51 (passed away Jun. 19th, 2013)
Sep. 18th, 1961
Westwood, New Jersey, USA
James Gandolfini's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
New Jersey-born James Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. James' breakthrough role was his portrayal of Virgil the hitman in Tony Scott's True Romance (1993), but the role that brought him worldwide fame and accolades was as complex Mafia boss Tony Soprano in HBO's smash hit series The Sopranos (1999). He currently lives in Greenwich Village in New York City.
- Used to bartend in Manhattan during years as struggling actor.
- Well trained in Krav Maga, (an Israeli style of Martial Arts) which he practiced for 2 1/2 years.
- He plays the trumpet and saxophone.
- Is friends with former New York Mayor 'Rudolph W. Giuliani' (qv).
- Although he often plays thuggish or brute characters, he is actually somewhat of a pacifist off-stage; he had reservations about continuing his production contract as Tony in _"The Sopranos" (1999)_ (qv) due to the show's violent content and stereotype of Italian-Americans.
- Once worked as a bouncer.
- Known to be a shy man, uncomfortable being a celebrity.
- Originally cast in the "Carl Hanratty" role in _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv) but had to drop out due to _"The Sopranos" (1999)_ (qv).