On This Day in 1961 James Gandolfini was Born

On this day in 1961 we saw the birth of the actor and producer best known for his role as Tony Soprano, a Mafia boss, in the hit HBO series The Sopranos. During his time on the show he won 3 Emmy Awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

The Sopranos Complete Boxset

The Sopranos ran from 1999 until 2007 with 86 episodes being aired.

As well as the Sopranos Gandolfini also produced a number of documentaries including one that interviewed Iraq War Veterans, and a second that analysed the impact of posttraumatic stress disorders on soldiers.

On June 13 2013 whilst on vacation in Rome, James was found unconscious on the bathroom floor at the Boscolo Exedra Hotel by his 13-year old son at around 10pm in the evening. During that day he and his family had been sightseeing in unbearable heat, and he suffered a fatal heart attack that night.

Boscolo Exedra Hotel
Boscolo Exedra Hotel

He was rushed to the hospital at 10:40pm but was pronounced dead at 11pm. He was 51 years old.

Gar from the NCS also featured James Gandolfini in a “Through Their Eyes Thursday” segment which you can read here.

James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano