Rest in peace, James Gandolfini. You have passed away at far too young an age.
As Tony Soprano he gave the performance of a lifetime and created a character that has become a television icon. Gandolfini’s broad shoulders carried that terrific show and lifted it to great heights. The Sopranos was the first groundbreaking television series, it set the tone and paved the way for shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad, and The Shield.
Gandolfini and The Sopranos not only influenced television makers, but people in all areas of life. I can personally say that this website would not have existed if it had not been for The Sopranos. It was that show and Gandolfini’s role that started my interest in the true story behind this weird mafia family. At the age of twenty I started reading, researching, and writing. Twelve years later this website is among the biggest on the world wide web. A testament to the inspiration Gandolfini awoke in many people with his portrayal of a depressed mob boss from New Jersey.
Thank you, Mister Gandolfini, thank you for your superb acting and for creating that lovable thug Tony Soprano. You will be missed.
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