We end today with some sad news. Actor James Gandolfini has died. Apparently he was on vacation in Italy and suffered a heart attack. Gandolfini was 51 years old.
While Gandolifni wasn’t really a nerd icon, his prevalence in pop culture is significant enough for us acknowledge his passing. He was a phenomenal actor, and leaves us with a tremendous legacy.
Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in HBO’s The Sopranos in which he won the Emmy three times. Gandolfini’s 26 year acting career included roles in The Last Boy Scout, the Quentin Tarintino-scripted True Romance, Terminal Velocity, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Juror, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Where The Wild Things Are, Killing Them Softly, The Man Who Wasn’t There, In The Loop, The Mexican, Zero Dark Thirty and most recently The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
HBO released this statement: ”We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”
RIP Tony Soprano.