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#1 NewfieBullet

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:57 PM

James Gandolfini dead at 51: 'Sopranos' star suffers massive heart attack in Italy 'Everyone is in tears,' a source close to the Emmy Award-winning actor tells the Daily News.


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James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor who delighted audiences as mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” has died following a massive heart attack in Italy, a source told the Daily News.

“Everyone is in tears,” the source close to the 51-year-old TV tough guy said.

 


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A press-shy celeb who got his start as a character actor and became famous relatively late in his career — thanks to his breakout role on “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini has largely avoided the spotlight since the last season of the beloved show aired in 2007.

The burly Westwood, N.J. native has appeared in several supporting roles since then, playing the director of the CIA in “Zero Dark Thirty” and the gruff blue-collar father of a wannabe rock star in “Not Fade Away” last year.

tv-sopranos.jpg JILL CONNELLY/AP James Gandolfini (right) with 'The Sopranos' creator David Chase.

Gandolfini hit Broadway in 2009 with the Tony Award-winning comedy “God of Carnage.”

“I seek out good stories, basically — that’s it,” he told The Star-Ledger last December.

film-critics.jpg CORKERY, RICHARD James Gandolfini and his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to a baby girl in October. The couple married in Hawaii in 2008.

“The older I get, the funnier-looking I get, the more comedies I’m offered. I’m starting to look like a toad, so I’ll probably be getting even more soon.”

Gandolfini’s wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl last October. The couple married in Hawaii in 2008.

tv-sopranos-finale.jpg CRAIG BLANKENHORN /AP James Gandolfini (from left) played a tough-guy mob boss on 'The Sopranos' with costars Steven Van Zandt and Tony Sirico.

Gandolfini — who spent part of his early career supporting himself as a bartender and nightclub manager — also has a son with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski.

His first break came in 1992 when he landed a role in a Broadway version of “A Streetcar Named Desire” that starred Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

gandolfini20n-1-web.jpg CRAIG BLANKENHORN /HBO The Sopranos family from the wildly popular HBO drama series 'The Sopranos.' The series ran from 1999 through 2007 and starred Edie Falco (from left), James Gandolfini, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Smallish parts in major films followed — Gandolfini played a submarine crew member in “Crimson Tide” in 1995 and a gangland bodyguard in “Get Shorty” the same year.

Fame came for the Italian-American actor after 1999, as “The Sopranos” garnered critical acclaim and cult popularity on its way to becoming a TV classic.

104107214nb065-boardwalk-em.jpg NEILSON BARNARD/GETTY IMAGES Actress Edie Falco (left) and actor James Gandolfini attend the premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theatre in 2010. Falco and Gandolfini played opposites in Broadway's 'God of Carnage' in 2009.

Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his sparkling depiction of protagonist Tony Soprano, a mobster trying to balance the mundane stresses of family life and his unusual occupation: organized crime.

75043402.jpg JOHNNY NUNEZ/WIREIMAGE James Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano.


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Such a shame. Way too young to die of a heart attack, and he was a great actor. I loved him as Tony Soprano. 



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:01 PM

Holy crap  !    51 ?       That really sucks all around  , seemed like a heck of a good guy  .  



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

Holy crap  !    51 ?       That really sucks all around  , seemed like a heck of a good guy  .  

And he just became a new dad last October. Very sad indeed.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:09 PM

Damn. Probably played the best character in the history of TV

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:11 PM

Tony Soprano RIP

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:13 PM

Damn. Probably played the best character in the history of TV


Absolutely!

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:14 PM

That sucks. RIP. 



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:18 PM

I guess you just never know .    51  ,   Christ , I remember  what seemed like  just yesterday  hearing about things like this and thinking how that is a lifetime away  .     Now , not so much . 



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:24 PM

Sad day. There goes the price of Soprano's cigars



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

I guess you just never know .    51  ,   Christ , I remember  what seemed like  just yesterday  hearing about things like this and thinking how that is a lifetime away  .     Now , not so much . 

Yep, 50's used to seem SO far away. Now it's just around the corner.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:38 PM

What a shame....
RIP

51 fuck...

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:03 PM

Damn good actor. RIP

 

Way to young.

 

Hell I'm 51. :bh:



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 08:07 PM

Governor Christie died?

 

Shit...that sucks.



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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:23 PM

May have to dust off my sopranos box set

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 09:29 PM

He was immensely overweight, I saw him in Gibsons on Rush St. a few years ago and it wasn't a real attractive sight. RIP



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 06:01 AM

He was immensely overweight, I saw him in Gibsons on Rush St. a few years ago and it wasn't a real attractive sight. RIP

Wife and I seen him at JFK 3 weeks ago, he looked like shit. We werent sure if it was him or not at first then found out from boarding attendant it was him. Needless to say sad at 51.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:31 AM

I wonder if he would have survived his heart attack had he been in the US?  The Italians aren't great at heart attack survival rates.  Socialized medicine and all.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:34 AM

I wonder if he would have survived his heart attack had he been in the US?  The Italians aren't great at heart attack survival rates.  Socialized medicine and all.

If he only had a gun with him...oh wrong thread



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:35 AM

If he only had a gun with him...oh wrong thread

That wasn't even funny.

 

Facts are facts.  I bet he has a better chance of survival in the US.



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:39 AM

 

That wasn't even funny.
 
Facts are facts.  I bet he has a better chance of survival in the US.

 

•Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack

•About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

http://www.cdc.gov/h...sease/facts.htm




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