James Gandolfini's Will Shows True Extent of Sopranos Man's Generosity
James Gandolfini left both his assistant and secretary $200,000 each.
James Gandolfini, the late actor who set a new standard for television performances as Tony Soprano in HBO's The Sopranos, shared his $70 million estate between family and friends, Manhattan Surrogate's Court heard yesterday (July 1, 2013). Gandolfini left millions of dollars to his nearest and dearest, including $200,000 to both his personal secretary and assistant.
James Gandolfini Was Worth $70 Million At The Time of His Death
The biggest chunk of his estate will go to Gandolfini's beloved children, Michael, 13, and daughter Liliana Ruth, 8 months - both receiving millions. His wife Deborah Lin and two sisters will also receive large chunks of the state, worth $70 million when the actor died in Italy on June 16, aged just 51.
Michael - who was holidaying with his father at the time of his death - will receive the bulk of the estate through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21. He will also get first refusal on his famous father's Greenwich Street condo in the West Village, New York. In a passage that appears unintentionally insensitive, court documents note that the home comes with a precious Manhattan parking space.
Michael will also receive all of his father's clothing and jewellery, according to the court papers.
The day following Gandolfini's death, Bruce Springsteen and his guitarist Steven Van Zandt - also James' co-star on The Sopranos- gave a full performance of their classic 1975 album Born to Run and dedicated it to the late star. His funeral was held on June 27, 2013 at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights, New York City.
James Gandolfini With His Screen Actor's Guild Award