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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Was James Gandolfini's Rolex Stolen By Paramedic As He Died?


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An Italian paramedic has been branded a thief accused of stealing a $3,000 Rolex watch from the late 'Sopranos' actor James Gandolfini as he lay dying from a major heart attack in Rome back in 2013. The trial began this week and notes that the watch was noticed to be missing by those close to him soon after his death.

James GandolfiniParamedic implicated in James Gandolfini's missing watch case

A 43-year-old man named Claudio Bevilacqua is on trial for the robbery of a Rolex Submariner reportedly in the possession of James Gandolfini when he died on vacation in Rome, Italy on June 27th 2013. The paramedic was one of the first on the scene when Gandolfini had his heart attack, and it is not yet known if the watch was physically removed from the actor's body or if it was taken from elsewhere in his Boscolo Exedra Hotel room, located in Piazza della Repubblica, where he was staying ahead of his appearance at the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily.

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James Gandolfini Paramedic Standing Trial For Watch Theft


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Claudio Bevilacqua stands accused of swiping The Sopranos star's $3,000 (£2,075) Rolex Submariner, although it is unclear whether the timepiece was taken from Gandolfini's body or from his hotel room, where the 51-year-old collapsed.

He was admitted to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

During a brief court hearing in Rome on Monday (16May16), a judge postponed the start of Bevilacqua's trial until November (16). The suspect was not present for the court date.

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James Gandolfini's Criminal Justice Lands Summer Premiere


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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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Tv Executives Reviving James Gandolfini's Passion Project


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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.

James Gandolfini's Sopranos Cadillac Up For Auction


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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.

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'The Sopranos' Director David Chase Sheds Light On Series' Ending


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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’’.

Gandolfini and Chase'The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and David Chase

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Lorraine Bracco Wanted To Share Motivational Advice After James Gandolfini's Death


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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".

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The Drop Review


Excellent

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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'The Drop' Starring Tom Hardy Is A European Invasion


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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."

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in 'The Drop'
Tom Hardy stars in the final film to feature the late James Gandolfini

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'.

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James Gandolfini To Be Inducted In To New Jersey Hall Of Fame


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A handful of The Sopranos castmates will reunite to induct James Gandolfini into the New Jersey Hall Of Fame on Thursday (13Nov14).

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.

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New York Premiere Of The HBO Documentary "Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?"

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

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Los Angeles Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Zero Dark Thirty' At Dolby Theatre - Arrivals

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

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The Funeral Service For Emmy Award-winning Sopranos Actor James Gandolfini At The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine

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

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James Gandolfini's Funeral Service Held In Park Ridge, NJ

Leta Gandolfini - Leta Gandolfini pays her respect to her beloved brother James Gandolfini at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home - Park Ridge, New Jersey, United States - Wednesday 26th June 2013

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James Gandolfini Memorial In Front Of His NYC Apartment

James Gandolfini memorial in front of his NYC apartment - New York, NY, United States - Thursday 20th June 2013

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James Gandolfini

Date of birth

18th September, 1961

Date of death

19th June, 2013

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.85


James Gandolfini Movies

The Drop Movie Review

The Drop Movie Review

A slow-burning intensity sets this crime thriller apart from the crowd, directed by Belgian filmmaker...

The Drop Trailer

The Drop Trailer

Bob Saginowski works behind the bar at Cousin Marv's in Brooklyn - an establishment often...

Enough Said Movie Review

Enough Said Movie Review

With a strikingly against-type performance from the late Gandolfini, this film gives the romantic-comedy formula...

Enough Said Trailer

Enough Said Trailer

Eva, a divorced, single mother who faces the impending departure of her soon to be...

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Movie Review

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Movie Review

While not the laugh riot it could have been, this comedy consistently amuses us with...

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer

Burt Wonderstone wanted to be a superstar magician ever since he was a young boy...

Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review

Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review

Blistering writing, directing and acting hold us firmly in our seats as this procedural drama...

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Zero Dark Thirty Trailer

Zero Dark Thirty Trailer

Following the tragic events of the twin towers bombing on September 11th 2001 in New...

Not Fade Away - Trailer Trailer

Not Fade Away - Trailer Trailer

A group of three best friends from a New Jersey suburbia set up a rock...

Killing Them Softly Movie Review

Killing Them Softly Movie Review

Moral murkiness makes this hitman thriller gripping to watch, mainly because we're never quite sure...

Killing Them Softly Trailer

Killing Them Softly Trailer

Jackie Cogan is the enforcer in an organized mob. He becomes the key investigator when...

Welcome to the Rileys Movie Review

Welcome to the Rileys Movie Review

Observant writing and direction make this exploration of grief surprisingly uplifting. This also gives the...

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Trailer

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Trailer

Oskar Schell is an eleven year old genius who views the world differently to others....

Where the Wild Things Are Movie Review

Where the Wild Things Are Movie Review

Jonze's inventive approach to Maurice Sendak's classic children's book continually confounds our expectations with an...

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