‘Sopranos’ actor, James Gandolfini dead at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack in Italy. Gandolfini, played the mob boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos.”
Gandolfini leaves behind his wife Deborah who he married in Hawaii in 2008. The couple welcomed a daughter last October. He also has a son with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski.
Gandolfini spent part of his early career supporting himself as a bartender and nightclub manager before getting his big break in 1992 in a Broadway version of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” that started Alex Baldwin and Jessica Lange.
His breakout role came for the Italian-American actor after 1999, as “The Sopranos” garnered critical acclaim and cult popularity on its way to becoming a TV classic.
Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his sparkling depiction of protagonist Tony Soprano, a mobster trying to balance the mundane stresses of family life and his unusual occupation: organized crime.