Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," suffered a heart attack in Italy today and passed away. He was 51.
The New Jersey-born character actor received three Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work on the show.
At the same time, he made a successful transition to film with memorable roles in such features as "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "In the Loop," "Where the Wild Things Are," "Welcome to the Rileys," "The Taking of Pelham 123," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "The Mexican," "The Last Castle," "8MM," "Fallen," "A Civil Action," "Get Shorty," "Crimson Tide" and "True Romance".
Gandolfini had just finished work on the Tom Hardy-led poaching drama "Animal Rescue" in New York, and indie filmmaker Nicole Holofcener's latest effort.
Gandolfini was in Rome for a holiday ahead of an appearance this weekend at the 59th Taormina Film Festival.
Source: The Age