James Gandolfini, best known as TV mob boss Tony Soprano, has died in Italy at the age of 51.
Gandolfini’s managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders, said he died Wednesday while on holiday in Rome. No cause of death was given.
“Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving,” said Armstrong and Sanders.
Already a well-travelled actor, Gandolfini shot to fame in 1999 as the head of a mob family on HBO TV series The Sopranos, the show that changed TV’s reputation into a destination for quality drama and in turn, film actors.
He won three best actor Emmys and a Golden Globe for his depiction of mob boss Tony Soprano, who constantly questions his identity and purpose.
He went on to roles in films such as Killing Them Softly alongside Brad Pitt, as a creature voice in the Australian-shot Where the Wild Things Are, in Kathryn Bigelow’s acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty and comedy In the Loop.
It is believed the last film he shot was Animal Rescue, a crime drama co-starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. He also recently filmed Enough Said, a comedy with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, and his son, Michael.
It is indeed a sad day for film, TV, and Broadway He will be missed.
RIP James Gandolfini