Posted by Alia Haddad on June 20, 2013 at 10:30 am
Late yesterday afternoon, word came out that esteemed actor James Gandolfini suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. This great loss is not only felt by his family and friends, but also by the movie-going public. While I cannot speak about his personal character–nor would it be my place–it behooves us to remember all the characters he brought to life for us on the big and small screen.
Undoubtedly most notable for playing Tony Soprano in the HBO celebrated New Jersey-based mob show, The Sopranos, for eight years, Gandolfini got his start in acting a little more than a decade earlier with bit parts such as in 1987’s Shock! Shock! Shock! and 1991’s The Last Boy Scout. After landing a similarly small role in cult classic, True Romance, things started to pick up for Gandolfini’s acting career. The mid to late 90s were a heyday with roles in archetypal films of the era like Get Shorty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Civil Action, and 8MM. And then in 1999 came his take on Tony Soprano, a move that would prove to all us spectacle lovers–of both big and small scale–just how crucial Gandolfini was to this world as well as how nuanced his craft was.
After The Sopranos came to an end in 2007, Gandolfini continued his relationship with HBO, starring in Cinema Verite and producing Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq and Wartorn: 1861-2010.
Gandolfini’s career and life was tragically cut short. He will be dearly missed by the public he captivated.