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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 (1993), 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 (1999). He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2013 while vacationing in Italy.  See full bio on IMDb »

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It's Exciting to Step into My Dad's Shoes

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- 1068 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Paramedic Trial Begins ... Allegedly Stole Rolex As Actor Died

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- 1684 days ago
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James Gandolfini -- What Kind Of a SCUMBAG Would Jack His Rolex?!?

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What Kind of a SCUMBAG Would Jack His Rolex??

And now ... a verse from our song about the worthless piece of garbage who stole James Gandolfini's Rolex:We hope you burn in hell ... You gutter punk slime. We hope your eyeballs melt ... So you… READ MORE >

- 2082 days ago
James Gandolfini -- Theft Victim in Death ... Rolex Submariner M.I.A.

James Gandolfini
Rolex Theft Victim in Death

James Gandolfini suffered an indignity after he died in Rome -- someone apparently stole his expensive Rolex watch within hours after he died ... TMZ has learned. We've obtained an insurance… READ MORE >

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'Sopranos' Stars Flock to Funeral

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James Gandolfini -- Actor's Body Returned Home to New Jersey

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Actor's Body Returned Home to New Jersey

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