- Gandolfini, sorry!
- TMZ's reporting it, too.
- What's on his iP...
- Heart attack.
- And the Bear community will weep and eat tonight...
- Heart attack. He has the body type. His years of cocaine abuse probably also took their toll.
- Jack Nicholson warned him.
- OMG, now we'll NEVER have a Sopranos movie.. FUCK Galdonfini.. Would losing an easy 50lbs have been so fucking hard?!?!!?
- Variety says sudden stroke.
- Well, they're not going to say "cocaine overdose."
- "OMG, now we'll NEVER have a Sopranos movie"
Something good happened today!
- [quote]OMG, now we'll NEVER have a Sopranos movie
THEY DIE IN THE FINALE, YOU IDIOTS!!!!!!!
- STFU R11. Then go somewhere and die.
- There's gotta be a Paula Deen joke in here somewhere.
- R14 Was he diabetic?
- This thread is NOT sanctioned and nobody named "Gandalfini" died today. Dumbass fucktart couldn't even spell it right. Here's the official thread:
- I TOLD him to go Vegan !
- R16, you are the scary Mary control freak OP of the other thread you linked, where you are also being a dick.
- Larry King: He didn't push back from the table.
- Holy shit. I'm shocked.
- He was so blue that day.
- Loved him as an actor. He was a sexy bear.
RIP Tony Soprano!!!!
- Not to speak ill of the dead - but didn't his wife or ex wife have some kind of an assault suit out against him a couple yrs ago?
- Fade to black.
- Too soon?
- R26, shouldn't you be sweeping up the hair at your station or something?
- I mean it with all sincerity when I say that at least we got what was probably his greatest work before he died. He was not going to surpass Tony Soprano.
- What are you looking at, nosey? Eat your Mannigot.
- I could eat.
- Madonn'! What next?!
- So could I, R31.
- He's in the Apostle Protection Program now.
- Not to worry. Willie "Jack" Degel is ready to step right in and fill them shoes!
- HBO has been showing one episode of The Sopranos every weekday for the past few months. It's great because there isn't much on broadcast television at 8pm that interests me and I had forgotten just how great the show was. Of course, I could watch all of the seasons on HBO GO but I like watching it this way so much more. He really was brilliant in the role of Tony Soprano. So sad to hear this. R.I.P. Jim.
- Is DL in primetime lockdown again? Very few posts on this thread and some very idiotic ones.
- Lockdown has practically ruined this site. Not enough traffic
. Go to reddit - lots of touching posts on his death.
- thanks r12 for the spoiler alert
- I am tempted to make a sarcastic remark about the final scene, particularly the onion rings . . . but I guess it's too soon.
- [quote]What's on his iP...
This one, for starters
- Was he married?
- Don't stop belie-
- He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lin, a son, Michael, and an 8-month-old daughter.
- Poor you, Anthony!
- The Giudice's of RHONJ have a show idea!
- An infant and a 13 y.o. That's sad. I hope he had good life insurance. He probably didn't make [italic]that[/italic]much in his career.
- [quote]He probably didn't make thatmuch in his career.
The fuck? Have you heard of The Sopranos? He's worth over $50 million btw
- Why couldn't R13 have died instead?
- A true New Jerseyan- he cussed out my friend who dared to speak to him. My friend said, "hello mr. Gandolfini.
- Don't STOP bereaving . . .
- Normally this thread would have hit 100 by now.
This place is dead.
- I'm still here bitches!
- His last words were, "I'll have a quarter-pounder with that je-lap-eno sauce, two large fries, and some coke."
- R50, He was very nice to me when we shot that last scene in Vegas. Of course one day of shooting had to be cancelled because Jim partied to much the night before. Too bad that now there won't be a Sopranos follow-up movie.
- I don't mean to be disrespectful but I can't believe he was only 51. He looked much older.
Still RIP to a wonderful actor.
- He had one memorable part.
- “He was a genius,” said “Sopranos” creator David Chase. “Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.”
- I was holding out hope for a Sopranos movie. Damnit! At least I still have Carm in Nurse Jackie.
- Same here, r56. I was surprised to learn he was only 51, I assumed he was at least 10 years older than that. I can't believe he was only 36(!) when The Sopranos started.
- Do you feel good being so small, R57?
- I thought the movie never ends?
- I makes me sad.
- I thought he was about 51. I also thought he probably used cocaine.
I did want to see Tony die but I really thought the actor was great.
- Maybe they wanted to get the focus off Michael Hastings.
- I went to high school with his first wife Marcy. He cheated on her and just dumped her and their son for this other woman
- Why cocaine? (Don't know much about him btw.)
- [quote] I went to high school with his first wife Marcy. He cheated on her and just dumped her and their son for this other woman
He was only married to her for a few years when he dumped her. I remember hearing he got married and then hearing very soon after that he'd left for another woman.
- Too sad to discuss with the heartless of Data Lounge.
- R69, he came into fame and fortune playing a cold-blooded killer on a show that glorified mindless violence in a society that is plagued with the same. We could feel smug about his early demise together if it would make you feel any better.
- He was fantastic as Tony Soprano, but he never clicked in any other role. He was terrible in that prison movie with Robert Redford.
- [quote]a show that glorified mindless violence
Have you ever even seen the show?
- Crying as I type this
- R70, The theme of The Sopranos was that no one is all good or all bad, and that good vs evil is a very simplistic concept. Listen to those who grew up in the gritty parts of cities, where government employees are sometimes just as corrupt and immoral as the members of the Mob. "Hello" to the County Sheriff getting $100,000 yearly "gift" from the Scienos.
- Dump his body in Red Hook!
- Damn r70, nice sharp bitch-slap. Yes who will they get for the fat asshole roles now? Being both a tub of lard, and cunty, is such a rare combination.
- Is this really happening? How can nobody be talking about the open secret of JG's homosexuality? Everyone knew he was gay!
- Sadly, like some others that have already posted, I was more shocked by his age too.
- He was a terrific actor who had a massive addiction to cocaine, which he'd been using daily since the first year of SOPRANOS.
His heart and arteries were time bombs ready to explode.
Now, watch that fucking bitch of a first wife try to cash in. He always referred to her as "that greedy cunt". She'll claim it's for their son, Michael.
"poor fucking you".
- For some reason, I thought he used a lot of coke and no one should use coke after 40, IMO.
I don't know. He did deserve his Emmys.
- He used coke that much, and was still that fat? Something smells, and it ain't Carmella's cooch
- He disrespected the Bing
- Crazy Mary at R16 just bumped a three month old thread of his with a similar title to his failed "dead to me" Gandolfini thread.
- Can't anybody spell that sorry bastard's name?
- [quote]I don't mean to be disrespectful but I can't believe he was only 51. He looked much older.
I agree. I assumed he was more like 61.
- He was my ultimate tough guy daddy fantasy in The Mexican, an otherwise horrible film.
- [quote]He had the sex appeal of Steve McQueen or Brando in his prime
Yeah fucking right!
- Voted Best Looking in high school...
- And it was a fast downhill slide from there, R88.
He looked terrible for 51, and the dick is anything but impressive.
- James had the sex appeal of a potato. Best looking in high school? Who gives a fuck, he obviously wasn't anything close to hot.
- Very sad. If only he'd lost a little weight and ate better.
- Lived at 99 Jane when Sopranos began. Later moved to 429 Greenwich Street in TRiBeCA. Now lives outta town, still owns the apartment.
- As a comparison, look at the pictures in the Greg Louganis thread from that recent show 'Splash'. Louganis is a very put together 53 (and also probably could've been best looking in high school).
