James Gandolfini, known for his iconic role as ‘Tony Soprano’ on the HBO classic series, “The Sopranos,” died today in Italy, reports TMZ.
He was 51-years-old.
According to various media reports, Gandolfini was attending the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
He reportedly died of a heart attack.
Though the amazing Gandolfini was in a string of successful movies, including “Get Shorty” and “The Mexican,” he became a household name in 1999 when he was cast as larger than life crime boss Tony Soprano, winning 3 Emmy Awards for his rich portrayal over 6 seasons.
See a gripping scene between he and TV wife Carmela Soprano, played brilliantly by Edie Falco below:
See Gandolfini in a powerful scene staging a drug intervention for a family member:
RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met—
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 20, 2013
NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(—
Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini made Broadway debut '92 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” w/Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. One of the greats.—
Actors Equity (@ActorsEquity) June 20, 2013
So sad. RIP James Gandolfini. One of the best actors of our generation.—
Guitar Guy (@TheBrianHaner) June 20, 2013