- NAME: James Gandolfini
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor, Filmmaker
- BIRTH DATE: September 18, 1961
- DEATH DATE: June 19, 2013
- EDUCATION: Rutgers University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Westwood, New Jersey
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rome, Italy
- Full Name: James Joseph Gandolfini Jr.
- AKA: James Joseph Gandolfini
- AKA: James Gandolfini
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James Gandolfini was an American actor best known for his role as a mobster on the hit 1999 HBO television series The Sopranos.
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In 2012, Gandolfini appeared in the crime-thriller Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt, and played a C.I.A. director in the acclaimed film Zero Dark Thirty alongside Jessica Chastain. He also served as executive producer of the HBO miniseries Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012),
which explored literary legend Ernest Hemingway's relationship with journalist Martha Gellhorn, who became Hemingway's third wife. The actor took a comedic turn the following year, playing Doug Munny in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) alongside Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi.
Gandolfini and his wife, Marcella, married in March 1999 and divorced in December 2002. The couple had one child together, a son named Michael. In January 2004, Gandolfini proposed to his girlfriend, Lora Somoza, but the engagement was later called off.
On June 19, 2013, at the age of 51, Gandolfini died after suffering a heart attack in Rome, Italy, where he had traveled to attend the Taormina Film Festival.
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