I guess more guys in their 50's look like Gandolfini
- He was born at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ which closed a few years ago and was recently reopened.
Anyone here go to high school with him in Park Ridge?
- r92, he "lived" outta town, in Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.
- "The Sopranos" certainly didn't do any favors for the Italian American community in regards to stereotype perpetuation. I wonder how they feel about American Mafia movies in Italy.
- [quote]Voted Best Looking in high school...
I heard he was voted "Class Flirt"
- From watching the clips they were showing on the morning shows I had forgotten how sexy he was in the first seasons of the show. By the end not so much. Amzing iconic performance though. He and Edie were untouchable.
- Edie Falco is 'devastated' by the actor's death.
She tells USA TODAY she isn't doing any interviews regarding her Sopranos co-star's death, but says in a statement:
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family."
She goes on to say she will forever "hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
- James Gandolfini, whose portrayal as a brooding and conflicted crime boss during six seasons of The Sopranos made him a household name, had just finished a "marvelous" day with his family in Rome when he suffered what appeared to be a massive heard attack late Wednesday, dying on the way to the hospital in an ambulance.
Gandolfini, 51, was touring Italy ahead of a weekend appearance at Sicily's Taormina Film Festival, where he was scheduled to receive an award Saturday and participate in a round table conversation on American cinema with film director Gabriele Muccino and actress Marisa Tomei.
Mario Sesti, Taormina's artistic director, said he spoke to Gandolfini late Wednesday local time.
"He was so happy to be in Italy, to reconnect with his Italian roots, and he was very excited to come here and receive this award," Sesti said, adding that the festival planned to change Saturday's round table discussion to an homage to Gandolfini including film clips of many of his best-known roles.
The festival hosted a separate round table discussion with actress Meg Ryan Thursday, and though Gandolfini was not mentioned, many of those in attendence said they were shocked by the news of the actor's death.
"It seems impossible that he died here in Italy and at such a young age," said Maria Rosa Catanese, 21, a student at Thursday's discussion.
Added Vito Brambati, 22, another student: "I was looking forward to seeing him Saturday. He was a great actor and he had many more great roles to play. It's a tragedy."
Gandolfoni's parents were both born in Italy, though the actor himself was a native of New Jersey.
Gandolfini was traveling with his wife, Deborah Lin, nine-month-old daughter Liliana, 13-year-old son Michael, among other family members. News reports said it was Michael who alerted hotel staff after the heart attack.
"We all had a marvelous day together, and when he returned to the hotel Jimmy [Gandolfini] went to the bathroom and that is where something happened," Tom Richardson, Gandolfini's assistant, said in a statement. "His sister said he was still alive when the ambulance took him away."
Claudio Modini, director of the emergency room at Rome's Policlinico Umberto I, the largest and one of the best-equipped hospitals in Rome, said the hospital received the emergency call at 9 p.m. local time. He said Gandolfini did not respond to efforts to treat him and he was pronounced dead around 40 minutes after arrival at the hospital.
"We were alerted by the director of the Boscolo Hotel Exedra and sent two ambulances," Modini said in a statement. "They arrived within eight minutes. They tried to revive Mr. Gandolfini, [who was] in cardiac arrest, [and] was already critical. Efforts to restart his heart at the hospital went on for 40 minutes, with no effect. He was pronounced dead at 10:40 p.m."
The hospital said it would conduct an autopsy, but that all indications are that the actor died of a massive heart attack.
- Hot Italian Daddy-bear. EXACTLY my type.
- Edie Falco "the love affair between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest ever known" WTF????? He cheated on her left and right.
- He consistently cheated on her, but he seemed to loved her.
I wouldn't characterize that as "great" however.
- When I heard he died in Italy for some reason the first thing that came to my mind was the line "thank God you didn't die in Italy" from Beetlejuice.
Actually, I never understood that line. What would happen to you in the afterlife if you died in Italy?
- Yea really? She wanted him dead a couple of times.
- Edie Falco may have been talking more about the intensity of the relationship between those two characters.
Sad to hear of his death.
- The things that made their fictional relationship fun for Falco as an actor are bound to be the things nobody would want in a relationship.
- Yeah, R91, I have to say one of the first things I thought of is that Christie must be shitting* at this news!
*inadvertent lapband side effect reference
- Was he really a cokehead? I just read an article in GQ about how he would disappear for days from the set. Sounds like a cokehead. Also I think his first wife put it out there too.
- The Italians I know love them, R96. They don't really identify with the American Italians in the way you are implying. But they see them as something like a wild, trashy but interesting cousin.
- It was really only a matter of time from the looks of him:
[quote]Atlanta man may've taken last pic of James Gandolfini before death:
- "Jimmy went to the bathroom and that is where something happened".
Where most coke addicts go when they're with family and truly believe the family is clueless.
Wonder if the Italians will do the autopsy and do toxicology tests?
- I had such a huge crush on him since I first saw a pic in the paper when The Sopranos started. He was my ultimate type and I was kind of obsessed. I feel bad for his kids and family. I don't know why his new wife got pregnant when she's in her 40's and he was 50 and unhealthy.
- Admittedly naive, but why didn't the producers on The Sopranos, or on his later shows, send him to rehab? I can't see how an actor can function doing daily coke, especially when he's the star on a demanding show.
- He did go to rehab. People who knew him discussed it on the Today Show, this morning. And of how he would disappear for days.
- R115, Thanks, I didn't know that. So sad that it wasn't a permanent solution. Is that why they never made The Sopranos movie? I'm sure it affected his relationships.
- Jesus, he looks dead already in that pic.
- [quote] Edie Falco "the love affair between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest ever known" WTF????? He cheated on her left and right.
He really disrespected her. He "loved" her because she was the mother of his children. He loved the power he had over her. When she wanted a divorce, he went out of his way to torment and isolate her. Not because he "loved" her but because he wanted to show her that he could easily exert his power over her and leave her penniless and friendless. And maybe dead.
- What R71 and R74 said.
- He looks like he's been hitting the booze a lot and for a long time in that pic.
- What we know about the booger sugar could have saved his life.
- He only did coke to maintain his girlish figure
- Reminds me of Elvis
- My friend who is a fireman/first responder said a majority of heart attacks happen on the toilet.
Not related, but the oddest scene he has encountered was a young guy who died on the floor of his living room on top of a blow up doll with a Sears catalog opened to the bra section.
- [quote] The theme of The Sopranos was that no one is all good or all bad, and that good vs evil is a very simplistic concept
There were good characters in the Sopranos.
The cop played by Charles S Dutton. The psychiatrist recommended to Carmela by Melfi. Charmane Bucco. These characters were moralistic. But they weren't easy people. Their lives and the lives of those around them would have been easier if they were less moral. They were tough people. Tougher than Tony because they didn't bend their morals.
I think the theme of the Sopranos was that it is far tougher to be a good person than it is to be a tough person.
- Gigi Cestrone died on the can in his social club. At his wake, Tony told the guys, "That's how Elvis died, ya know."
I remember because at the time I worked on a heart surgery team and used to caution patients to take a stool softener and not to strain on the toilet because, "that's how Elvis died."
- I am really saddened by this news.
He didn't just play Tony Soprano he was
Perhaps the best performance by an actor
in the history of televison.
- I was obsessed with him during the Sopranos. Especially first season Tony...so freaking hot!
As he put on weight, I was still obsessed, although, not as attracted.
- Could have gotten a blood clot on the plane. Had a one year old so no sleep. Drink may interfere with your body's ability to sound the alarm....
