James Gandolfini, known for his iconic role as ‘Tony Soprano’ on the classic HBO series, “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday in Italy, reports TMZ.
He was 51 years old.
According to various media reports, Gandolfini was attending the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
He reportedly died of a heart attack.
Though the amazing Gandolfini was in a string of successful movies, including “Get Shorty” and “The Mexican,” he became a household name for his portrayal of larger-than-life crime boss Tony Soprano, winning three Emmy Awards for his rich portrayal over 6 seasons.
See a gripping scene between he and TV wife Carmela Soprano, played brilliantly by Edie Falco below (warning: graphic language):
RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met—
John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 20, 2013
NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(—
Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini made Broadway debut ’92 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” w/Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. One of the greats.—
Actors Equity (@ActorsEquity) June 20, 2013
So sad. RIP James Gandolfini. One of the best actors of our generation.—
Guitar Guy (@TheBrianHaner) June 20, 2013