Screen Junkies » sopranos Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 James Gandolfini Dies At Age 51 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:47:15 +0000 Penn Collins We will miss one of the most important men in TV history.

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TMZ (who usually gets this type of thing right) is reporting that James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack. He was attending a film festival in Sicily at the time.

Although Gandolfini enjoyed scene-stealing turns as a character actor both before and after his breakout, it was his impassioned and transcendent turn as patriarch and mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s groundbreaking The Sopranos that led him to near-universal acclaim, if not stardom.

Remarkably, Gandolfini won only three Emmys for his work as the troubled gangster-cum-family man, but was an integral part of the program that is known not only for solidifying HBO’s place in the realm of important television, but also for solidifying television’s place in the realm of art.

His body of work and legacy aside, James Gandolfini seemed like a true artist when he played Tony Soprano, and any revisiting of his work before that role would indicate it was a passion he carried regardless of his success. He’s gone, but he died in Italy at a film festival, which is a far more dignified end than many of his characters received. He will be missed.

Goodbye and thank you, James!

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