- You know, why in the fuck would a 51 year old man want a one year old? It's damn stupid.
- I don't think that's true, R125. Instead, I think those who appear to be on the good side--politicians, corporate leaders, etc,--can be just as evil as the gangsters, if not more so.
Same thing goes for The Wire.
There is definitely "good" and "evil". Evil is any behavior that puts profit/status/power ahead of humanity. Good is obviously the opposite.
- I think Cheney, Rove, Bush and Rumsfeld are just as evil as Hitler was and certainly more evil them most gangsters. Although I assume they are all sociopaths.
- Did people who knew him really rat him out about the coke? I'm a little surprised.
When Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife...he had secrets but no one ratted him out. Times have changed.
- What does his beloved co-star from "Welcome to the Rileys", Kristen Stewart, have to say about his passing?
- Could it have been a disgruntled fan of the Soprnaos who wanted closure.
- [quote]Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife
I did not know this.
- At LEAST Falco made a statement...
A Ledger fan who never forgets...
- The REASON Edie said what she said is this:
"James Gandolfini Dead: ‘Sopranos’ Actor Was In Love With Edie Falco, Television Wife, While Married To Deborah Lin
James Gandolfini, the "Sopranos" actor who died of a massive heart attack in Italy on Wednesday, admitted in an interview last year that he was in love with Edie Falco, who played his wife Carmela on the show, even though he was married to actress Deborah Lin.
June 19, 2013 9:11 PM EDT | 9 EMAIL PRINT
[James Gandolfini admitted in an interview last year that he was in love with Edie Falco, who played his wife Carmela on the show, even though he was married to actress Deborah Lin.]
James Gandolfini admitted in an interview last year that he was in love with Edie Falco, who played his wife Carmela on the show, even though he was married to actress Deborah Lin.
James Gandolfini, the "Sopranos" actor who died of a massive heart attack in Italy on Wednesday, admitted in an interview last year that he was in love with Edie Falco, who played his wife Carmela on the show, even though he was married to actress Deborah Lin.
"I'm still in love with Edie. Of course, I love my wife, but I'm in love with Edie," James Gandolfini said in the interview with Vanity Fair.
"I don't know if I'm in love with Carmela or Edie or both. I'm in love with her."
But James Gandolfini wasn't the only "Sopranos" star who caught feelings on the show.
Falco also admitted that she had feelings for James Gandolfini and that six seasons on the "Sopranos" brought the two together.
"It was weird to sit down at a table and read with the actresses playing Tony's girlfriends. Occasionally I would get a sharp twinge at the back of my neck," Falco told Vanity Fair.
"Even years later, I remember when I saw Jim in 'God of Carnage' on Broadway, and he was Marcia Gay Harden's husband, and I had this 'How come I have to be OK with this?' kind of feeling."
James Gandolfini married Lin, known for her role in "Red Shoe Diaries," in 2008 - they had their wedding in Hawaii.
Lin never publically commented on James Gandolfini's relationship with Falco.
The New Jersey-bred actor leaves behind his wife and two children. "
- [quote]I think the theme of the Sopranos was that it is far tougher to be a good person than it is to be a tough person.
The theme of "The Sopranos" was the same as for "Moby-Dick": "Always be yourself."
- [quote]As a comparison, look at the pictures in the Greg Louganis thread from that recent show 'Splash'. Louganis is a very put together 53 (and also probably could've been best looking in high school).
Isn't it a surprise how lifelong professional athletes look so much better than ordinary people!
- [quote] don't think that's true, [R125]. Instead, I think those who appear to be on the good side--politicians, corporate leaders, etc,--can be just as evil as the gangsters, if not more so.
Umm, if they "appear" to be on the good side but are evil, them they are not good.
Jesus, people are fucking stupid nowadays. . "The good characters aren't good if they are just as evil as gangsters.."
- [quote] You know, why in the fuck would a 51 year old man want a one year old? It's damn stupid.
Ask Elton John
- [quote] There is definitely "good" and "evil". Evil is any behavior that puts profit/status/power ahead of humanity. Good is obviously the opposite.
The characters in R125's post are good. They're not evil people who pretend to be good. They have morals and they come right and out say what those morals are. They put moral behavior above profit. The cop would neither be intimidated by not take any kind if payoff, bribe or phony no-show job from Tony.
The psychiatrist came straight out and told Carmela her life was immoral and her children were in danger. He told her to take her children and leave the marriage. He refused to take payment for the therapy session from Xarmela because he would not take blood money.
Charmaine tells Artie repeatedly that it is better to work hard at a legitimate business and make less money and have less power than gangsters.
None of those characters pretends to be good while being evil or seeking illegitimate profit or power. David Chase put good characters in The Sopranos and they sometimes suffered for being good, moral people. But they never wavered. They would rather be who they are than gain money and power illegitimately.
If you missed that those characters were actually good people with a strong moral character, you should get a neurological checkup.
- Are you joking, R136? You really didn't know Hartman was murdered by his wife?
By the way Elton can be a pretty foolish guy. Old people should not actually be raising children...unless they are grandparents and have no other choice.
- He looks handsome in this pic a few hours before he died.
- All these people calling him a genius and a great actor got me to wondering if either is really true of Gandolfini, or was he simply a good actor who was cast in a role perfectly suited for his looks, voice and personality?
- Indirectly he appears to have been done in by his own success. Having the money and freedom to do anything you want causes a lot of people to destroy themselves.
I recall a sad but slightly comical article in the National Enquirer in which Vic Tayback's grieving loved ones claimed that he pretty much ate himself into an early grave on a daily diet of Deep-Fried Scallops with buckets of tartar sauce.
- Perfect actor for that role, R146.
From Alan Sepinwall:
Much of the credit for the show, and the character, comes from "Sopranos" creator David Chase, but Chase has said that Tony wasn't fully-formed until Gandolfini was cast in the role.
The Jersey-born Gandolfini was one of three finalists for the role, along with fellow character actor Michael Rispoli and E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt. Van Zandt was eliminated quickly, but as then-HBO president Chris Albrecht told me when I interviewed him for my book, the show could have gone in two different directions based on the final choice.
"Rispoli was great," Albrecht explained. "He was funnier than Jimmy, just because of the normal rhythms that he had. And we talked about it, and David said, ‘It’s a very different show if you put Rispoli in it or Jimmy in it, but the show I envisioned is the show that’s got Jimmy in it. It’s a much darker show with Jimmy in it.’ I think we sat with that for a moment. ‘Dark’ is not really a word you ever want to go for in television, but the other one was ‘more real.’ So we cast Jimmy.”
- [quote]“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is EASY that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
It's easy to be bad, to do evil, not so easy to do good. That's why the scum rises to the top because they have very little conscience, if any, therefore can do whatever it takes to climb the ladder.
Just think how much you could accomplish in this world without a conscience.
- In other words, our worldly structure is set up to reward those without conscience, while persecuting those who truly follow their conscience or the path of love.
evil = opposite of live.
- Ray Liotta was the number one choice to play Tony Soprano. With Lorraine Bracco to play Carmela, reunited both from Good Fellas
Ray turned it down stating he did not want to commit to a television series. And Lorraine wanted to play the shrink, as she felt she had already done that part (in Good Fellas)
- Greg Louganis looks like warmed over shit in that picture. Great body but BUSTED face. Don't know why everyone is gushing that he looks so good. That being said, Gandolfini looks already DEAD in those pics. Fat, fat, fat, fat and bloated.
