James Gandolfini
American actor
James Gandolfini
James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. For this role, Gandolfini garnered enormous praise, winning both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series three times.
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'Sopranos' Actress Reflects On Why James Gandolfini's Funeral Was Particularly 'Surreal'
Huffington Post - 4 months
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<i>The Leftovers</i> -- A View From the Pillar
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hi. I'm Pillar Man... no wait, first a spoiler alert -- if you haven't watched Season Two of HBO's The Leftovers, you should seriously consider stopping here, taking ten hours to watch the full season, then resume reading with: Hi. I'm Pillar Man.... and I see dead people. Assuming at this point that you've taken my advice and watched at least some of Season Two, you now know Pillar Man as that disheveled, bearded guy who lives on top of a tall pillar in the town square of Jarden, Texas, aka Miracle National Park. In Season One of The Leftovers, which was set three years after 2% of the world's population suddenly vanished, the show explored the loss, despair, crumbled lives, religious cults and general societal crush among those left behind. In Season Two, the main characters have relocated to the little town of Jarden, the only town in the world where no one disappeared. Like much of the show and the characters in it, the very noticeable but only sometimes important Pillar Ma ...
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The 8 Shows Everyone Over 50 Should Binge-Watch
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Post 50s may not be watching HBO's "Girls" -- the only scene we remember was Hannah walking in on her parents having sex in the shower -- but we are certainly tuning in to other shows. In the custom of the day, here's what our Facebook readers recommended when we asked what to binge-watch: 1. House of Cards. This winner of two Golden Globes, "House of Cards" stars Kevin Spacey as a politician who works with his equally manipulative wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. Beth Greenshields Courrau said she just finished watching the season and Judy Mollen Walters, is also a faithful binge-watcher. For many Huff/Post50 readers, the answer to Frank Underwood's question, "what are you looking at?" is "you, baby!" 2. Parenthood. Judy Mollen Walters wasn't the only reader who is busy streaming old episodes of "Parenthood." Joan Scaringe Monson said she's rewatched the show from the pilot episode up to Season 3. Can't say we blame them. The show ended recently aft ...
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'Love Me or Leave Me Alone' as a Theme on the Screen (Redux)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Intense feelings of affection are on our radar as we celebrate Valentine's Day. We turn to the cinematic mirror for understated romcoms -- those that illustrate some underlying dynamics of the relationships that survive versus those that fizzle before death do us part. Mere laughs will not suffice. What follows is a minute selection whittled from an infinite one. This post begins with the heartfelt apology that many worthy contenders will be omitted. This year's Oscar-nominated American Hustle (2013) contains at its heart a twisted and tender love story. Amy Adams grows from a hopeful and conniving mistress of Christian Slater in his marriage to Jennifer Lawrence into an appropriate stepmother, which is rarely if ever seen on film. Speaking of Jennifer Lawrence's fine performance, remember the closing scene with the custody exchange and Lawrence is wearing a neck brace? Up-and-coming Indie Wire film critic Ryan Lattanzio's grandmother (it's not surprising that he is so ast ...
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Speaker Points: 2014 SAG Awards Produce Better Acceptance Speeches
Huffington Post - about 3 years
This past Saturday, the 2014 SAG Awards marked the next stop in Hollywood kudos season and another opportunity to rate winner acceptance speeches. After disappointing speeches at last week's Golden Globes, I was happy to see better winning words at the SAG Awards. Here are my scores (on a 10-point scale) for the most notable speakers. BEST SPEAKERS: Two ladies tied for my best speaker award. Lupita Nyong'o - Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Motion Picture (9 Speaker Points) While taking her Actor trophy for 12 Years A Slave, newcomer Lupita Nyong'o spoke as if she had years of experience. Her speech was organized, succinct, thanked key people, and also wove in eloquent words about the brutal subject matter of her film. And though her speech was obviously prepared in advance (as it should be), Nyong'o spoke with spontaneity and heartfelt emotion - the mark of a great speaker. In true top speaker fashion, the actress ended with a nice personal story about calling her fath ...
