James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

June 21, 2013

On June 19, 2013, the entertainment world lost a riveting and unforgettable actor. James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos, passed away from cardiac arrest in Rome, Italy at the age of 51.

Though best know for his award-winning role as Tony Soprano, Gandolfini had a long career on both big and small screens. The New Jersey native started his career in movies such as The Last Boy Scout (1991) and True Romance (1993). His days as Tony Soprano started in 1999 and ended in 2007. During that time he also starred in blockbuster films like Fallen (1998) along side Denzel Washington, All the Kings Men, Where the Wild Things Are, Killing Them Softly, and many others.

He has left a permanent mark. In the words of Kevin Smith, “RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!”

We pay tribute to Gandolfini with a selection of his movies on DIRECTV CINEMA®:

Mr. Wonderful
Get Shorty
The Juror
The Mighty
The Man Who Wasn’t There
In the Loop
Down the Shore
Cinema Verite
Not Fade Away
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone