‘The Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini Dies at 51


James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini, who made his mark on television history as the troubled crime boss on HBO’s smash drama The Sopranos, has died, according to HBO. He was 51. Gandolfini, who was most recently seen in Zero Dark Thirty and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, died of a possible heart attack.

Gandolfini died Wednesday in Rome, according to published reports. He was said to be overseas to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, where he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.

The stocky Gandolfini played New Jersey mafia boss Tony Soprano for six seasons from 1999-2007, winning three Emmys for best actor in a drama in consecutive years (out of six nominations total). He will soon be seen in the HBO seven-part “limited event” series Criminal Justice, an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC crime entry. Gandolfini plays Jack Stone, a downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients.

Gandolfini also has roles in an upcoming film from Nicole Holofcener as well as Animal Rescue, a crime drama also starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace that is set for release in 2014. James Gandolfini leaves behind his wife of four years, Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Liliana in October. He also has a teenage son from a previous marriage. >> Full Story at THR

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