Westwood, New Jersey, United States
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Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer
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Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge, New Jersey, United States (1979)
B.A., Communication Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States (1982)
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James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor and producer.
Full Name at Birth
James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr.
Claim to Fame
Anthony "Tony" Soprano On The Sopranos (1999-2007).
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James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as American Mafia crime boss Tony Soprano in the award-winning HBO series The Sopranos. Gandolfini garnered praise for his portrayal of Tony Soprano, winning three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Gandolfini's other notable roles include the woman-beating Mob henchman Virgil in True Romance (1993), enforcer/stuntman Bear in Get Shorty (1995) and as Carol, an impulsive Wild Thing, in Where the Wild Things Are (2009).
After wrapping The Sopranos, Gandolfini produced the documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (2007), in which he interviewed ten injured Iraq War veterans. His second documentary Wartorn: 1861–2010 (2010), analyzes the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on soldiers and families through several wars in American history, from 1861 to 2010.
Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey. His mother, Santa (née Penna), a high school lunch lady, was born in the United States, of Italian ancestry, and raised in Naples, Italy. His father, James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a native of Borgotaro, Italy, was a bricklayer and cement mason and was later the head custodian at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. James Sr. earned a Purple Heart in World War II. Gandolfini's parents were devout Roman Catholics and spoke Italian at home. Due to the influence of his parents, he developed a strong sense of being Italian and visited Italy regularly.
He grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey and graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1979, where he played basketball, acted in school plays, and was awarded the title "Class Flirt" in his senior yearbook. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies from Rutgers University in 1982, where he worked as a bouncer at an on-campus pub. He also worked as a bartender and club manager in Manhattan prior to his acting career. He was introduced to acting as a young man living in New York City, when he accompanied friend Roger Bart to a Meisner technique acting class, where he studied for two years under Kathryn Gately at The Gately Poole Conservatory.
James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr.(A Bricklayer And Cement Mason And Was Later The Head Custodian At Paramus Catholic High School In Paramus, New Jersey, United States)
Santa (A High School Lunch Lady)
Place of Death
Cause of Death
Michael (Son), Liliana (Daughter)
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