James Gandolfini Jr. (born 18.9.1961) (Died: June 19, 2013) James Gandolfini is an American actor, best known for his role as the Mafia boss Tony Soprano in the hit TV series The Sopranos.
Childhood: James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Joan Gandolfini and James Gandolfini Sr. His mother was a school nutritionist and his father was a building maintenance officer at a high school.
Gandolfini's parents were Italian and devoutly Catholic. James spent part of his childhood in Italy and the family often conversed in Italian.
James Gandolfini attended Park Ridge High School in New Jersey. He often played basketball as well as acting in school plays and earned himself the title of 'Class Flirt'. When he graduated from high school, he studied for a BA in Communications at Rutgers University.
Before pursuing a career in acting, Gandolfini worked as a bartender as well as a nightclub manager. Whilst living in New York City, he went with a friend to acting classes and he landed a job promoting Rutgers football in a TV commercial with Greg Schiano.
Acting Career: One of James Gandolfini's earliest acting roles was in a 1992 production of On The Waterfront on Broadway. He acted in the play for six months and the following year, landed a role in the cult classic, True Romance, starring Christian Slater Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper.
In 1994, Gandolfini played Ben Pinkwater in Terminal Velocity, opposite Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski. This was followed by a role as a conscientious mob enforcer in The Juror.
James Gandolfini then appeared as an ex-stuntman from the South, in Get Shorty, the film adaptation that starred Gene Hackman, John Travolta, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo.
The Sopranos debuted on HBO in 1999. In the mafia-based drama, James Gandolfini played the role of mafia boss Tony Soprano. Gandolfini has won three Emmy awards for his performance in the show and it has been reported that his salary eventually rose to around $1 million per episode. Other actors in the series include Lorraine Braco, Edie Falco and Michael Imperioli.
James Gandolfini again worked with HBO in 2007 when he co-produced a documentary entitled Alive Day: Home From Iraq, focusing on US veterans of the Iraq war. He interviewed 10 former soldiers about issues such as their re-integration into society.
In the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, James Gandolfini played the mayor of New York. Later that year, Gandolfini returned to stage work, appearing in God of Carnage on Broadway with Hope Davis, Jeff Daniels and Marcia Gay Harden.
James Gandolfini has also had roles in a number of other significant movies, such as 8MM with Nicolas Cage, Crimson Tide with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman and All The King's Men, with Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Anthony Hopkins.
Private Life: Gandolfini is a fan of motorbikes and owns a Harley Davidson bike, as well as a Vespa scooter. In 2006, whilst on his scooter, he was hit by a taxi cab and forced to undergo surgery on his knee. The incident caused the crew of The Sopranos to postpone the filming of the last few episodes.
James Gandolfini was previously married to Marcy Wudarski, with whom he has one child. They divorced in 2002 and Gandolfini subsequently married Deborah Lin in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 2008.
James Gandolfini's TV mini-series Criminal Justice is moving forward with a summer (16) premiere date.
The late Sopranos actor starred in the pilot episode of the eight-part series before his death in June, 2013. Three months later, in September, 2013, Robert De Niro signed on to replace James, but he dropped out in 2014 due to scheduling issues and John Turturro subsequently took on the lead role.
He will play Jack Stone in the series, about a New York City murder case. Turturro has links to both actors - he previously starred alongside De Niro in four films, while Gandolfini appeared in 2005's Romance & Cigarettes, which was written and directed by Turturro.
Gandolfini developed the U.S. adaptation of Peter Moffatt's acclaimed 2008 BBC drama of the same name, and will posthumously be credited as an executive producer.
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Bosses At The Hbo Network Are Reviving A Film Project Which Actor James Gandolfini Was Working On Before His Death.
The Sopranos star, who passed away in 2013 after suffering a heart attack, began developing a drama called Big Dead Place in 2011. He served as a producer on the film and had hoped to tackle the starring role.
Now editors of The Hollywood Reporter report executives at HBO, which was home to Gandofini's mob TV series, have decided to move forward with the movie, hiring The Sopranos alum Tim Van Patten as director and executive producer.
