From everyone on the wikia, our deepest sympathies go to this legendary character actor and he will be greatly missed by friends, family, and fans alike.
James Gandolfini, whose portrayal of the morally complex mob boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" aided in creating one of TV's greatest drama series, died Wednesday in Rome, Italy. He was 51.
HBO has explained that Gandolfini is a "special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect." There is also a great deal of sympathy expressed for his wife and children.
Gandolfini has won three Emmys for his portrayal of the conflicted New Jersey mobster, a heavily groundbreaking role in television history. "The Sopranos" aired from 1999 to 2007, delivering the greatest television drama series to our devoted fanbase.
David Chase, creator of this critically-acclaimed series, remembered Gandolfini as a "genius."
Anthony "Tony" John Soprano, Sr.– also known as Tony Soprano, was the De factoBoss of the DiMeo crime family.
Tony has to juggle North Jersey's most powerful criminal organization, keeping it functioning properly and keeping dissonance to a minimum. The relationship between Tony and his uncle, Corrado John Soprano, Jr. (better known as Junior Soprano), was very close for many years, with Junior acting as a father figure for Tony following the death of Giovanni (AKA Johnny Boy) Soprano, Tony's father. However, the relationship was strained when a disgruntled Junior became more and more marginalized in the organization as the FBI's investigation into his activities increased. He had Brendan Filone killed, which infuriated Tony. Furthermore, he conspired with Tony's own mother, Livia Soprano, to...