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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 Of 2016 TV Mini-Series Jack Stone
The Drop 2014 Cousin Marv
Enough Said 2013 Albert
Nicky Deuce 2013 TV Movie Bobby Eggs
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 Doug Munny
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 C.I.A. Director
Not Fade Away 2012 Pat
Killing Them Softly 2012 Mickey
Violet & Daisy 2011 The Guy
Cinema Verite 2011 TV Movie Craig Gilbert
Down the Shore 2011 Bailey
Mint Julep 2010 Mr. G
Welcome to the Rileys 2010 Doug Riley
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 Carol (voice)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 2009 Mayor
In the Loop 2009 Lt. Gen. George Miller
Stories USA 2007 The Man (segment "Club Soda")
The Sopranos 1999-2007 TV Series Tony Soprano
The Sopranos: Road to Respect 2006 Video Game Tony Soprano (voice)
Club Soda 2006 Short The Man
All the King's Men 2006 Tiny Duffy
Lonely Hearts 2006 Det. Charles Hilderbrandt
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 Nick Murder
Surviving Christmas 2004 Tom Valco
The Last Castle 2001 Col. Winter
The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 Big Dave Brewster
The Mexican 2001 Winston Baldry
A Whole New Day 1999 Short Vincent
8MM 1999 Eddie Poole
A Civil Action 1998 Al Love
The Mighty 1998 Kenny Kane
Fallen 1998 Lou
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 Diner Cook #2 (uncredited)
Perdita Durango 1997 Dumas
12 Angry Men 1997 TV Movie Juror #6
She's So Lovely 1997 Kiefer
Gun 1997 TV Series Walter Difideli
Night Falls on Manhattan 1996 Joey Allegretto
The Juror 1996 Eddie
Get Shorty 1995 Bear
Crimson Tide 1995 Lt. Bobby Dougherty
Le nouveau monde 1995 Will Caberra
Terminal Velocity 1994 Ben Pinkwater
Angie 1994 Vinnie
Italian Movie 1993 Angelo
Mr. Wonderful 1993 Mike
True Romance 1993 Virgil
Money for Nothing 1993 Billy Coyle
A Stranger Among Us 1992 Tony Baldessari
The Last Boy Scout 1991 Marcones Henchman (uncredited)
Shock! Shock! Shock! 1987 Orderly (as Jim Gandolfini)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of 2016 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 9 episodes
Hemingway & Gellhorn 2012 TV Movie executive producer
Wartorn: 1861-2010 2010 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq 2007 TV Movie documentary executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sopranos 1999-2007 TV Series performer - 9 episodes
Romance & Cigarettes 2005 performer: "A Man without Love", "Prisoner of Love", "Red Headed Woman", "The Girl That I Marry"
Surviving Christmas 2004 performer: "O Christmas Tree"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night Of 2016 TV Mini-Series in loving memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2013-2014 TV Series in memory of - 2 episodes
Her 2013 dedicatee
Enough Said 2013 dedicatee - as Jim
The Cinema Snob 2013 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
King Cake: A Big Easy Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee (credit only)
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me 2013 Documentary Himself
The Making of 'Killing Them Softly' 2013 Video documentary short Himself
Guys Choice 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Cove: My Friend is... 2010 Short Himself
Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak 2009 TV Short documentary Himself
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Charlie Rose 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Today 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'Lonely Hearts' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Guys Choice 2007 TV Movie Himself - Kingpin Award Winner
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The Sopranos: A Sitdown 2007 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
HBO: The Making of 'The Sopranos: Road to Respect' 2006 TV Movie Himself / Tony Soprano
20/20 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Film '72 2006 TV Series Himself
Corazón de... 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Moving Image Salutes John Travolta 2004 TV Movie Himself
Inside the Actors Studio 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Surviving Christmas: Unwrapping the Comedy 2004 TV Short Himself
Saturday Night Live 2004 TV Series Himself / Unidentified New Jersey Resident
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
HBO First Look 2001-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 2002 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Rank 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Making 'The Man Who Wasn't There' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Sesame Street 2002 TV Series Himself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series Drama
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - 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 Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Actor in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Sopranos: Family Business 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman 2015 TV Series Tony Soprano
TV's Nastiest Villains 2014 TV Movie documentary Tony Soprano
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Actor (In Memoriam)
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee / In Memoriam
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee / In Memoriam
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam Tribute
Democracy Now! 2013 TV Series Himself
Días de cine 2013 TV Series
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Tony Soprano
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008 TV Series Himself
Just In with Laura Ingraham 2008 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself / Patriot (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
El último golpe de Tony Soprano 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself / Tony Soprano
Reinventando Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
De 'Los Serrano' a 'Cuenta atrás' 2007 TV Movie Tony Soprano
Al rojo vivo con María Celeste 2007 TV Series Himself
Making 'Cleaver' 2007 TV Short documentary Tony Soprano
Stories of Lost Souls 2005 Vincent (segment "A Whole New Day")
Sex and the City: A Farewell 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Grownup Love Story Enough Said (2013) · Julia Louis-Dreyfus
2013 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2013 Tribute Award Gotham Awards Posthumously. Wife, Deborah Lin, and son, Michael, accepted the award.
2011 Prism Award Prism Awards Documentary Program - Mental Health Wartorn: 1861-2010 (2010) · Jon Alpert (Producer)
· Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Producer)
· Sheila Nevins (Executive Producer)
· Matthew O'Neill (Producer)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2002 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Actor of the Year - Male - TV Series The Sopranos (1999)
2002 Screen Idol Award L.A. Outfest Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role The Mexican (2001)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2001 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Golden FIPA Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming TV Series and Serials: Actor The Sopranos (1999)
2000 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Lorraine Bracco
· Dominic Chianese
· Edie Falco
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Nancy Marchand
· Vincent Pastore
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Steven Van Zandt
2000 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a New Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Cable Series The Sopranos (1999)
1999 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2014 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Enough Said (2013)
2014 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Enough Said (2013)
2014 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Supporting Actor of the Year Enough Said (2013)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Enough Said (2013)
2013 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2013 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2013 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance Enough Said (2013)
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Enough Said (2013)
2013 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2013 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)
2013 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Enough Said (2013)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Hemingway & 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)
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Killing Them Softly (2012)
2011 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor Cinema Verite (2011)
2008 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Special Alive 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)
2008 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor - Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actor The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Performer of the Year
2007 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2006 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2006 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2005 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2005 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2004 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actor The Sopranos (1999)
2004 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2004 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2003 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2001 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The 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
2000 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama The Sopranos (1999)
2000 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
1999 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
1999 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast Get 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
2013 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Male Images in a Movie Enough Said (2013)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actor Enough Said (2013)

