James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as intricate crime boss Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos”.   He won an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the role.

Gandolfini’s other standout acting roles include the abusive mob-henchman Virgil in “True Romance”, thug-stuntman Bear in “Get Shorty” (see below in Hawaiian shirt), as well as Winston Baldry, the best gay hit-man character ever in “The Mexican”.

Gandolfini died on June 19 during a brief vacation in Rome, Italy.  News of his passing caused a flood of support online from fans, co-stars and politicians.  Governor Chris Christie ordered all New Jersey State buildings to fly flags at half staff on June 24, to honor Gandolfini when his remains returned to the United States.  He was a fine actor, and by all reports a good friend and family man.  He will be missed.

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