Louganis has HAD to watch his health due to his HIV status. Not all athletes age well. MOST DON'T. They get fat, thick and all their joints are worn to hell. Years of athletic endeavor take a TOLL on the body, not enhance it and prime it for old age. At least some sports work that way. Football players are the worst, I would think.
I bet Gandolfini died for some of the same reasons as that article on Vic Tayback indicated HE died. A life of excess and not enough focus on health. Any doctor would have been on him to lose that fat.
It's a miracle that John Goodman has not dropped like a stone.
Drew Carey LOST his poundage after a big health scare.
- The media always mentions if a celeb dies, while thousands more die everyday get ignore... It's like they are saying his life or a celebs life is more of vaule than let's say your neighbors or your parents. What i'm saying mya not be popular but it's hard not to notice the contradiction.
- R153, Notice how much of the media discussion is if his death could have been prevented? It's another way for the health police to get their message across.
- There is no way anyone would consider Liotta and Bracco for Tony and Carmela. They already played a couple in an iconic mob film. And Liotta was perfect as a half- Italian hanger-on, Henry Hill . He would not have been a good Tony S. Tony smacked heads together. Liotta did not have that kind of physical presence. Rispoli did. It makes sense that Rispoli was considered.
- R155 that is who HBO wanted at the beginning
This was confirmed in Lorraine Bracco autobiography
- Is no one else going to have another cannoli with me? C'mon, mangia, mangia! Live a little!
- Sometimes I don't know what to say other than people die. I don't know him or his family personally so it would be a lie to say i'm sad or upset. I don't know what the media wants out of the public sometimes when they announce someone famous dies. Like, stop what you doing and cry? Anyone else very thought about that?
- Drug addicts are notoriously negligent about using birth control.
- [quote] I don't know what the media wants out of the public sometimes when they announce someone famous dies. Like, stop what you doing and cry?
It is a slow news week
- R146, do you remember the Soprano's Kevin Finnerty Dream episode? It sucked except for Gandolfini's performance. He really could do so much more than gangsters but those were the only roles he got.
- [quote]It was an abortion. An abortion, Jimmy. Just like our engagement is an abortion. Something that's unholy and evil. I didn't WANT your son, Jimmy! I wouldn't bring one of you sons into this world! It was an abortion, Jimmy! It was a son Jimmy! A son! And I had it killed because this must all end!
- He was incredibly supportive of the troops, especially those who returned without limbs. Jake Tapper just interviewed one veteran on CNN now. He said James G. even gave him his personal cell phone number after the project ended.
After seeing so much death, now they are mourning the loss of the "star" they personally knew who helped them.
- Sweet, but interesting story at BG.
Is Ace trying to suggest something?
- Someone find out who Ace is, from that! If Ace is who he says he is, of course.
- As Tony Soprano's daughter, Meadow, on the hit HBO series The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn Sigler developed a close relationship with James Gandolfini.
Following the news of his sudden death of a heart attack at age 51 on Wednesday, Gandolfini's former TV daughter has released a statement to USA TODAY :
"This news has left me heartbroken. I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael, and Liliana."
"I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors, yes, but more importantly, one of the greatest men," she continues. "Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so honored that I was an up close witness to his greatness."
- Maybe he was kind of like Chris Farley?
And yes, it's a miracle that John Goodman is still alive because he's done a lot of drugs and drinking.
- I remember seeing a promo for The Sopranos before it aired and it was described as a comedy! I wonder if seriously considering casting Michael Rispoli because he was funnier was the different direction Chase was talking about? The show certainly had moments of levity. When I watched The Pines for the first time I thought it was one of the funniest episodes of any show on television, but I would never describe the Sopranos as a comedy. And I could never imagine anyone else in the role of Tony Soprano. If this was the only role he ever played it would still be something to be proud of. You just have to go back to the first season to see how the character evolved. He didn't even talk with a Jersey accent in the first few episodes! David Chase may have created the character of Tony Soprano but the choices Gandolfini made as an actor to fully realize the character is why some people are calling him genius. Bottom line, it was a great show and he was a pleasure to watch. You can't ask anything more of an actor than to be entertaining. He certainly was that.
- [quote] David Chase may have created the character of Tony Soprano but the choices Gandolfini made as an actor to fully realize the character is why some people are calling him genius. Bottom line, it was a great show and he was a pleasure to watch. You can't ask anything more of an actor than to be entertaining. He certainly was that.
It was such the perfect melding of character and actor that when I see him in those twitter shots I think "there's tony soprano in italy".
- r164 Is ACE a guy? Out of the closet?
Have to say this blind is the most compelling thing BlindGossip has ever printed to make me think the person behind it doesn't live in a basement somewhere in the flyovers.
- [quote]It was such the perfect melding of character and actor that when I see him in those twitter shots I think "there's tony soprano in italy".
That's it exactly.
- I think the Sopranos really did start out as a black comedy. Tony was funny ("I have a semester and a half of college!") The goombahs sat around imitating Godfather characters. Michael Imperioli (Spider) shot the bakery guy in the foot, reenacting a scene he played in Goodfellas.
The whole premise of the show was funny. A mobster is beset with the same modern American problems as everyone else. His kids don't respect him. His wife fantasizes about the parish priest. His ducks migrate after he makes a cozy home for them, buys them birdseed, feathers their nest, so to speak.
He has problems at work -- he has to make sure his underlings respect him; he has to beat up guys to get his money or he'll get stiffed. He takes care of leasing the family cars, building the house, cleaning the pool, running card games, running the Bing, beating the shit out of deadbeats, making enough money for the kids college educations and to support his in-laws, his mother and his uncle Joon -- and he gets no respect! His mother tells him, "Poor you!" She and his Uncle Joon repay Tony by trying to kill him.
So he has panic attacks. The head of the mob is having panic attacks and has to see a shrink.
The first two seasons were kind of hilarious. "Cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this!"
It was brilliantly funny. But to keep the show going beyond its original comic basis, they had to get more involved in the mob. The psychiatrist wants Tony to do the right thing and leave the life of crime. If Tony is to continue seeing her, then his criminality has to become the focus of the show because it has become the focus of his therapy. Melfi tells him that so long as he runs a criminal outfit he will always have the fear of losing his family -- and not just metaphorically.
So the show took a turn in its viewpoint. Tony stopped being the poor, put-upon schlubby family man who happens to be a mobster. He had to become a kingpin.
- Yep. The part was so iconic that he will always be Tony Soprano. He was good in that Pitt and Roberts POS - the only good thing in that movie.
As I recall, Gandolfini had a big thing for spanking, both giving and receiving. He liked multiple hookers, mountains of coke, extended partying binges and assorted other debaucheries.
I never heard the he enjoyed the homosex but that doesn't mean anything.
It's a shame when good actors die young and shitty actors live forever.
- Does anyone remember Romance and Cigarettes with James, Kate Winslet, Mandy Moore, and Mary Louise Parker?
- [quote] Is Ace trying to suggest something?
Yeah, I'm sure this guy who is basically writing a eulogy for his friend wants you to think he was having sex with him.
- I don't know what you mean, R173...
- Just getting here, has the dick been discussed and any pics. I'm in mourning
- An Italian who drinks and does drugs and loves sex and worked at a bar that had gay/tranny nights...will be open to playing with trannies...trying to suck their dicks and taking their big dicks up his ass since his wasn't that big.
If you've seen a lot of "bears" they mostly have small dicks and I think the reason a lot of guys are really overweight is because of their small dicks and they are upset about it.
- The last photos of him are very sad. He looked to be 65.
