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James Gandolfini

( b. Sep 18, 1961 Westwood, New Jersey, USA - d. Jun 19, 2013 Rome, ITALY ) Male
James Gandolfini was an Emmy Award-winning actor who shot to fame on the HBO drama "The Sopranos" as Tony Soprano, a tough-talking, hard-living crime boss with a stolid exterior but a rich interior life.

Gandolfini attended Park Ridge High School and Rutgers University, graduating in 1983 with a degree in communications. He drove a delivery truck, managed nightclubs and tended bar in Manhattan before becoming interested in acting at age 25, when a friend, Broadway actor Roger Bart, took him to an acting class.

He began his movie career in 1987 in the low-budget horror comedy "Shock! Shock! Shock!" In 1992 he had a small part in the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange.

By the mid-1990s Mr. Gandolfini had made gangster roles a specialty, playing burly but strangely charming tough guys in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Juror" (1996). He had an impressive list of character-acting credits, but was largely unknown when Mr. Chase cast him in "The Sopranos" in 1999.

The success of "The Sopranos" transformed Mr. Gandolfini from a character actor into a star. The series, created by David Chase, won two Emmys for outstanding drama series, and Mr. Gandolfini won three Emmys for outstanding lead actor in a drama. He was nominated six times for the award.

He went on to play a series of tough guys and heavies, including an angry Brooklyn parent in the Broadway drama God of Carnage, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009; the director of the C.I.A. in "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden; and a hit man in the 2012 crime thriller "Killing Them Softly."

Source: The New York Times obituary 

ProductionsDate of Productions
God of Carnage
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: James Gandolfini
    • Michael (Feb 28, 2009 - Nov 15, 2009)
Mar 22, 2009 - Jun 06, 2010
On the Waterfront
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: James Gandolfini [Charley Malloy]
May 01, 1995 - May 07, 1995
A Streetcar Named Desire
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: James Gandolfini [Steve Hubbell]
  • Understudy: James Gandolfini [Harold Mitchell]
Apr 12, 1992 - Aug 09, 1992
2009 Tony Award® Best Actor in a Play
God of Carnage [nominee]
Starring: James Gandolfini
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