James Gandolfini dies aged 51

Actor suffers possible heart attack while on holiday in Rome

Very sad news to bring you this morning, as reports have confirmed that James Gandolfini has died while on holiday in Rome. The actor was just 51 years of age.

Best known as the star of HBO's multi-award-winning drama The Sopranos, Gandolfini won three Emmys for his work on the show, oft-regarded as one of the finest serialised dramas of all time.

He also enjoyed a stellar career on the big screen, with eye-catching roles in the likes of True Romance, In The Loop and Zero Dark Thirty.

"He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," said David Chase, creator of The Sopranos. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes."

"We lost a giant today," echoed Gandolfini's Sopranos co-star Lorraine Bracco. "I am utterly heartbroken."

Having suffered a suspected heart attack, Gandolfini is survived by his second wife Deborah Lin and their daughter Liliana, as well as his son Michael, born during his first marriage to Marcy Wudarski.

All at Total Film are deeply saddened by this tragic news, and our condolences go out to his family and friends. He was one of the greats of his generation and will be sorely missed.

We celebrate his best roles in our feature below....

What are you favourite James Gandolfini memories? Tell us, below...

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    • H3isenberg

      Jun 20th 2013, 8:43

      Really shocking news. Such a shame.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 20th 2013, 11:42

      RIP. A great actor. Just goes to show if you wait long enough you end up a TV legend. (Also shows that TF allows theiveing spammers to bombard a tributes page).

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    • Chufferstud

      Jun 20th 2013, 11:56

      Ok Totalfilm, ENOUGH! Stop these idiot spammers putting messages on your pages. Surely you can trace an IP address and block all messages from them? Not only is it annoying and the grammar shocking, it's putting me off reading the comments section. Very sad to hear this news today, you can just tell when someone is a class actor.

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    • TheShamrock

      Jun 20th 2013, 12:02

      RIP. He will forever be 'T', for his performances as one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time.

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    • smellyhands

      Jun 20th 2013, 15:26

      Very sad. He had incredible screen presence which is rare these days. You will be missed sir. RIP.

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 20th 2013, 18:03

      Devastating news, Jimmy has been one of my favorite actors for a long time RIP.

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    • craigmustdie

      Jun 20th 2013, 21:32

      Horrible news, he was mesmerising in The Sopranos. Tony was a fine balancing act, he could easily have just been utterly despicable in the wrong hands, but Gandolfini and Chase gave him such depth. Have never seen In the Loop, going to pick a copy up this week I think.

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    • janbram

      Jun 20th 2013, 22:16

      ....... James Gandolfini was an extraordinary and immersive actor- & this is rare ... & for those whom saw him interviewed ...he was humble and self depreciating & kind. He was a Broadway actor and his body of work was so character- lead that you knew his future would be full of mesmeric portrayal ...similarly to that vastly talented actor- the late Heath Ledger – we will now, never know. He was blessed with the skills of David Chase re the Sopranos & all his tremendous co –actors in that mesmeric production but he himself was iconic throughout in a complex drift of emotion stemming from the writing but also in his amazing gift to show his vulnerability & sadness. What a loss , to us who respected him as an actor & whom so admired and loved him – but moreover to his fellow actors- who knew the depth of him & his humanity &his body of work & most of all, to his family who knew and loved him. What an absolute shame.

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    • janbram

      Jun 20th 2013, 22:23

      20th 2013, 22:16 ....... James Gandolfini was an extraordinary and immersive actor- & this is rare ... & for those whom saw him interviewed ...he was humble and self depreciating & kind. He was a Broadway actor and his body of work was so character- lead that you knew his future would be full of mesmeric portrayal ...similarly to that vastly talented actor- the late Heath Ledger – we will now, never know. He was blessed with the skills of David Chase re the Sopranos & all his tremendous co –actors in that mesmeric production but he himself was iconic throughout in a complex drift of emotion stemming from the writing but also in his amazing gift to show his vulnerability & sadness. What a loss , to us who respected him as an actor & whom so admired and loved him – but moreover to his fellow actors- who knew the depth of him & his humanity &his body of work & most of all, to his family who knew and loved him. What an absolute shame

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