- By the end of The Soprano's, I really wanted to see Tony and his wife killed. At first I made excuses for the character but after a few years of Tony, I just wanted to see him dead. I wish the producer had let us see that instead of having to assume his death.
The last thing I saw him in was Cinema Verite(sp). I enjoyed his performance.
- I'm shocked he was younger than I am. I'm half his size, have twice the hair and a fraction of the money.
I'd totally get a personal trainer just so I could look ... neat and clean, you know? Not skinny, not even the perfect weight. A few extra pounds are ok once you hit middle age. Some people want fame but I'd rather have a healthier life.
- That kevin finnerty episode sucked but showed his range.
- It looks like he was in already in trouble in those last pics of him in Italy.
- [quote]Does anyone remember Romance and Cigarettes with James, Kate Winslet, Mandy Moore, and Mary Louise Parker?
I do. I thought he was great in that. A bear of a man, yet he could be tender and sexy.
I think he was a great actor. He carried The Sopranos on his shoulders for ten years. I think Edie Falco once said that James was in the majority of the scenes in every episode. Everyone else had time off but him. And he never played a bad scene. Never.
- What R184 said.
- r184, he was around that life constantly before he became an actor and he came from mob thug central. He also discussed his temper in interviews.
I'm sorry for his friends' and family's loss, but he was a one role actor. People put that whole show on a pedestal, and his reputation benefited greatly from it.
- "Sweet, but interesting story at BG.
Is Ace trying to suggest something?"
You are need a break from Datalounge. I read absolutely no "suggestions" in there at all. I read he was hugely inspired by the movie Mean Streets - if you have ever seen that film, you would know lots of old deep friendships carry on in a similar manner.
- I agree, that role suited him to a tee. Was he the best actor ever? Come on. He was great as Tony, but not as great in other roles.
- My money is on Jack Nicholson biting it next.
- [quote]My money is on Jack Nicholson biting it next.
Biting what, Dorothy?
- I think Gene Hackman, who is older, will be next R189.
- BITING HIS PILLOW, ROSE!
- R 180 - I keep hoping that will happen to Joe & Teresa Guidice. The are like a real life version of Tony & Carmella, and like them, enough is enough. Can't someone make them just disappear ?
- Anyone here see JG in 'God Of Carnage' on Broadway? Memories please if so.
- I could not agree more about Teresa and Joe...just gross.
- I saw God of Carnage in LA and it was really good. He was definitely different than the Tony Soprano character and did a great job.
- I REALLY wanted to see JG in God of Carnage in LA but I was broke. If he had maybe gotten into weight lifting and health, he could have been a leading man, I think. Look at that talentless fat fuck Kevin James. JG did have a cool essence, which NO Hwood actor has at this time.
- I'm really sorry.
- "four shots of rum, two pina coladas, and two beers at dinner with his son - while he chowed down on two orders of fried king prawns and a "large portion" of foie gras"
That was his last meal. I hate to be judgmental but I'm still in the anger phase of my grief.
- The tragedy of this is not especially that he died relatively young but that he left behind a very young family. Dropping dead suddenly from a heart attack is a happy alternative to slowly wasting away. I think, if not for the children, on some level Jim would have wanted it this way. The world is becoming a scary place with its fear of death and obsession with health, exercise and physical perfection. Who gives a fuck! Just live for as Jim proves, tomorrow could be your last day on earth.
- r201 Who are you to call him Jim
- Come on you guys - why so much praise? What about his victims? How many people did he kill or have eliminated?
- what's his kid look like?
- [quote]Come on you guys - why so much praise? What about his victims? How many people did he kill or have eliminated?
He wasn't female.
- R201, I would think that it would be very hard for his loved ones to see someone eat and drink like that way, when he must have been warned by his doctors to be more careful.
- It was terribly hard, oh so terrible hard.
- r206, my point is - he lived. He LIVED. Most people in the west do not live. They merely exist on an false ideal of the future. And one day, that ideal will disintegrate as they too find themselves falling down and dying like the rest of us. Suddenly the perfect body and the perfect diet was all for nothing after all. Nature will reclaim what is hers alone.
- You have valid points R208, but eating 2 helpings of fried prawns with chili mayonnaise and foie gras, preceded and followed by rumshots and beers is not my idea of "living" R208.
- An autopsy has confirmed that James Gandolfini died of a heart attack and natural causes, TVGuide.com has learned. The autopsy states that nothing else was found in the actor's system.
It could take up to 10 days before the actor's body is repatriated to America. The family is hoping to hold a funeral late next week in New York.
- Mine Is Longer than Yours: The last boomer game.
- I've seen those that overindulge die at a very, very young age. They're in tremendous pain beforehand. They're not living a glorious life in the days before their death. They also leave huge scars on their survivors psyche.
- [quote] They also leave huge scars on their survivors psyche.
Poor 13 year old son who found him.
- Yeah, he looked seriously unwell in those last photos. I can't imagine he felt good.
- [quote] The autopsy states that nothing else was found in the actor's system.
Tox reports would not be back yet.
And in Italy, if ou grease the right palms, they would cover that up. It's a lot like Los Angeles
- Once again R209, stop being such an ass.
- R208 is right...trust me, there is seldom a good reason for living a long life. Gandalfini's was a bit too short but living till 80...usually no fun.
- Maybe someone whacked him
- I meant, and still mean, R211 was the ass.
- Picture of his sister Leta Gandolfini here, he's going to be buried in NY.
- R220, I meant, and still mean, that R209 is the anorexic food hater.
- Pic of a young James Gandolfini here, no wonder Chris Christie and him were friends, they looked alike when they were young. I guess that Italian background thing.
- I guess the trophy Asian wife and child were not with him in Italy? No one's mentioned she was there. Interesting, no?
- Still went to his old neighborhood, met with his old friends, ate there too.
- R224, I think OP's link originally showed a photo of him with the entire family in Italy. It's been updated now and the photo is gone. I'm also pretty sure the first version said the family was in the hotel room when he went to the bathroom.
That could all have been wrong and that's why it has been updated.
- Would it be appropriate to ask what will happen to the projects this fine actor was scheduled to complete? Will they ever do another Sopranos movie, perhaps as a tribute?
- How much time did he need off,r184? If I remember correctly,The Sopranos would have a neatly two year hiatus between seasons. That is plenty of down time to indulge in food and drink while cashing huge psychecks.
- [quote] Will they ever do another Sopranos movie, perhaps as a tribute?
THEY ALL DIED IN THE FINALE, DOWNS SYNDROME!
- r226 the paper says that his son found him 3 hours after his meal. The meal with his son. Not the trophy wife & new baby so that makes me go "huhhh", was he having a separate homes thing with her? Wasn't she living in Hawaii and he lived in NYC?
- Several articles stated that he was so excited to go on a "boy's trip" to Italy with his son.
- He just went with his son, for his son's 8th grade graduation. Would you want to take a one year old baby to Italy? Think about it.
- His projects were already completed.
- It's funny, is it traditional to go to Italy for 8th grade graduations? I know another family who went this year for their 8th grader.
- R233, JG didn't have future projects on the horizon? Does insurance cover it?
- [quote] Will they ever do another Sopranos movie, perhaps as a tribute?
Yes, like Pink Panther movies made with outtakes of Peter Sellers!
- [R181] What do you mean do you mean "twice the hair"? It just means you're lucky. Or do you think he should had hair transplants? That would have looked pretty silly when you're that famous and have been balding for so long.
