Thursday, June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini (1961-2013)
James Gandolfini died today. He was only 51. The preliminary report is that he had a heart attack while vacationing in Rome, Italy.
How sad. I loved Gandolfini's work in "The Sopranos," one of the best shows ever made for television. He portrayed mobster Tony Soprano in a way nobody had before. There was vulnerability in his role, conveying profound sadness in the character's soul. And, of course, Tony's legendary difficulties with women were at the heart of his problems.
In 2009, I heard Gandolfini was going to appear on the New York stage in a production of "God of Carnage." I spent big bucks to get front-row tickets. What an amazing experience. Gandolfini was terrific in the play and we were only ten feet away from him. It was magical to be so close to talent.
I celebrate and mourn the man. He was a great actor.