Like everyone else, when I heard the news that The Sopranos‘ star James Gandolfini passed away yesterday at the age of 51 I was shocked and saddened. I still can’t really wrap my head around it — it seems inconceivable that this incredibly gifted actor is gone. In addition to being a singular talent he also seems to have been, by all accounts, a great man, and the fact that he had two small children makes the loss that much harder to bear.
I’ve read several moving tributes to Gandolfini from writers whom I really respect, so instead of trying to match what these skilled journalists have done, I thought I would link to their posts:
Mark Harris, writing for Entertainment Weekly, says that “Gandolfini was a subtle, versatile star who left TV in better shape than he found it.”
Blogger Alan Sepinwall, whose book The Revolution Was Televised featured a section on The Sopranos, writes, “The right actor in the right role transformed the way we looked at television.”
The Daily Beast’s Jace Lacob says, “Gandolfini will not soon be forgotten. He was, in many ways, a true Hollywood Goliath, whose performances never failed to rivet viewers and from whom it was impossible to turn away.”
Let me know if you’ve found another tribute you think should be added to this list.
James Gandolfini, you will be missed.
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