- There have been some reports saying Deborah and the baby were there. Although, I don't know many people who would want to carry around a 9-month old in Rome's heat at this time of year.
He was being honored at a film festival this weekend so they threw in a vacation beforehand.
I think after he was in God of Carnage in LA a few years ago his son liked CA so much that he asked to move there so that is why Gandolfini bought a home there about a year or more ago and his son was going to school in LA. Jim said that "they were trying to make it work" I guess with him also paying for his ex-wife to move to CA since she seems a bit cooky and no other man has married her. I wonder if the ex-wife and current wife will now move in together just so the two kids can live together for a few years before Michael goes to college.
- [R148] Never knew that (or I did I forgot) God, I'm glad Michael Rispoli wasn't cast as Tony, not saying he's a bad actor but I never found him convincing as the acting boss at the beginning of the series.
- r238 "no other man has married her" & "cooky", wtf kind of anti-woman frauish bs is that?
Plenty of gays and lesbians aren't married, and fwiw, Gandolfini had a cheating, drug and alcohol problem when she was married to him.
Maybe she didn't want to bring another man into her child's life? Or maybe she's a lesbian now? WTF WTF WTF!
And you're fucking on Mars if you think the "ex-wife & the current wife will move in together". Where the FUCK DO YOU LIVE? You're fucking IQ is that in the single digits!
- Someone interviewed for the Daily Mail article stated he was showing his baby off to everyone the night those tourist's photos were taken, so it seems as if his wife and baby were there also. I think the incorrect info is the "boys' trip" version that's going around.
- [R132] How original. I think you have to be a bit soft in the head to truly believe that. Bush doesn't really seem evil to me, misguided perhaps, but not evil.
- [quote] Not the trophy wife & new baby
What's with the "trophy wife" shit? It's not like the widow is some 22-year-old bimbo or something. She's 45 years old, and reasonably attractive, but not a supermodel--seems like a pretty ordinary,non-"trophy" choice of partner.
- r243 read. She was a model. That is a trophy, duh.
Also way taller than him and skinnier, the kind he wouldn't have gotten without his fame & money.
- r240/r244/many other posts is so concerned about people being "anti-frauish" yet keeps claiming his wife was a trophy.
Claiming Gandolfini couldn't have gotten her to agree to marry him if he wasn't rich and famous. You're very anti-man, and also anti-woman if you think she only married him for his fame and money.
Go see a psychiatrist.
- In that Blindgossip story I bet Ace is Lenny Loftin. I read they were roommates back in the early 90's.
- Did you see that photo of his dick, R245? That's when I knew it was the money.
- She's only 6 years younger than he, r244, and was already 40 years old and a *former* model by the time he married her. And a guy like Gandolfini is pretty much guaranteed to have a wife skinnier than he is, regardless of her other attributes. I would not characterize his widow as a true trophy wife.
- Haha, 247, but that is irrelevant. Straight chicks do not choose their husbands for their dicks.
- What dick picture? the one posted here is obviously fake.
- If it's her first marriage, maybe not, R249. In subsequent marriages sexual satisfaction is more of a concern. Younger women are able to convince themselves they can make do, but older women don't bother with those mental gymnastics.
He was a bad combination, an obese cocaine and alcohol abuser who had bouts of uncontrollable anger and a history of cheating.
That's not something a 40 year old woman would walk into with her eyes wide open unless there was going to be a hell of a payoff somewhere.
- LOL at the totally delusional posters who discuss what straight girls seek in a man. The only ones that I know of that care about dick size are very immature. It has absolutely nothing to do with skill at making love.
Many girls accept that most men who have anything at all going for them cheat constantly. Plenty stay married to those that abuse alcohol and drugs, especially if they came from a family where members indulged. Obviously mood swings or anger issues is common as well.
Sadly I know of ladies who won't even leave those that physically abuse them, always gamble the whole rent check, and don't work at all. Hopefully in the future women will learn to accept being single, rather than to stay with a less than desirable man.
- The dick pic was obviously photoshopped.
I always looked for a bulge and never saw one on him.
- R252, you might be surprised how many straight women there are on DL. It could be a mistake to assume you're arguing with a gay man.
- To me, when people are responsible for the deaths of thousands, upon thousands...those people are truly evil. How could you think otherwise...ignorant twat.
I think Cheney, Rove, Bush and Rumsfeld are just as evil as Hitler was and certainly more evil them most gangsters. Although I assume they are all sociopaths.
- New York funeral scheduled for late next week. Parents are buried in Mahwah, New Jersey.
- [R255] So the guys who started the relatively small-time Iraq and Afghanistan wars are as bad as the guy who started WORLD WAR TWO which killed tens of millions, not to mention the holocaust?
- YES R257
- [quote]my point is - he lived. He LIVED. Most people in the west do not live. They merely exist on an false ideal of the future.
I guess you've asked a number of booze and drug addicts and their families, and confirmed that what they were doing was LIVING!?
You're a fucking loon.
- I read in a,newspaper that John Travolta has been reaching out to his family, trying to help as Gandolfini helped him when he lost his son.
Was Gandolfini a Scieno?
- omg, travolta does that every time a celebrity dies. it's creepy.
- Gandolfini was a great actor but every character he ever played reminded me of someone who would have terrible skidmarks in his underwear.
- [quote]So the guys who started the relatively small-time Iraq and Afghanistan wars are as bad as the guy who started WORLD WAR TWO which killed tens of millions, not to mention the holocaust?
In a word: yes.
- [quote] So the guys who started the relatively small-time Iraq and Afghanistan wars are as bad as the guy who started WORLD WAR TWO which killed tens of millions, not to mention the holocaust?
Yes. Hitler did not get away with his crimes. These guys will live long, wealthy lives of power and leisure.
- Primetime is so fucked up. Anyways, the trophy-wife Deborah Lin was caught by TMZ shopping, texting and not looking miserable 2 days after JG's death.
She was never in Italy with him, unlike what r241 said. She was a cold fish.
Link will be to TMZ.
- That's shitty. Her face is swollen. She could betexting undertakers and shopping for a funeral dress fuck TMZ and fuck you
- r260 His father was friends with John Travolta's father.
- No, his father was not "friends with" Revolta's father. His father bought tires from Revolta's father.
- The first wife went to Italy, so did the sister, I guess this Hawaiian cunt would rather shop.
- The first wife probably went to collect their son. You're really looking for someone to hate, huh?
- Deborah Lin was not in Italy with JG r270
- r260, the Travolta and Gandolfini families knew each other in Bergen County. Jimmy's father bought tires from John's father's business.
- Gandolfini spent a week in Florida with the Travoltas after Jett died. They worked on several movies together over many years.
r265 who also wrote nasty comments at 268, 269, and 271, why are you such an asshole? There have been reports that she was there. And if she wasn't, is it so hard to believe that they didn't think it was a good idea to be bringing a 9-month old baby to Italy in the summer heat?
She was shopping for outfits for the funeral. It's not like she's in full makeup, smiling, and trying on lingerie.
- [quote]is it so hard to believe that they didn't think it was a good idea to be bringing a 9-month old baby to Italy in the summer heat?
It's Rome, not a swamp in Congo. Geez.
- [quote]If you've seen a lot of "bears" they mostly have small dicks and I think the reason a lot of guys are really overweight is because of their small dicks and they are upset about it.
And all of that weight makes their dicks appear to be even smaller.
- Change your rag R274 your bullshit is giving me toxic shock.
- Get some help, R276.
- Change your cunt plug R277 and stop rimming unwashed assholes.
- I eat shit with pleasure!
