Thursday, 20 June 2013
R.I.P. James Gandolfini
Yesterday, June 19th 2013, the great actor James Gandolfini passed away while on holiday in Italy. He was 51 years old. It seems to have been a heart attack, but until now no official medical report has been released. Tributes to him are already springing up all over the Internet, pointing out his long and distinguished film career from 1987 till today. But let's be honest: the role he will always be remembered for is Tony Soprano in the television series "The Sopranos". It was the gangster series watched by people who hate gangster series. It's more than six years since the last episode was broadcast, and yet today Amazon.co.uk still lists the Sopranos complete series box set as its best selling television box set. It has a timeless appeal.
It's tragic that such a great man should die so young by something as commonplace as a heart attack. It should have been a mob hit. I know I haven't done justice to him in this short tribute, so here's a link to the BBC's tribute.