James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. (born September 18, 1961 in Westwood, New Jersey , † June 19, 2013 in Rome , Italy ) was an American actor of Italian descent who became known worldwide for his lead role in the series The Sopranos .
Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, in 1961 to the Italian immigrants Santa and James Gandolfini Sr.
He grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey and attended high school there until 1979. He received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Rutgers University . Before working as an actor, he worked as a bartender and club manager. He began his career on New York Broadway with the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams , in which Alec Baldwin also starred. After that, he often played shady, violent characters. Tony Scott gave Gandolfini the supporting role of a sadistic mafia killer in True Romance in 1993 . In 1995 and 1996 he again played Mafia enforcers in Snap Shorty and Not Guilty at the side of well-known colleagues. The critic Roger Ebert praised him for his performance in Not Guilty . With the television series The Sopranos , in which he played the lead role as the head of a mafia family, he achieved his breakthrough. As the lead actor, he got $ 1,000,000 per episode towards the end and won several television awards.
Gandolfini and his first wife were married from 1999 to December 2002. They had a son together.
Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013 at the age of 51 during a short vacation in Rome. He had planned to travel to Sicily on June 22, 2013 to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest . After a sightseeing tour in very intense heat , his 13-year-old son found him unconscious in the bathroom at around 10:00 p.m. local time. He informed the hotel reception, which called an ambulance. Gandolfini, who arrived at the hospital at 10:40 p.m. local time, was pronounced dead at 11 p.m. An autopsy confirmed that he died of a heart attack . His funeral took place in New York on June 27th . According to his will, his daughter, widow, and two sisters inherited his fortune, estimated at around $ 70 million. His only son, Michael, was not included in the will as there was separate life insurance in his favor.
As an actor
- 1987: Shock! Shock! Shock!
- 1992: A Stranger Among Us (A Stranger Among Us)
- 1993: True Romance
- 1993: Escort Service - home delivery (Italian Movie)
- 1993: Money for Nothing
- 1994: Angie - A woman like a hurricane (Angie)
- 1994: Terminal Velocity (Terminal Velocity)
- 1995: Crimson Tide (Crimson Tide)
- 1995: Le Nouveau monde
- 1995: Get Shorty (Get Shorty)
- 1996: Not Guilty (The Juror)
- 1997: Gun
- 1997: Alles aus Liebe (She's So Lovely)
- 1997: Night Falls on Manhattan (Night Falls on Manhattan)
- 1997: The 12 Jurors (12 Angry Men)
- 1997: Perdita Durango
- 1998: The Mighty (The Mighty)
- 1998: Civil Procedure (A Civil Action)
- 1998: Demon - Don't trust a soul (Fallen)
- 1999: 8mm - Eight Millimeters (8MM)
- 1999–2007: Die Sopranos (The Sopranos , TV series, 86 episodes)
- 2001: The Last Castle (The Last Castle)
- 2001: The Mexican
- 2001: The Man Who Wasn't There
- 2004: How do we survive Christmas? (Surviving Christmas)
- 2004: Stories of Lost Souls
- 2005: Romance & Cigarettes
- 2006: Lonely Hearts Killers (Lonely Hearts)
- 2006: The Game of Power (All the King's Men)
- 2006: Club Soda
- 2009: The Taking of Pelham 123 (The Taking of Pelham 123)
- 2009: Cabinet Out of Control (In The Loop)
- 2009: Where the Wild Things Are ( Where the Wild Things Are , Voice)
- 2010: Welcome to the Rileys (Welcome to the Rileys)
- 2011: Down the Shore - Dark Secrets (Down the Shore)
- 2011: Violet & Daisy
- 2012: Not Fade Away
- 2012: Killing Them Softly
- 2012: Zero Dark Thirty
- 2013: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone)
- 2013: Nicky Deuce (TV movie)
- 2013: Enough Said (Enough Said)
- 2014: The Drop - Cash (The Drop)
As a producer
- 2008: Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (documentary)
- 2010: Wartorn: 1861–2010 (documentary)
- 2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV movie)
- 2016: The Night Of - The Truth of a Night (miniseries, posthumous )
For various roles
- LA Outfest Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Mexican
- Chlotrudis Award for Best Ensemble for Cabinet Out of Control
- Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble in Zero Dark Thirty
- Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for Enough Said
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- London Critics' Circle Film Award for Best Supporting Actor of the Year for Enough Said
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
- Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor for Enough Said
For his role as Tony Soprano
- Between 1999 and 2007, he was nominated six times for the major US Emmy television award in the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category (Primetime Emmy for the outstanding leading actor in a television series). Gandolfini won it three times.
- Between 1999 and 2002 he was nominated four times for the Golden Globe Award in the category Best Actor - Television Series Drama (best actor in a television series) and won it once.
- He was nominated seven times for the Screen Actors Guild Award in the category Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and won the trophy three times, making him still the record holder. The Sopranos ensemble, which was nominated seven times for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series , won it twice.
For the production of documentaries
- 2008: Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq
- 2008: nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for an excellent documentary
- 2010: Wartorn: 1861-2010
- 2010: RISM Award for Best Documentary Program - Mental Health
- 2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn
- 2012: nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for an outstanding miniseries
- James Gandolfini in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- James Gandolfini in the nndb (English)
- Unofficial site about James Gandolfini (English)
- Biography on Filmstarts.de
- Obituary for James Gandolfini in: The Hollywood Reporter
- Nikki Finke, Nellie Andreeva: RIP James Gandolfini. In: Deadline. PMC, June 19, 2013, accessed June 20, 2013 .
- Cynthia Littleton: James Gandolfini Dead at 51. In: Variety . PMC, June 19, 2013, accessed June 20, 2013 .
- “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini is dead. Spiegel Online , June 20, 2013, accessed on November 20, 2017 .
- The Juror - Movie Review. February 2, 1996, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- Lea Goldman, Kiri Blakeley: Cast of The Sopranos. In: Forbes Magazine . Forbes Inc., June 15, 2006, accessed June 20, 2013 .
- Marcy Wudarski- The Sopranos James Gandolfini's Ex Wife. In: http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/ . June 20, 2013, accessed January 31, 2015 .
- James Gandolfini discovered by 13-year-old son. The Daily Telegraph , June 20, 2013, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- Sopranos 'Godfather' James Gandolfini marries his former model fiancée in Hawaii. Daily Mail , September 1, 2008, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is dead. Cardiac arrest at the age of 51. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , accessed on November 20, 2017 .
- James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest. Channel24, June 20, 2013, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- Sopranos star had 'wonderful' last day with son: friend. Reuters , June 21, 2013, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- James Gandolfini. Farewell to the "Sopranos" star. Gala , June 28, 2013, accessed November 20, 2017 .
- James Gandolfini 'displayed his usual sense of humor' when he signed will prior to his death. Daily News , September 19, 2013, accessed November 20, 2017 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Gandolfini, James Roberto (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||US-American actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 18, 1961|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Westwood , New Jersey|
|DATE OF DEATH||19th June 2013|
|Place of death||Rome , Italy|