RIP, Tony Soprano:
James Gandolfini, the New Jersey-bred actor whose Mafia-boss character survived six seasons of mob hits and panic attacks on “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday in Italy. He was 51.
The man behind Tony Soprano was with his teenage son, Michael, 13, when he suffered a massive heart attack, a source close to the barrel-chested actor said.
He was a brilliant actor beyond the seminal role of Tony Soprano. Galdolfini leaves a wife and two children.
The Sopranos ranks at the top of the charts as one of the greatest all time shows, ever. No twelve episodes of a show (first season) had ever captured a mother-son relationship with the depth that Chase's gangster drama did. It was as close to perfection as you could ask for.