity1994Ben Pinkwater
Angie1994Vinnie
Italian Movie1993Angelo
Mr. Wonderful1993Mike
True Romance1993Virgil
Money for Nothing1993Billy Coyle
A Stranger Among Us1992Tony Baldessari
The Last Boy Scout1991Marcones Henchman (uncredited)
Shock! Shock! Shock!1987Orderly (as Jim Gandolfini)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of2016TV Mini-Series executive producer - 9 episodes
Hemingway & Gellhorn2012TV Movie executive producer
Wartorn: 1861-20102010TV Movie documentary executive producer
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq2007TV Movie documentary executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sopranos1999-2007TV Series performer - 9 episodes
Romance & Cigarettes2005performer: "A Man without Love", "Prisoner of Love", "Red Headed Woman", "The Girl That I Marry"
Surviving Christmas2004performer: "O Christmas Tree"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of2016TV Mini-Series in loving memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013-2014TV Series in memory of - 2 episodes
Her2013dedicatee
Enough Said2013dedicatee - as Jim
The Cinema Snob2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
King Cake: A Big Easy Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (credit only)
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me2013DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Killing Them Softly'2013Video documentary shortHimself
Guys Choice2010TV MovieHimself
The Cove: My Friend is...2010ShortHimself
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak2009TV Short documentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Charlie Rose2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of 'Lonely Hearts'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Guys Choice2007TV MovieHimself - Kingpin Award Winner
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
HBO: The Making of 'The Sopranos: Road to Respect'2006TV MovieHimself / Tony Soprano
20/202006TV Series documentaryHimself
Film '722006TV SeriesHimself
Corazón de...2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Moving Image Salutes John Travolta2004TV MovieHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Surviving Christmas: Unwrapping the Comedy2004TV ShortHimself
Saturday Night Live2004TV SeriesHimself / Unidentified New Jersey Resident
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HBO First Look2001-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Rank2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Making 'The Man Who Wasn't There'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Sesame Street2002TV SeriesHimself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series Drama
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music2001TV Special documentaryHimself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Actor in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Sopranos: Family Business2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman2015TV SeriesTony Soprano
TV's Nastiest Villains2014TV Movie documentaryTony Soprano
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / In Memoriam
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee / In Memoriam
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam Tribute
Democracy Now!2013TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2013TV Series
America's Book of Secrets2013TV SeriesTony Soprano
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008TV SeriesHimself
Just In with Laura Ingraham2008TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself / Patriot (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
El último golpe de Tony Soprano2008TV Movie documentaryHimself / Tony Soprano
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
De 'Los Serrano' a 'Cuenta atrás'2007TV MovieTony Soprano
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste2007TV SeriesHimself
Making 'Cleaver'2007TV Short documentaryTony Soprano
Stories of Lost Souls2005Vincent (segment "A Whole New Day")
Sex and the City: A Farewell2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brilliant But Cancelled2002TV Movie documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryEnough Said (2013)· Julia Louis-Dreyfus
2013BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2013Tribute AwardGotham AwardsPosthumously. Wife, Deborah Lin, and son, Michael, accepted the award.
2011Prism AwardPrism AwardsDocumentary Program - Mental HealthWartorn: 1861-2010 (2010)· Jon Alpert (Producer)
· Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Producer)
· Sheila Nevins (Executive Producer)
· Matthew O'Neill (Producer)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Greg Antonacci
· Lorraine Bracco
· Edie Falco
· Dan Grimaldi
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Arthur J. Nascarella
· Steve Schirripa
· Matt Servitto
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· Frank Vincent
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAActor of the Year - Male - TV SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002Screen Idol AwardL.A. OutfestBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Mexican (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Golden FIPABiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingTV Series and Serials: ActorThe Sopranos (1999)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Dominic Chianese
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Nancy Marchand
· Vincent Pastore
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Steven Van Zandt
2000TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Cable SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor in a ComedyEnough Said (2013)
2014Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleEnough Said (2013)
2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsSupporting Actor of the YearEnough Said (2013)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleEnough Said (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Supporting PerformanceEnough Said (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleEnough Said (2013)
2013SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)
2013WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorEnough Said (2013)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Miniseries or MovieHemingway & Gellhorn (2012)· Peter Kaufman (executive producer)
· Trish Hofmann (executive producer)
· Alexandra E. Ryan (executive producer)
· Barbara Turner (executive producer)
· Nancy Sanders (co-executive producer)
· Mark Armstrong (co-executive producer)
2012VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorKilling Them Softly (2012)
2011Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActorCinema Verite (2011)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Nonfiction SpecialAlive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (2007)· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Alexandra E. Ryan (co-executive producer)
· Sara Bernstein (supervising producer)
· Ellen Goosenberg Kent (produced by)
· Jon Alpert (produced by)
· Matthew O'Neill (produced by)
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorThe Sopranos (1999)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsPerformer of the Year
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Sharon Angela
· Lorraine Bracco
· Max Casella
· Dominic Chianese
· Edie Falco
· Joseph R. Gannascoli
· Dan Grimaldi
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Maureen Van Zandt
· Steven Van Zandt
· Frank Vincent
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2006TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Steve Buscemi
· Dominic Chianese
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorThe Sopranos (1999)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2004TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Dominic Chianese
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2003TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Dominic Chianese
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Dominic Chianese
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Nancy Marchand
· Vincent Pastore
· David Proval
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastGet Shorty (1995)· Danny DeVito
· Dennis Farina
· Gene Hackman
· Delroy Lindo
· David Paymer
· Rene Russo
· John Travolta

