James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini

Date of Birth

Date of Birth: September 18, 1961
Date of Passing: June 19, 2013
Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey

James Gandolfini is widely recognized for his three-time Primetime Emmy-winning portrayal of crime boss Tony Soprano on the iconic HBO drama The Sopranos. A mobster who turned to psychotherapy to cope with the stresses of his job and family, Tony Soprano was a character unlike any seen before on television, and Gandolfini’s performance brought him both fame and acclaim. Like his best-known character, Gandolfini was a native of New Jersey. He was born September 18, 1961, in the town of Westwood and grew up in Park Ridge.

James Gandolfini is widely recognized for his three-time Primetime Emmy-winning portrayal of crime boss Tony Soprano on the iconic HBO drama The Sopranos. A mobster who turned to psychotherapy to cope with the stresses of his job and family, Tony Soprano was a character unlike any seen before on television, and Gandolfini’s performance brought him both fame and acclaim. Like his best-known character, Gandolfini was a native of New Jersey. He was born September 18, 1961, in the town of Westwood and grew up in Park Ridge. After graduating from Rutgers University, he worked as a bartender and club manager before pursuing a career as an actor in New York City. Gandolfini reportedly died on June 19, 2013, while traveling in Italy. He was 51. The esteemed actor is believed to have suffered a heart attack while en route to the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, according to news reports.

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Awards & Nominations

8 Nominations | 3 Emmys
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - 2012
  • Nominee
  • James Gandolfini, Executive Producer
  • Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • HBO
  • Attaboy Films and A Walrus & Associates in association with HBO Films
Outstanding Nonfiction Special - 2008
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2007
  • Nominee
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2004
  • Nominee
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2003
  • Winner
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2001
  • Winner
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 2000
  • Winner
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series - 1999
  • Nominee
  • James Gandolfini, as Tony Soprano
  • The Sopranos
  • HBO
  • Chase Films and Brad Grey Television in association with HBO Entertainment
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