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

#Fact
1 Jeff 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.
2 Very Press shy, he was known for often declining interviews. He believed that there were more interesting celebrities to interview.
3 James Gandolfini passed away on June 19, 2013, three months away from what would have been his 52nd birthday on September 18.
4 Has co-starred with Gene Hackman in three films: Crimson Tide (1995), Get Shorty (1995) and The Mexican (2001).
5 Has co-starred with Brad Pitt in three films: True Romance (1993), The Mexican (2001) and Killing Them Softly (2012).
6 He was inducted into the 2014 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Arts and the Entertainment category.
7 Despite 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.
8 Was introduced to acting by his friend Roger Bart after accompanying him to a class.
9 Was 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.
10 Did not start acting until he was in his mid 20s.
11 Had an estate worth $70 million at the time of his death.
12 Was 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.
13 On 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).
14 He 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.
15 Was good friends with John Travolta. John's father sold tires to his father.
16 Often worked with Tony Scott.
17 Was close friends with Karen Duffy since childhood.
18 Has 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.
19 Has 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).
20 Has co-starred with Denzel Washington in three movies: Crimson Tide (1995), Fallen (1998) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009).
21 On 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.
22 Was considered for the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994), which went to John Travolta.
23 Known to be a shy man, uncomfortable being a celebrity.
24 Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actor in a Play for "God of Carnage".
25 Became 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).
26 Has played Aida Turturro's father in Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and her brother in The Sopranos (1999).
27 Was considered for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four (2005), which went to Michael Chiklis.
28 Was in attendance at Chris Penn's funeral
29 Had 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.
30 Became engaged to Lora Somoza in January 2004. Broke up, amicably, in February 2005.
31 Italian-American
32 In 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.
33 For 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.
34 Once worked as a bouncer.
35 Was friends with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
36 Was voted "best-looking" in high school
37 Has 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).
38 Said he was nothing like "Tony Soprano" in real life, describing his own personality as being more like a "260-pound Woody Allen".
39 Became engaged to Lora Somoza. [January 2004]
40 In Crimson Tide (1995), James refers to Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant, two actors he also references in The Sopranos (1999).
41 Well trained in Krav Maga, (an Israeli style of Martial Arts) which he practiced for 2 1/2 years.
42 Lost 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.
43 Used to bartend in Manhattan during years as struggling actor.
44 Financed 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.
45 Originally cast in the role of Carl Hanratty in Catch Me If You Can (2002) but had to drop out due to The Sopranos (1999).
46 Named one of E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001".
47 Television 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]
48 Although 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.
49 He played the trumpet and saxophone.
50 Attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
51 Attended and graduated from Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey (1979).
52 His 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.
3 We'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.
4 I 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".
6 I 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.
8 I'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."
11 I 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.
13 I love hearing people laugh. Especially in New York, and especially now. To hear somebody out there just belly-laughing.
14 Like I always say, I'm standing on my parents' shoulders; they allowed me to do this silly job.
15 Alan 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.".
19 I 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.
20 I'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.
21 I'm a neurotic mess. I'm really basically just like a 260-pound Woody Allen.

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

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