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Male Images in a MovieEnough Said (2013)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorEnough Said (2013)

TitleSalary
The Last Castle (2001)$5,000,000
The Sopranos (1999)$13,000,000 (Season 5)

#Fact
1Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden and he were awarded the 2012 Back Stage Garland Award for Ensemble for "God of Carnage" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2Very Press shy, he was known for often declining interviews. He believed that there were more interesting celebrities to interview.
3James Gandolfini passed away on June 19, 2013, three months away from what would have been his 52nd birthday on September 18.
4Has co-starred with Gene Hackman in three films: Crimson Tide (1995), Get Shorty (1995) and The Mexican (2001).
5Has co-starred with Brad Pitt in three films: True Romance (1993), The Mexican (2001) and Killing Them Softly (2012).
6He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and the Entertainment category.
7Despite having gained fame for playing brutal and violent characters, his friends and co-stars have said that he was the complete opposite in real life, being very thoughtful, soft spoken and all around nice person.
8Was introduced to acting by his friend Roger Bart after accompanying him to a class.
9Was very uncomfortable performing violent scenes on The Sopranos (1999) and would sometimes stop during the middle of shooting a scene when he was unable to continue.
10Did not start acting until he was in his mid 20s.
11Had an estate worth $70 million at the time of his death.
12Was on vacation with his son at the time of his passing. He and his son were celebrating his son's graduation from junior high school.
13On an episode of Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he mentioned banging his head against a wall, getting very little sleep, and putting a pointy rock in his shoe as techniques to get really angry while shooting The Sopranos (1999).
14He first became interested in acting after attending an acting class with a friend, and subsequently studied the Meisner technique under Kathryn Gately for two years.
15Was good friends with John Travolta. John's father sold tires to his father.
16Often worked with Tony Scott.
17Was close friends with Karen Duffy since childhood.
18Has two children: a son named Michael (born 2000) with his first wife, Marcy Gandolfini (nee Wudarski), and a daughter named Liliana (born October 2012) with his second wife, Deborah Lin.
19Has appeared in four films directed by Tony Scott: Crimson Tide (1995), The Last Boy Scout (1991), True Romance (1993) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009).
20Has co-starred with Denzel Washington in three movies: Crimson Tide (1995), Fallen (1998) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009).
21On June 19, 2013, he suffered a fatal heart attack in his ancestral nation of Italy. He was 51 years old at the time of his heart attack.
22Was considered for the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994), which went to John Travolta.
23Known to be a shy man, uncomfortable being a celebrity.
24Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actor in a Play for "God of Carnage".
25Became close friends with his The Sopranos (1999) co-star, Lorraine Bracco, during the filming of the HBO series. During her close-ups, during their scenes, he would "moon" her to try and put her off. This was confirmed during James' interview on Inside the Actors Studio (1994).
26Has played Aida Turturro's father in Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and her brother in The Sopranos (1999).
27Was considered for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four (2005), which went to Michael Chiklis.
28Was in attendance at Chris Penn's funeral
29Had often said Robert De Niro played a considerable role in his decision to become an actor, since Gandolfini had grown up watching Mean Streets (1973) over and over again. Fittingly, in et. 2013, HBO announced that De Niro had been chosen to replace Gandolfini in the television lawyer's role he had signed to play--the lead of the drama miniseries The Night Of (2016). It's slated for production in time to premiere in summer 2014.
30Became engaged to Lora Somoza in January 2004. Broke up, amicably, in February 2005.
31Italian-American
32In Crimson Tide (1995) he played an officer on the U.S.S. Alabama. In True Romance (1993), he beats up a woman named Alabama, played by Patricia Arquette. Both films were directed by Tony Scott.
33For his role as Eddie Poole in 8MM (1999), Gandolfini met a variety of real porn directors and producers to get a feel for their line of work and to get a taste of their personalities, and is said to have loosely based his character on several of them.
34Once worked as a bouncer.
35Was friends with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
36Was voted "best-looking" in high school
37Has co-starred with John Travolta in five movies: Get Shorty (1995), She's So Lovely (1997), A Civil Action (1998), Lonely Hearts (2006) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009).
38Said he was nothing like "Tony Soprano" in real life, describing his own personality as being more like a "260-pound Woody Allen".
39Became engaged to Lora Somoza. [January 2004]
40In Crimson Tide (1995), James refers to Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant, two actors he also references in The Sopranos (1999).
41Well trained in Krav Maga, (an Israeli style of Martial Arts) which he practiced for 2 1/2 years.
42Lost more than 40 pounds for his role in The Mexican (2001), but had to gain it all back before shooting for the HBO series The Sopranos (1999) because executives did not believe the audience would like a "skinny" Tony.
43Used to bartend in Manhattan during years as struggling actor.
44Financed the construction of a restaurant called Vines in Oneonta, New York for his childhood friend Clive Griffiths, who needed the money to launch it. Griffiths has since paid him back, and then some.
45Originally cast in the role of Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can (2002) but had to drop out due to The Sopranos (1999).
46Named one of E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001".
47Television mobster Gandolfini turned to the right side of the law when he saw a woman being mugged in New York recently. Passers-by were shocked to see the tough guy step in and rescue a woman when she was knocked down and had her bag snatched whilst walking down a dimly lit street. [November 2001]
48Although he often played thuggish or brute characters, he was actually somewhat of a pacifist off-stage; he had reservations about continuing his production contract as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos (1999) due to the series violent content and stereotype of Italian-Americans.
49He played the trumpet and saxophone.
50Attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
51Attended and graduated from Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey (1979).
52His sister Johanna is a prominent official with the New Jersey Family Court system.

