James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” dead at 51

Rate this post


I was never a fan of The Sopranos, having watched 10 minutes of an episode and got turned off by the abundant use of the F-word as punctuation.

Nevertheless, it’s still shocking to learn of Gandolfini’s death from a heart attack. Crikey! He was only 51 years old.

Nikki Finke and Nellie Andreeva report for Dateline.com, June 19, 2013:

Actor James Gandolfini died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome to attend the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily. He was 51. Gandolfini will be forever known for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano on the seminal HBO series The Sopranos, which won him three Emmy Awards. […]

Overweight, balding, rough around the edges with a thick New Jersey accent, Gandolfini was the opposite of a marquee leading man, destined to be a character actor, and yet he proved through his masterful acting that he could make Tony Soprano sexy and smart, towering and powerful. his portrayal was one of TV’s largest-looming TV anti-heroes — the schlub we loved, the cruel monster we hated, the anxiety-ridden husband and father we wanted to hug when he bemoaned, “I’m afraid I’m going to lose my family. […]

Born in 1961 in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini’s official bio says the Rutgers graduate spent years as a Manhattan bouncer and nightclub manager. He discovered his lifelong profession in the late 1980s when a friend took him to an acting class. He and made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. […]

Gandolfini’s death at 51 is a reminder to us that life is fleeting.

Use your time well, for we will be asked by our Lord what use we made of the time He’d given us. (Matthew 25:14-30)

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – Gandalf, LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring


Please follow and like us:

0 responses to “James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos” dead at 51

  1. And all this time I thought he was Obama’s white double.

  2. I loved that show more than Pizza. Hell, I loved that show more than eating! If anything was on on a Sunday night when a new Sopranos episode was going to be on, you had to count me out. And I consider Gandolfini one of the greatest actors of the time…..Just a little devastated….

  3. Dressage Rider

    Somebody missed reporting on the death of Vince Flynn. I heard about this on Rush Limbaugh’s program on Wednesday. Almost couldn’t believe that my favorite author had died. He was so young, at 47. Died of prostate cancer. I was so impressed by Flynn, because he took up voracious reading to conquer dyslexia, then later thought he could try his hand at writing espionage thrillers.

    • I don’t have a clue who that is, but it showed up in my conservative news emails!

    • Nooo, Not Vince Flynn.
      Dressage he was my Favorite also. Have read everyone twice.

      • On February 1, 2011, in his fan newsletter, Flynn announced that he was being treated for advanced Stage III prostate cancer.
        Flynn died in Saint Paul, MN, aged 47, on June 19, 2013, at 1:15 a.m., surrounded by family and friends, after losing his battle with cancer.

  4. Let’s see if this comment FINALLY goes through. Last night I tried to comment when this blog post showed up in my inbox. Every time I submitted a comment it wouldn’t go through and then would jump to a different random blog post. I was trying to say that I thought this actor was older than 51. Many actors/actresses are older than their perceived age and many people with dark Italian coloring look younger for their age. He seemed older than my dad who is 53.

  5. I didn’t like the show, but feel sad for Mr. Gandolfini’s passing. Never read a Vince Flynn book, but will now.

    Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for the reminder that we will answer for our choices.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.