- R279 raped little boys with Sandusky and Jackson!
- Talk about writing nasty comments r280 also wrote r278 r276 r273 & is all over this thread defending Gandolfini's nasty Asian whore who married him for money, obviously. It's fine with me, he married her for her looks, and she banged out an IVF child RECENTLY to keep the dosh coming, even though he has always been a drunk, druggie (but wonderful actor in the S).
Fine, IDC, but there's going to be a big fight about the money, and though I think he's rich I don't think he's that rich, and she definitely married him for the cash.
Again, fine, w/e, but it's pretty obvious.
- r281, you have mental issues. Seriously.
Hundreds of people have said that Gandolfini was a great guy, smart, funny, kind, generous, etc. What woman wouldn't want that in a husband? You call his wife "nasty Asian whore" shows that you're a racist, sexist, lunatic. Seriously. Don't ever forget that you are a true low-life. I would be shocked if you are in a relationship and if you are I pity the person who has to deal with you because you are the definition of nasty not his wife.
- Sorry but Gandolfini's wife should have the fucking brains not to be out and about wearing shorts while shopping at Bloomingdale's - all across the country people are expressing their deep shock and sadness on the internet - and she is going about her life as if NOTHING happened.
I am certainly not saying he has to be in black from head to toe, but come on. She - via her actions as demonstrated in the photos - certainly conform to the stereotype of the cold, money-grubbing golddigger.
- r282=one of the UNWANTED FUCKED UP FLYOVER FRAUS defending the golddigging whore.
- Someone who worked on the crew of The Sopranos told me a great story about Gandolfini. He had made a $1000 bet about something with the kid who played his son. The kid won the bet. Gandolfini showed up on set the day later with a huge jar containing a thousand dollars...in pennies. He said to the kid "You'd better count it, Jr."
- He came to work with 2000 rolls of pennies? In a jar? Huh.
- He also gave $33,333 to 15 or 16 actors after he got his big raise.
- An old obese unhealthy man dies... Yep shocker there.
- I'm trying to synthesize what I've read upthread: warm, caring guy noted for generosity; shitheel to first wife; gave the performance of a lifetime; over-indulged on every level. It's a shame he's gone but he led the life he wanted and obviously could have been more cautious about his health if it mattered. Have a beer and watch one of his movies or your favorite Sopranos episode in his honor.
- His wife was in Italy and returned to the US after his death, per articles online. She was probably shopping for funeral clothes.
- TMZ is evil. Let's not forget that
- If she had any smarts, she would have arranged to use a personal shopper. Thing is, she'll fade into oblivion in two weeks' time so who cares?
- Oh I think wife # 1 and wife # 2 will not let him go gently into that good night. At least one has to write a book - the interest in his death is too huge - look at the difference between the coverage of his death vs Esther Williams - who would be Marilyn-like today had she died in 1953 instead of 2013.
- A little odd how much coverage celebrity deaths get in this day and age. He was an actor mostly known for one role. An actor, nothing more.
- R294, JG sadly has become the reverse "poster child" for the Obamas' focus on health and physical fitness. The paps are using his death as a national warning sign. Easier to talk about a celeb who had the funds to hire personal trainers, enter high end rehab/spas, buy over-priced diet meals, than the average schulb.
JG was very charming and flirtatious when I met him, working on The Sopranos finale. I can definitely see his appeal to girls. Didn't have any "celebrity airs" whatsoever. Just regret there was never a Sopranos movie as promised. Would have loved playing a female assassin.
- TV report said by the end of the series he was making a million dollars an episode.
- r293: You can hardly compare his death to Esther Williams. Esther was at the height of her stardom 50 years ago so of course there is little interest in her now, esp. on a site that mostly caters to the under 50 group.
How much interest would there be in Gandolfini if he had died 40 years from now?
- I just watched the Inside the Actors Studio interview with him and I can understand why he didn't like giving interviews. Even with an old pro like Lipton asking the questions and an audience of adoring actors, writers and directors he had very little to contribute about the art of acting or his own career. I don't offer that up as a criticism. He was obviously a humble guy who thought he got lucky. He did seem to open up more when he was just taking questions from the students but he appeared to have real doubts about his talent.
- Who would have been in the Sopranos movie r295? The ghosts of Tony and the rest of his crew?
- R299, Since the concept of a Sopranos movie was discussed with me when they were filming the final episode, I presume they'd do a prequel or a fantasy sequence in which the characters didn't really die.
- David Chase has said he would like to explore more about Tony's father.
- Believe it or not, women would be able to fall in love with Gandalfini...could he love them? I don't know.
- There are many different types of marriages with various expectations between the parties involved.
- Bravo just replayed his ACTOR'S STUDIO appearance from 2004 ...tremendous!
Long live Tony Soprano!!!
- [R264] So using that logic, OJ Simpson is as bad as Jeffrey Dahmer?
- Larry King has been on or will be on every daytime talk show, every nighttime talk show and every entertainment news show, as well as CNN, to talk about James Gandolfini. Jimmy's untimely death has been a boon for the old cocker's career. What makes him an expert on all things Gandolfini? He's also managing to slip in some plusg for his internet show while eulogizing his good friend. He looks like the creepy Crypt Keeper for Christ's sake. Larry, Regis and Babwa should start a singing group and call it The Wheezing Weezels.
- The Sopranos started as a black comedy but they needed to change focus when Nancy Marchand died. That's when Tone got really mean.
- His funeral tomorrow, will stars be there?
- Funeral coverage. His poor son. I'm sure he was spoiled being the only child for so long and very close to his dad.
- David Chase:
You family asked me to speak at your service and I am so honored and touched.
I’m also really scared and I say that because you of all people understand this, “I would like to run away and then call in four days from now from the beauty parlor.
STORY: James Gandolfini Remembered by David Chase, Other Friends and Family at New York Funeral
I want to do a good job because I love you and because you always did a good job. I think the deal is I’m supposed to speak about the actor artists work part of your life. Others will have spoken beautifully and magnificently about the other beautiful and magnificent parts of you, the father, brother, friend. I guess what I was told was that I’m supposed to speak for your castmates who you loved, your crew that you loved so much, for the people at HBO. … I hope I can speak for all of them and give credit to them and to you.
Experts told me to start with a joke or cite a funny anecdote. “Ha-ha-ha.” But as you yourself so often said, I’m not feeling it. I’m too sad and full of despair. I’m writing to you because I’d partly like to have your advice because I remember how you did speeches. I saw you do a lot of them at award shows and stuff and invariably I think you used to express the thoughts on a sheet of paper and put in your pocket and then not really refer to them. And consequentially, many of your speeches didn’t make sense.
I think that could happen except in your case it didn’t matter that it didn’t make sense because the feeling was real, the feeling was real, the feeling was real. I can’t say that enough.
I tried to write a traditional eulogy, but it came out bad. So I’m writing you this letter and now I’ m reading that letter in front of you. But it is being done to and for an audience that will give the funny opening a try. I hope it is funny. It is to me and I know it is to you.
One day towards the end of the show…season four or five…we were on the set shooting a scene and it was you and Stevie van Zandt. I think the setup was that Tony had received news of the death of someone and it was inconvenient for him. It said “Tony opens the door angrily and closes it and starts to speak.”
