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NIKKI FINKE : Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51

 

By NIKKI FINKE AND NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDTTags: James Gandolfini, The Sopranos

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BREAKING… Refresh for latest: Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on James Gandolfini Deadholiday in Rome to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which eventually won him 3 Emmy Awards and a $1,000,000-an-episode paycheck. Overweight, balding, rough around the edges with a thick New Jersey accent, Gandolfini was the opposite of a marquee leading man, destined to be a character actor. Yet he proved through his masterful acting that he could make Tony Soprano sexy and smart, towering and powerful. Chris Albrecht who greenlighted the crime family saga at HBO in 1999 and approved Gandolfini in the role, just emailed Deadline: “Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase

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