Big Dead Place is inspired by author Nicholas Johnson's memoir, Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange & Menacing World of Antarctica, about scientists working at a research station in Antarctica.
The White Cadillac Driven By Late Actor James Gandolfini In Hit Mob Drama The Sopranos Is Heading To The Auction Block.
The 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV, owned by Gandolfini's mob boss character Tony Soprano in the show's final three seasons, will go under the hammer as part of the Massachusetts-based RR Auction sale on 12 November (15).
The Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) was one of two identical models used during production, and the lot is made all the more special as it bears the actor's autograph on a panel above the glove box and on the inside of a sun visor.
The starting price has been set at $5,000 (£3,125) and the winning bidder will receive a certificate of authenticity signed by Gandolfini, reports NJ.com.
Continue reading: James Gandolfini's Sopranos Cadillac Up For Auction
David Chase spoke about 'The Sopranos'' famously cryptic ending in a new interview.
It’s arguably the most famous ending to a popular TV series ever, but nobody seems to have clue as to what the final sequence of ‘The Sopranos’ actually meant. However, we might have just been given a big piece of the puzzle by the show’s director David Chase.
In a new interview with Directors Guild of America Quarterly, Chase gave an overview of the very last few minutes of the final season, which notoriously finishes with a cut to black after a series of seemingly disconnected shots of the show’s characters converging on a café, to the soundtrack of ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’.
'The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and David Chase
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Actress Lorraine Bracco Has Credited The Unexpected Death Of Her Friend And The Sopranos Co-star James Gandolfini With Inspiring Her To Turn Self-help Guru And Write A Motivational New Book.
The 60 year old, who portrayed psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit mob series, has previously revealed how she prioritised her health and lost 35 pounds (16 kilograms) following the loss of both of her parents in 2011.
She admits it was the passing of Gandolfini in 2013 which made her put pen to paper to share her diet and wellness tips in To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be the Best You Can Be.
In the book, Bracco claims the tragedy served as "a jolting reminder" not to take her health for granted, adding, "Jimmy's death contributed to my decision to motivate others to take care of themselves".
A slow-burning intensity sets this crime thriller apart from the crowd, directed by Belgian filmmaker Michael Roskam with a sharp focus on flawed characters who continually surprise each other. It's also a strikingly involving screenplay by Dennis Lehane, an author known for flashier thrillers like Mystic River and Shutter Island (this is his first film script, based on his short story Animal Rescue). All of this pays off with terrific performances from an excellent cast and situations that genuinely shake up the audience, even if it remains moody and subdued right to the end.
It's set in Brooklyn, where bars take turns acting as the mafia drop point for the day's takings. And after Cousin Marv's Bar is robbed on a non-drop day, Chechen gangster Chovka (Michael Aronov) is furious. Even though he has assumed ownership of the bar from Marv (James Gandolfini), Chovka orders him to get the $5,000 back, implying that Marv knows the thieves. So Marv turns to his mild-mannered barman Bob (Tom Hardy) for help. Bob knows how to keep his head down, and as he works on finding the cash, he discovers an abused puppy abandoned in a trash can outside the home of Nadia (Noomi Rapace), who helps him nurse the dog back to health. But the puppy - and Nadia - were both cast aside by the thuggish Eric (Matthias Schoenaerts), who doesn't want to let anything go.
Viewers expecting an action-packed crime thriller might be disappointed by the muted tone of this film, but it's the kind of story that worms its way under the skin, creating complex characters who are constantly revealing new details about themselves as the situation inexorably escalates around them. Hardy is simply superb, layering all kinds of emotions into Bob's actions as he struggles to maintain his composure while everyone around him does something inexplicable. As a result, the film's final act is a sequence of heart-stopping moments that make the most of the witty, nervy and darkly gritty scenes that went before.
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Tom Hardy's latest movie, and American crime thriller, has a distinctly European tone and art-house style.
For such a deeply American story, written by that chronicler of blue-collar New England life Dennis Lehane, the new crime thriller 'The Drop' boasts a strikingly foreign pedigree. Which probably explains why it has surprised many American critics with its distinctly European arthouse tone. In Time Magazine, Richard Corliss writes, "You have to sit through the slow parts to savour the cool parts."
