It's with great sadness that we report that James Gandolfini has passed away at the age of 51 following a heart attack while on a vacation overseas. The actor was undoubtedly best known for his work as the star of HBO's The Sopranos, but he was a memorable powerhouse on the big screen long before stepping into the world of TV.
Film fans got their first big dose of Gandolfini's formidable screen presence in True Romance, and from there the roles just kept getting bigger and bigger. Get Shorty, Crimson Tide, The Juror, Fallen and 8MM all proved that he had what it took to stand out in a scene, no matter how big the celebrity faces around him or how small his own role. His career really took off in the 2000s, fitting in a mixture of drama (Where the Wild Things Are, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) and comedy (Surviving Christmas, In the Loop) when he wasn't making must-see television on HBO.
Gandolfini's most recent roles where in Not Fade Away, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He has a few more projects on the horizon, including Animal Rescue, a new drama from Bullhead director Michael Roskam.
Our hearts go out to Gandolfini's friends and families.