James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. was an American producer and actor. He was best known for starring in popular HBO drama “The Sopranos” and movies including “True Romance”, and “Get Shorty”. He was active for 32 years. He died on June 19, 2013.
James Gandolfini was born on September 18, 1951, in Westwood, New Jersey, United States. he was born to Santa (nee Penna), a school cook and James Joseph Gandolfini, a cement mason and janitor. He was raised in a Catholic home. He attended the Park Ridge High School in New Jersey. He graduated in 1979. He played basketball and acted in school plays when he was in high school. He graduated with a degree in Communication Studies from Rutgers University in 1982.
James married Marcy Wudarski in 1999, they had a son named Michael. They divorced in 2002. He later married actress Deborah Lin in 2008. They had a daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini. The couple has stayed married until his death in 2013. At the time of his death, his son Michael was 13 years old and his daughter, Liliana was barely a year old.
James worked as a bouncer for a pub, he later worked as a bartender and club manager. In 1992, he performed in a Broadway production titled “On the Waterfront”. He appeared in “True Romance” in 1993 and “Terminal Velocity” in 1994. He appeared in “Crimson Tide” in 1995, the film was a box-office hit. He played the role of an ex-stuntman in “Get Shorty”, he also appeared in “The Juror” in 1996.
James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the HBO drama “The Sopranos”. The drama aired from 1999 to 2007. He was widely praised for his performance in that series. In 2007, he produced a documentary that focused on the effects of war. He also produced “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq”. He acted in “God of Carnage” and “Taking of Pelham 123”.
He produced another documentary which focused on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder. The analysis was based on American history from 1861 to 2010. He also produced “Hemingway & Gellhorn” in 2012. The also acted in “Enough Said” and “The Drop”. These movies were released posthumously.
James was found unresponsive in the bathroom floor of Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Rome on June 19, 2013. He was found by his son who called hotel reception. He was sent to the hospital but was pronounced dead after 20 minutes. The cause of death was revealed to be a heart attack. He was mourned by several people including politicians, John McCain. A Facebook was created in his honor and a theatre in Park Ridge was named after him. His body was returned to the U.S on June 23, 2013. His funeral was held on June 27, 2013. He was cremated.
How much is James Gandolfini Net Worth
James Gandolfini was revealed to have an estimated net worth of $70 million at the time of his death. his Will and Testament revealed that a large part of his fortune will be given to his wife, daughter, and sister. He also left a life insurance policy for his son, Michael.
James was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2014. TV guide dedicated the dedicated the back cover of the July 2013 edition to him. A tribute was published in that edition. James has starred in and worked on over 45 films and documentaries. He has been recognized by many for his works.