The film is directed by Michael Roskam, the Belgian filmmaker whose tough drama 'Bullhead' was nominated for the foreign-language Oscar in 2012. For 'The Drop' he reteams with that film's lead actor, fellow Belgian Matthias Shoenaerts, who after 'Bullhead' garnered acclaim in two films co-starring Marion Cotillard ('Rust & Bone' and 'Blood Ties'), and will soon be seen opposite Kate Winslet in the British-French period rom-com 'A Little Chaos'.
Continue reading: 'The Drop' Starring Tom Hardy Is A European Invasion
Vincent Curatola, who will present the formal induction, will be joined by Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, show creator David Chase and director Timothy Van Patten at the event in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
The late actor's widow, Deborah Lin, will accept the posthumous honour on his behalf.
Continue reading: James Gandolfini To Be Inducted In To New Jersey Hall Of Fame
The late James Gandolfini is to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame tonight (13.11.14), along with a number of other local stars including Dizzy Gillespie and Brian Williams.
James Gandolfini is to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame tonight (13.11.14).
The late 'Sopranos' actor - who died in Italy last June aged 51 - will be commemorated at Convention Hall in Asbury Park in a ceremony attended by the mob drama's creator David Chase, as well as cast members from the show.
The web-based hall recognises New Jersey residents who have made ''invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond'' and a number of other people will also be inducted tonight.
Continue reading: James Gandolfini Receives Hall Of Fame Honour
'The Drop' is among James Gandolfini's finest achievement as an actor.
It seems opportunist and downright lazy to suggest Michael R. Roskam's new crime-drama is a "fitting" final film for the late James Gandolfini. The Brooklyn-born actor, who died suddenly of a heart attack in Italy in 2013, delivered a ton of extraordinary performances in his career - not least in the excellent Enough Said - though as cousin Marv in the intense, brooding The Drop, his finest talents as an actor are clearly on show.
The Drop focuses on Tom Hardy's Bob Saginowski, who funnels cash to local gangsters through his place of work. However, under the heavy hand of his employer (Ganfolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone and awry and a subsequent investigation digs deep into the neighbourhood's criminal underground.
Continue reading: 'The Drop' Features Tour-de-Force Performance From James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - NY, New York, United States - Thursday 11th April 2013
James Gandolfini - ****File Photo** * 12 YEARS A SLAVE DOMINATES Independent Spirit Awards NOMINATIONS Critically-acclaimed drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE looks set to dominate the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards after landing seven nominations. The period movie, about a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery, has landed filmmaker Steve McQueen a nod for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor is shortlisted for Best Male Lead, and Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o will compete in the supporting actor and actress categories, respectively. 12 Years A Slave has also scored nods for screenplay and cinematography, and the film will also be up against All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska for the Best Feature title. Father-and-son movie Nebraska is another multiple nominee, earning five mentions - Alexander Payne is up for Best Director, alongside McQueen, J.C. Chandor for All Is Lost, Jeff Nichols for Mud and Shane Carruth for Upstream Color; and Bruce Dern will battle for Best Male Lead, against Ejiofor, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club). Meanwhile, the Best Female Lead contenders include Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, and Shailene Woodley for her role in The Spectacular Now. Among the other notable nominations: James Gandolfini has been shortlisted posthumously for Best Supporting Male for his performance in his last film, romantic comedy Enough Said, and the Best First Screenplay category features Lake Bell for In A World and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Don Jon. Jeff Nichols' Mud will receive the Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast of a movie. To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than 0 million (£13.3 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival, including Sundance, - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 10th December 2012
David Chase - The funeral service for Emmy award-winning Sopranos actor James Gandolfini at the Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City, NY, USA on June 27, 2013. Best known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series "The Sopranos", Gandolfini died of a heart attack at the age of 51 while on vacation with his family in Rome, Italy on June 19, 2013. His big screen credits include The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 27th June 2013
Date of birth
18th September, 1961
Date of death
19th June, 2013
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