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James Gandolfini

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James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. James' breakthrough role was his portrayal of Virgil the hitman in Tony Scott's True Romance, but the role that brought him worldwide fame and accolades was as complex Mafia boss Tony Soprano in HBO's smash hit series The Sopranos. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2013 while vacationing in Italy.  See full bio on IMDb »

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James Gandolfini's Widow -- First Photos Out in L.A. ... Running Errands

James Gandolfini's Widow
First Photos Out ... Running Errands

James Gandolfini's widow was spotted out in public for the first time since his death, and her distraction of choice was shopping.Deborah Lin, Gandolfini's wife of nearly 5 years, took a solo trip… READ MORE >

James Gandolfini -- One Last Tribute Dance ... from 'Sopranos' Stripper

James Gandolfini
One Last Tribute Dance ... from 'Sopranos' Stripper

It's a tribute worthy of Tony Soprano -- a Bada Bing stripper from the HBO show has paid her respects to James Gandolfini the only way she knows how ... by spinning around a pole in a g-string to… READ MORE >

- 1164 days ago
James Gandolfini Reportedly Guzzled 8 Drinks Hours Before Death

James Gandolfini
Reportedly Guzzled 8 Drinks Before Death

James Gandolfini reportedly gorged himself on fried food, foie gras and booze just before he died of a heart attack.Gandolfini downed at least 8 drinks at the restaurant in the hotel where he died… READ MORE >

- 1164 days ago
James Gandolfini's Family Blindsided -- Never Suspected Health Issues

James Gandolfini
Family Blindsided No Health Issues Suspected

Aside from his weight, James Gandolfini didn't have ANY underlying health problems before his death ... at least that his family was aware of, TMZ has learned.Sources extremely close to… READ MORE >

- 1164 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Thanks Boss ... For the Good Times

James Gandolfini
Thanks Boss ... For the Good Times

James Gandolfini wasn't just a great actor, he was an awesome guy ... often when our cameras were rolling. So, we put together our coolest moments with "The Sopranos" star -- topped off with a… READ MORE >

- 1164 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Possible Last Photo Before Death

James Gandolfini
Possible Last Photo Before Death

James Gandolfini dined at an Italian restaurant and was photographed during his meal shortly before he died.We've been getting unconfirmed reports Gandolfini was at Vitti restaurant in Rome --… READ MORE >

- 1165 days ago
James Gandolfini -- No Evidence of Drugs, Alcohol ... So Far

James Gandolfini
No Evidence of Drugs, Alcohol ... So Far

A doctor who runs the ER where James Gandolfini was taken before he was pronounced dead says there are no suspicious factors, such as alcohol, but the statement appears premature -- especially… READ MORE >

- 1165 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Tragedy Struck During Father-Son Trip

James Gandolfini
Tragedy Struck During Father-Son Trip

James Gandolfini's shocking death happened in the middle of a "guy's trip" for the actor and his teenage son, Michael ... TMZ has learned.Multiple sources tell us James' trip was for pleasure and… READ MORE >

- 1165 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Tattoo Shopping Before Death

James Gandolfini
Tattoo Shopping Before Death

James Gandolfini was in the market for a mysterious new ink job before his death -- dropping by an L.A. tattoo parlor earlier this month ... and promising to return with a special order.TMZ has… READ MORE >

- 1165 days ago
James Gandolfini Dead -- 'Tony Soprano' Actor Dies in Italy

James Gandolfini
DIES IN ITALY

James Gandolfini -- who famously played Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" -- died earlier today in Italy ... TMZ has learned. Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was 51.… READ MORE >

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