#Quote
1[on his acting teacher] I destroyed the place you know, just all that crap they have on stage... and at the end of it... she goes "See, everybody's fine. Nobody's hurt. This is what you have to do. This is what people pay for. If you don't want to do it, get off.".
2[on David Chase and the challenges of The Sopranos (1999)] 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.
3We'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.
4I think you cared about Tony because David was smart enough to 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.
5[on The Sopranos (1999) 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 fuck's sake. This guy wants to eat breakfast? This guy's going to be a pain in the ass".
6I 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.
7[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.
8I'm much more comfortable doing smaller things. I like them. I like the way they're shot; they're shot quickly.
9[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.
10[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."
11I watch stupid comedies. Role Models (2008). I love them. The Rocker (2008). I love that. I like idiotic comedies.
12[on Tony Soprano, his character on The Sopranos (1999)]: I never think about him, ever.
13I love hearing people laugh. Especially in New York, and especially now. To hear somebody out there just belly-laughing.
14Like I always say, I'm standing on my parents' shoulders; they allowed me to do this silly job.
15Alan 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.
16[on ending The Sopranos (1999)] 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.
17[on his reaction to The Sopranos (1999) 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.
18[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.".
19I 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.
20I'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.
21I'm a neurotic mess. I'm really basically just like a 260-pound Woody Allen.

#Trademark
1Nasal New Jersey accent that grew deeper over the years
2Large, chunky bear-like frame
3Discreet smile
4Frequently plays characters who are brutish yet charming
5Best remembered as mob boss Tony Soprano from The Sopranos (1999)

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