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James Gandolfini

Highest Rated:   98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)
Lowest Rated:   7% Surviving Christmas (2004)
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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sexual Healing
  • Producer
89% The Drop
  • Cousin Marv
$8.8M 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Actor
$0.4M 2014
95% Enough Said
  • Albert
22% Violet & Daisy
  • Michael
$10.5k 2013
No Score Yet Nicky Deuce
  • Bobby Eggs
45% Down the Shore
  • Bailey
$5.3k 2013
37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • Doug Munny
$22.6M 2013
33% Escape From Planet Earth
  • Shanker
$54.8M 2013
91% Zero Dark Thirty
  • CIA Director
$95.8M 2013
70% Not Fade Away
  • Pat
$0.7M 2012
74% Killing Them Softly
  • Mickey
$14.9M 2012
46% Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Actor
$31.9M 2012
56% Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
No Score Yet Cinema Verite
  • Craig Gilbert
55% Welcome to the Rileys
  • Doug Riley
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Wartorn: 1861-2010
  • Executive Producer
72% 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
No Score Yet Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
  • Executive Producer
  • Interviewer
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Nick Murder
$0.4M 2007
48% Lonely Hearts
  • Charles Hildebrandt
$0.2M 2006
11% All The King's Men
  • Tiny Duffy
$7.3M 2006
29% Be Cool
  • Actor
$55.6M 2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
  • Vincent
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
22% 8MM
  • Eddie Poole
60% A Civil Action
  • Al Love
75% The Mighty
  • Kenny Kane
66% She's So Lovely
  • Kiefer
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Juror #6
41% Fallen
  • Lou
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Joey Allegretto
33% Perdita Durango
  • Willie 'Woody' Dumas
15% The Juror
  • Eddie
87% Get Shorty
  • Bear
87% Crimson Tide
  • Lt. Bobby Dougherty
No Score Yet Le Nouveau monde (New World)
  • Actor
17% Terminal Velocity
  • Ben Pinkwater
40% Angie
  • Vinnie
No Score Yet Italian Movie
  • Angelo
50% Mr. Wonderful
  • Mike
No Score Yet Money for Nothing
  • Billy Coyle
92% True Romance
  • Virgil
23% A Stranger Among Us
  • Tony Baldessari


94% The Night Of
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
95% The Sopranos
  • Tony Soprano Anthony Soprano
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Gun
  • Actor
  • 1997

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