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'Breaking Bad' And American Hustle' Lead SAG Awards Wins
Business Insider - about 3 years
Saturday night's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honored outstanding performances in film and television, voted on by the actors themselves. Both "Breaking Bad" and Bryan Cranston took home top TV awards, while "American Hustle" won the big film award of the night.  Take a look at the full list of winners below (via TheWrap): FILM Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave” * WINNER Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County” June Squibb, “Nebraska” Oprah Winfrey, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips” Daniel Bruhl, “Rush” James Gandolfini, “Enough Said” Michael Fassbender, “12 Years A Slave” Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” * WINNER Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Bruce Dern, “Nebraska” Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave” Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips” Matthew McConaughey, ...
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A Complete List Of Winners From The Critics' Choice Awards
Business Insider - about 3 years
Following Thursday's Oscar nominations, "12 Years A Slave," "Gravity," Matthew McConaughey, and Cate Blanchett took home the top honors during the night's Critics' Choice Awards. Special awards went to Forest Whitaker, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the "Before Midnight" cast. The ceremony aired live on the CW network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. Check out the list of winners below (via THR): BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Saving Mr. Banks *12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford – All Is Lost BEST ACTRESS *Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock – Gravity Judi Dench – Philomena Brie Larson – Short Term 12 Meryl Streep – August: Osage County Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Ban ...
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Good Oscar nods, except for Streep derangement syndrome
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning, and usually there's something mind-boggling and horrible to talk about, but not this time. Robert Redford for All Is Lost wasn't nominated, either. In the best actress category, Meryl Streep was nominated for one of her worst performances, in August: If there's a fourth to be included among the favorites, it's Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," a pleasant surprise in that so much of the publicity since its release has been unfairly negative - and the academy has never been noted for its courage. [...] missing from the best picture list is "Inside Llewyn Davis," a perfectly fine Coen brothers movie that has been excessively praised in some critics circles. A notable omission in the supporting actor category is the late James Gandolfini in "Enough Said," but then, the academy has been eschewing sentimental nominations and choices in recent years. Foreign-language film used to be the hardest to predict, becaus ...
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James Gandolfini 'Enough Said' tribute (video)
USA Today - about 3 years
An exclusive video tribute to James Gandolfini for 'Enough Said.'
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I Love You, But Please Change
Huffington Post - about 3 years
What makes for a happy, fulfilled relationship? While this is a complex question that doesn't lend itself to a quick answer, there are aspects of successful and lasting relationships that have been studied by experts and many approaches to pick from. The good news is that if you are in a relatively happy relationship, there are some simple things you can do -- positive behaviors -- that can make your relationship better. Fortunately, even if you're in a relationship or marriage that's heading in a bad direction, there are strategies that can set you and your partner on the right path again. After studying marital success and divorce prevention for decades, my hero is renowned psychologist John M. Gottman, and I'm about to explain why. But first, let's start with the premise that it's crucial to examine your own actions and to adopt realistic expectations about your partner's willingness to change. Do you spend more time second-guessing your partner's comments or reactions than ex ...
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James Gandolfini-linked Olds 442 up for auction
Fox News - about 3 years
A piece of movie star and muscle car history.
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The Best Movies of 2013
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
It was a good year for film. A really good year. by Erik Henriksen "IT IS OUR basic human right to be fuck-ups!" shouted Simon Pegg in The World's End. "This civilization was founded on fuck-ups!" Truer words were never spoken—but as far as 2013's movies go, it actually feels like civilization might have its shit together. 2013 was a fantastic year for movies—a better one, in fact, than we've had for a long, long time. It was also a good year for Portland's independent theaters, which left behind 35mm film and adapted to the expensive new reality of digital distribution and projection, often with help from their patrons: McMenamins gave the Bagdad Theater a renovation that respected the movie palace's history, while updating its sound and projection. Portland's quintessential arthouse, Cinema 21, expanded from one to three screens. Newberg's 99W Drive-In won a digital projector in a Honda-sponsored contest; Vancouver's Kiggins Theat ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Repo Man, a hangover-helping grindhouse marathon, and Robert De Niro punching Sylvester Stallone in the face. 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON HA ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: It's a Wonderful Life! The Polar Express! A Christmas Story! And a whole bunch more Christmas bullshit! 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON HALLETT ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Die Hard! The Muppet Christmas Carol! Black Christmas! Silent Night, Deadly Night! MAYBE CHRISTMAS ISN'T AWFUL AFTER ALL??? 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revea ...
