James Gandolfini

Birthday: Sep 18, 1961
Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, USA
Born and raised in New Jersey, press-shy James Gandolfini forged a film career as a prolific character actor before finally emerging as a bona fide star in the critically-lauded HBO series The Sopranos. After earning his college degree in 1983, Gandolfini headed to New York to study at the Actors Studio. Supporting himself for almost ten years as a bartender and nightclub manager, Gandolfini's major break came in 1992 with a role in a Broadway version of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange, and his film debut in Sidney Lumet's A Stranger Among Us. Following small parts in several 1993 films, including the Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance, Gandolfini played more substantial roles as one of the heavies in Terminal Velocity (1994), Geena Davis' neighborhood boyfriend in Angie (1994), one of the submarine crew in Crimson Tide (1995), and a stuntman-turned-Mob enforcer in Get Shorty (1995). Equally gifted at playing characters on either side of the law, Gandolfini appeared as the violent neighbor who assaults Robin Wright Penn in She's So Lovely (1997) and a cop in Lumet's legal drama Night Falls on Manhattan (1997).Gandolfini played supporting roles in several more films, including Fallen (1998) and A Civil Action (1998), before he was cast as the head of a dysfunctional Mafia family in The Sopranos. Anchored by Gandolfini's superbly-nuanced performance as Prozac-popping, mother-bedeviled capo Tony Soprano, The Sopranos was hailed as a TV masterpiece for its alternately funny, surreal and deadly-serious look at New Jersey Mob life. Though he was passed over for the Emmy, Gandolfini won the SAG and Golden Globe Awards for Lead Actor in a TV drama for The Sopranos' 1999 season. During the series break, Gandolfini appeared as a slimy pornographer in 8MM (1999).Gandolfini finally added the Emmy to his trophies in 2000 for the second season of The Sopranos. Despite the inevitable criticism about the series' sophomore slump, there was no question as to Gandolfini's continuing excellence as the New Jersey Mob paterfamilias. Gandolfini followed his Emmy triumph with a supporting role as a gay hit man in The Mexican (2001), easily stealing the film from co-stars Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt. Even as he was earning The Mexican's few good notices in theaters, Gandolfini was garnering still more plaudits for The Sopranos' controversial third season, as Tony's increasingly delinquent son elicited anguished soul-searching from Tony about his legacy. Though his third Emmy nomination spoke to his formidable TV presence as Tony, Gandolfini also further burnished his movie credits with a small part in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Cannes Film Festival award winner The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), and a major starring role as a corrupt Army colonel who goes head-to-head with Robert Redford's incarcerated general in The Last Castle (2001). Gandolfini continued to impress on The Sopranos for the show's run, which finally ended in 2007. He would also find success on screen, appearing in a wide and impressive variety of roles in films like All the King's Men, The Taking of Pelham 123, and Violet & Daisy. Tragically, Gandolfini died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sexual Healing Producer 2018
89% The Drop Cousin Marv $8.8M 2014
99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
95% Enough Said Albert 2013
23% Violet & Daisy Michael $10.5K 2013
No Score Yet Nicky Deuce Bobby Eggs 2013
45% Down the Shore Bailey $5.3K 2013
37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Doug Munny $22.6M 2013
34% Escape From Planet Earth Shanker $54.8M 2013
91% Zero Dark Thirty CIA Director $95.8M 2013
71% Not Fade Away Pat $0.7M 2012
74% Killing Them Softly Mickey $15M 2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Actor $31.9M 2012
50% Hemingway & Gellhorn Executive Producer Producer 2012
No Score Yet Cinema Verite Craig Gilbert 2011
54% Welcome to the Rileys Doug Riley $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Wartorn: 1861-2010 Executive Producer 2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are Carol $77.3M 2009
94% In the Loop General Miller $2.3M 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Mayor $65.5M 2009
No Score Yet Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak Actor 2009
No Score Yet Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq Executive Producer Interviewer 2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes Nick Murder $0.4M 2007
48% Lonely Hearts Charles Hildebrandt $0.2M 2006
12% All The King's Men Tiny Duffy $7.3M 2006
30% Be Cool Actor $55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls Vincent 2005
7% Surviving Christmas Tom Valco $11.2M 2004
81% The Man Who Wasn't There Big Dave $7.5M 2001
52% The Last Castle Col. Winter $18M 2001
55% The Mexican Leroy $66.6M 2001
20% Down to Earth Actor $63.1M 2001
57% Wildflowers Actor 2000
22% 8MM Eddie Poole 1999
61% A Civil Action Al Love 1998
75% The Mighty Kenny Kane 1998
66% She's So Lovely Kiefer 1997
40% Fallen Lou 1997
68% Night Falls on Manhattan Joey Allegretto 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #6 1997
33% Perdita Durango Willie 'Woody' Dumas 1997
19% The Juror Eddie 1996
87% Get Shorty Bear 1995
88% Crimson Tide Lt. Bobby Dougherty 1995
No Score Yet Le Nouveau monde (New World) Actor 1995
20% Terminal Velocity Ben Pinkwater 1994
44% Angie Vinnie 1994
No Score Yet Italian Movie Angelo 1993
52% Mr. Wonderful Mike 1993
No Score Yet Money for Nothing Billy Coyle 1993
92% True Romance Virgil 1993
23% A Stranger Among Us Tony Baldessari 1992

TV

CREDIT
94% The Night Of
2016
Executive Producer
  • 2016
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
Tony Soprano Anthony Soprano
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
57% Gun
1997
  • 1997

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