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Shocked and Saddened

I was saddened this morning to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini in Italy, of an apparent heart attack. He was only fifty-one.

I don't recall that I ever met Gandolfini, though we may have been present at one or more HBO events over the past couple of years (those are large gatherings), but I was huge admirer of his acting. THE SOPRANOS was "must watch TV" for us every year it was on. A terrific show, with a terrific cast... Gandolfini first and foremost among them. It was the show that redefined drama on television, proving once and for all the audiences would gladly follow a flawed, grey, violent character, provided he was interesting enough. A ground-breaking show, an important show, it helped define HBO's "brand," and set the tone for many of the great HBO dramas to follow, including DEADWOOD, ROME, THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE... and GAME OF THRONES.

Gandolfini was a fellow Jersey boy and Jets fan as well.

A huge talent. I never knew him, but I will miss him all the same.

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bookish_adw
Jun. 20th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
I miss him
I remember watching every episode of the Soprano, and loving it. Not so much for the violence or the lifestyle he was portraying, but because it was so well written. David Chase captured the italian-american culture perfectly .James Gandolfini was just perfect. I just loved every bit of his character flaws, his gestures, etc. He brought my Jersey -Italian family to life (not the mafia part)right before my eyes. He brought New Jersey to life on the small screen.

Just so sad he is gone. I will always remember him. :(

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