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Race Matters at the Gotham Awards
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Lee Daniels, always a provocateur, addressed the huge crowd at Cipriani Wall Street at this week's Gotham Awards with a confession: he hates white people. No one gasped. It was not clear whether this proclamation was part of his complaint that no one in the cavernous space was listening to his introduction of honoree Forest Whitaker. Was he merely trying to grab the attention? All night long at this, the annual awards given to "independent" -i.e. non-Hollywood fare, speakers seemed daunted by the noise in the room throwing off the rhythms of, for example, the evening's host, comedian Nick Kroll, who was decidedly unfunny. Still, Whitaker managed to present a gentle, Zen-like oration. And Steve Buscemi speaking of James Gandolfini delivered a moving tribute to the Tony Soprano actor who died so suddenly this past summer. "What a loss," he noted of this most beloved actor whose family was present for the tribute. Of the awards, the big winner was the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" ...
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The Gotham Awards Fete Indie Film Amidst an Audience Allergic to Silence
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The Gotham Independent Film Awards are nothing if not quirky and unpredictable. In this 23rd iteration -- which took place Monday at Cipriani Wall Street -- 12 Years a Slave went into the show with more noms than any other film -- and got zip. To the surprise of many, it lost the Audience Award to Life on 4 strings, a non-fiction film about ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. Say what? Fruitvale Station snagged the most awards -- for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan for Breakthrough Director and Actor, respectively. Less surprising was the Coen brothers win of Best Feature for Llewyn Davis, about a folk musician striving to make his way in early '60s New York. After all, the Coens are among the patron saints of indieworld. But it blew my mind when Brie Larson (Short Term 12) won Best Actress over Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. This was no longer quirk, just flagrant lack of judgment. Typically, though, the Gothams are poor predictors of the biggie Awards. Dancing to their own ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Gandolfini
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 51
    In December 2013, following an online petition campaign started by Gandolfini's high school classmate, Lori Fredrics, his hometown renamed its Park Avenue to James Gandolfini Way at a public ceremony attended by several of his former Sopranos co-stars.
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    TV Guide published a special tribute to Gandolfini in their July 1, 2013 issue following his death, devoting the entire back cover of that issue to his image.
    More Details Hide Details Columnist Matt Roush cited Gandolfini's work as Tony Soprano as an influence on subsequent cable TV protagonists, saying: "Without Tony, there's no Vic Mackey of The Shield, no Al Swearengen of Deadwood, no Don Draper of Mad Men (whose creator, Matthew Weiner, honed his craft as a writer on The Sopranos)." Similar testimonials were given by his costars and colleagues, including Edie Falco, who expressed shock and devastation at his death, Sopranos creator David Chase, who praised him as a "genius", Bryan Cranston, who stated that his Breaking Bad character Walter White would not have existed without Tony Soprano, and Gandolfini's The Mexican and Killing Them Softly co-star Brad Pitt, who expressed admiration for Gandolfini as a "ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man".
    Gandolfini's funeral service was held on June 27, 2013, at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Morningside Heights, New York.
    More Details Hide Details He was cremated and his ashes were given to his closest loved ones.
    Gandolfini's body was returned to the U.S. on June 23, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Family spokesman Michael Kobold thanked both Italian and American authorities for expediting the repatriation process, which normally takes seven days. Broadway dimmed theater marquee lights on the night of Wednesday, June 26 in Gandolfini's honor.
    Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome on June 19, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He was expected to travel to Sicily a few days later to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest. After he and his family had spent a day of sightseeing in sweltering heat, his thirteen-year-old son Michael discovered him unconscious at around 10 pm local time, on the bathroom floor at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in the Piazza della Repubblica. He called reception, who in turn called emergency paramedics. Gandolfini reportedly arrived at the hospital at 10:40 pm and was pronounced dead at 11 pm. An autopsy confirmed that he had died of a heart attack. While word of his death spread, politicians such as John McCain and Chris Christie took to the internet to respond. Christie ordered all New Jersey State buildings to fly flags at half staff on June 24 to honor Gandolfini, when his body was returned to the United States. The people of Gandolfini's hometown started a Facebook page to discuss plans to honor him, including naming a street after him and renaming the Little Theater at Park Ridge High School, where he did his first performances, after him.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    Three months after his death, it was reported that in Gandolfini's last will and testament, dated December 19, 2012 and filed July 2, 2013 in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, he left a substantial portion of his estimated $70 million estate to his two sisters, widow, and daughter.
