James Gandolfini dead at 51

Wow, I’m kind of reeling from thisJames Gandolfini recently passed due to a heart attack while in Italy.  In just the past couple of months I marathoned my way through The Sopranos (1999-2007) so I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of Gandolfini on my screen lately.

I think I first became aware of him when The Mexican (2001) came out, mostly because everyone was talking about his break-out role in The Sopranos.  I also enjoyed his subsequent roles in:

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Violet & Daisy (2011) and Killing Them Softly (2012).  After becoming aware of Gandolfini’s acting chops, I soon remembered him in other roles such as Crimson Tide (1995)True Romance (1993) and Get Shorty (1995).  He’s definitely going to be missed.  While he obviously had the “mob character” down, James Gandolfini showed a knack from branching out and not being type-cast.  I’m going to have to start re-watching his films.

Mr Gandolfini left behind a wife and young daughter as well as a son from a previous marriage.  The flag is flying half-mast here at One Bad Lung.

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Here’s a great article from Yahoo talking about the role of Tony Soprano and why it was so significant.

Holsten’s Ice Cream Shop in New Jersey, location for the last episode of The Sopranos, pays tribute to James Gandolfini.