    More Details Hide Details The will did not state any inheritance for his only son, Michael, because Gandolfini provided for him a separate trust funded by a life insurance policy.
    Their daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini, was born in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 2012.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 47
    In 2009, he purchased a home in the hills of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.
    More Details Hide Details GQ Brett Martin said about Gandolfini: "In interviews, which the actor did his very best to avoid, the actor would often fall back on some version of 'I'm just a dumb, fat guy from Jersey.'"
    He played the Mayor of New York in the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Gandolfini produced another documentary with HBO, which analyzed the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder throughout American history, from 1861 to 2010. It featured interviews with American military officials on their views of PTSD and how they are trying to help soldiers affected by it. Letters from soldiers of the American Civil War and World War I who were affected by PTSD are examined, along with interviews with soldiers affected by PTSD and their families. Gandolfini was executive producer of the HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn, titled Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012). Gandolfini reunited with The Sopranos creator David Chase for Not Fade Away (2012), a music-driven production set in 1960s New Jersey, and the latter's feature film debut.
    He returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis, and Jeff Daniels.
    More Details Hide Details He received a Tony Award nomination in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his role in the play but lost to Geoffrey Rush from the play, Exit the King.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    On August 30, 2008, after two years of dating, Gandolfini married former model and actress Deborah Lin in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    That same year, Gandolfini returned to HBO as the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary special, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, his first project after The Sopranos and the first production for his company Attaboy Films, which was opened in 2006 with producing partner Alexandra Ryan.
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  • 2002
    Age 40
    Gandolfini and his first wife, Marcy Wudarski, divorced in December 2002.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son named Michael (born 2000).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 37
    The show debuted in 1999 and was broadcast until 2007.
    More Details Hide Details For his depiction of Soprano, Gandolfini won three Emmys for "Best Actor in a Drama" and Entertainment Weekly listed him as the 42nd Greatest TV Icon of All Time. In addition to the awards that he won, Gandolfini received numerous nominations and two SAG Awards for being a member of the series' ensemble. In 2007, Gandolfini produced a documentary with HBO focused on injured Iraq War veterans and their devotion to America, while surveying the physical and emotional costs of war. Gandolfini interviewed ten surviving soldiers, who revealed their thoughts about the challenges they face reintegrating into society and family life. They also reflected on their memories of the day when they narrowly escaped death and what life may have been like in other circumstances.
  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, he was in the box office hit Crimson Tide.
    More Details Hide Details In that same year in Get Shorty (1995), he appeared as a bearded ex-stuntman with a Southern accent, and in The Juror (1996), he played a mob enforcer with a conscience. Gandolfini received widespread acclaim for his performance as Tony Soprano, the lead character in the HBO drama The Sopranos, a New Jersey mob boss and family man whose constant existential questioning includes regular psychiatric appointments.
  • 1992
    Age 30
    Gandolfini performed in a 1992 Broadway production of On the Waterfront for six weeks.
    More Details Hide Details One of his earlier film roles was that of Virgil, a brutal mob enforcer, in the romantic thriller True Romance (1993), for which he said one of his major inspirations was an old friend of his who was a hitman. In the film Terminal Velocity (1994), Gandolfini played Ben Pinkwater, a seemingly mild-mannered insurance man who turns out to be a violent Russian mobster.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 20
    He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Rutgers University in 1982, where he worked as a bouncer at an on-campus pub.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked as a bartender and club manager in Manhattan prior to his acting career. He was introduced to acting as a young man living in New York City, when he accompanied his friend Roger Bart to a Meisner technique acting class, where he studied for two years under Kathryn Gately at The Gately Poole Conservatory.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    Gandolfini grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey and graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1979, where he played basketball, acted in school plays, and was awarded the title "Class Flirt" in his senior yearbook.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1961.
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