The cameras rolled and you opened the refrigerator door and you slammed it really hard. You slammed it hard enough that it came open again and you slammed it again and it came open again. You kept slamming it and slamming it and slamming it and slamming it and went apeshit on that refrigerator. The funny part for me was, I remember Steven van Zandt – cause the cameras are now going and we have to play this whole five minute scene with the refrigerator door open. And I remember Steven van Zandt just standing there with his lip out and trying to figure out “Well, what should I do first as Silvio, cause he just broke my refrigerator” and then as Steven the actor cause we’re about to play a scene with a refrigerator door open, people don’t do that. And I remember him going over, trying to tinker with the door and it didn’t work.
We finally had to call cut and we tried to fix the refrigerator door and it never really worked because then the gaffer tape showed inside the refrigerator and it was a problem all day long. And I remember you saying “just roll just roll with it. The places it take me too the things that I have to do it’s so dark.” And I remember telling you, “Did I tell you to destroy the refrigerator? Does it say anywhere in the script, ‘Tony destroys refrigerator?’ It says, ‘Tony angrily shuts the refrigerator door.’ That’s what it says. You destroyed the refrigerator door.”
Another memory image of you that comes to mind is very early on, we were shooting in that really hot summer in humid New Jersey and I looked over and you were sitting in an aluminum beach chair with your slacks rolled up to your knees and black socks and black shoes and a damp wet handkerchief on your head. And I remember looking over there and going, “Well, that’s really not a cool look.” Then I was filled with love and I knew then that I was in the right place because I said Wow, I
- From the looks of it, his son is going to wind up the same way if he doesn't do something about his weight.
- Poor kid found his dad in the bathroom, he's gonna need therapy, and not "eat" his emotions. Hopefully he doesn't follow in his father's footsteps.
- Love that Edie Falco was at the funeral, but of course she would be. She was his real true love, and I think he was hers.
- Did they ever go THERE r313 or was it unrequited? I know she had an affair with Stanley Tucci whilr he was married. I think that happened after the show went off the air. The episode where it's a couple of days after she and Tony had pool sex the night of her father's birthday party and she's talking about it with Sil's wife just aired. She's like a teenaged girl talking about her first time. And then the anticipation of seeing him again. She's looks sheepish and slightly embarassed and yet she is so clearly excited about seeing him again and what might happen next. It was so sweet. I wondered if there was something going on between them in real life. I know it's called "acting" but there was something more in those scenes.
- Was it AIDS-related?
- I hope the family told creepy Travolta to fuck off and leave them alone.
- r315 IDK but JG in an interview I saw did sort of allude to the fact that they did. They had so much charisma together.
- Was Robert Iler at the service?
No pics of him there, I'd like to see what he looks like now. He was becoming a handsome young man at the end of Soprano's run.
Michael Imperioli looks like a hermit who lives in the desert.
- I turned on one of the HBOchannels tonight and the Sopranos was on. I swear to god, the scene was Michael Imperioli and Steve Buschemi digging up a grave.
Imperioli (as Christopher): Tony is a heart attack waiting to happen
Buschemi: That's no joke!
Buschemi goes on to tell a joke about the composition of Tony's body being 96% water and the rest is zeppole.
- r320 that makes me sad inside like I want to cry, seriously. I'm really sad about JG.
- he was close in age with brad pitt but looked 61
- I could have sworn Diane Sawyer pronounced his name Gandalf-ini the other night.
- R317: some media mentioned that Robert Iler attended the funeral, but there were no pictures of him.
I played poker with him in Vegas recently, and he was very friendly and chatty.
- No pictures of De Mateo, Sharon Angela (Ro Aprile), Joe Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore) or Frank Vincent (Phil Leotardo). Steve Van Zandt is in Europe on tour with Springsteen. Off topic, around this time last year I was getting a sandwich at an East Village deli and I noticed a woman standing at the counter who looked very familiar. It was only when she started talking to the counterman that I recognized who she was. Unmistakable voice. It was Sharon Angela AKA Rosalie Aprile. She was very friendly and we talked a while, mostly about the neighborhood. She said she was ready to leave the E.V. She said she was tired of the noise and the crowds of rowdy drunks that seemed to be out every night and fantasized about punching one of them. That's how obnoxious she thought they were. I felt the same way although I don't live there anymore, but I did work in the neighborhood for years after moving and she was right.
- I was surprised that Aidan Quinn and his wife were not at the funeral. His wife is Elizabeth Bracco, Lorraine Bracco's sister. She played Marie Spatafore.
- Only so many people could turn up for the funeral...he was a big star.
I've been to an average person's funeral and there was no room in the church.
- Well then R327 maybe they should have held the ceremony @ Yankee Stadium, so the entire cast & maybe a few fans could have paid their respects. #WayTooSoon
- WORLDWIDE COVERAGE: Beloved star ignored doctor’s warning before fateful trip to Italy, and then he checked into a hotel that wasn’t equipped with a defibrillator that could have saved his life!
In an exhaustive investigation into “The Sopranos” star’s tragic final hours, The ENQUIRER has also learned the 51-year-old actor complained of feeling ill shortly before suffering his fatal heart attack.
Sources say Gandolfini lay on the bathroom floor of his hotel suite for more than 30 minutes before medical help arrived. But by then, it was too late. The man the world knew as TV’s greatest mob boss, Tony Soprano, was dead.
Medical sources say Gandolfini’s biggest mistake was booking a $671-a-night suite at Rome’s posh Boscolo Exedra hotel, which didn’t have a $1,200 defibrillator that could have jump-started his heart.
But insiders say the 6-foot-1 actor – who’s publicly admitted to battling booze and drug addictions – had also packed on 40 pounds, ballooning to nearly 300.
Before leaving his home in Los Angeles, Gandolfini had been warned that his heart could give out at any moment.
“Only hours before James jetted off to Rome, he struggled into a chiropractor’s office,” a close friend of the actor told The ENQUIRER.
“His weight had soared, he was drinking again, and his back was under stress. He was in terrible pain and dreaded the long flight overseas. The chiropractor told James point-blank that he had to stop drinking and go on a serious diet – or else he’d have a heart attack. James didn’t listen – and that’s exactly what happened!”
The ENQUIRER has retraced Gandolfini’s steps in Rome, where he planned to spend three days sightseeing with his son from his first marriage, 13-year-old Michael, before heading to the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.
His sister Leta Gandolfini, 65, joined them after a work trip in France. But second wife Deborah Lin and their 8-month-old daughter Liliana remained in Los Angeles.
ON THEIR FIRST NIGHT IN THE ETERNAL CITY, June 18, Gandolfini and his son dined at the Sabatini restaurant near the Tiber River. The three-time Emmy winner gorged on a large platter of pasta and tomato sauce, and drank Campari and soda and red wine.
They returned to their hotel, where Gandolfini spent over an hour in the bar. He chatted with patrons and staff members, and drank several glasses of red wine before heading to his room, said a hotel source.
The next day, Gandolfini and his son did some sightseeing in sweltering 100-degree heat. At around 7 p.m., they sat down at their hotel’s outdoor restaurant Tazio. Although Gandolfini didn’t realize it, the meal was destined to be his last supper – and it was massive!
The actor consumed at least eight alcoholic drinks – four shots of rum, two beers and two pina coladas, sources say.
He also ate two large orders of fatty pate foie gras, or duck liver, on toast, plus two orders of fried King prawns and squid in a greasy mayonnaise-chili sauce, along with a basket of rolls smeared with a soft cheese and cherries.
“I was shocked. He ate like four men!” a source at the restaurant told The ENQUIRER.
“He looked tired, but he was laughing with other guests and having a great time.”
Gandolfini’s “killer meal” brought his calorie count to 5,000 for the day, according to experts, and The ENQUIRER has learned that shortly after returning to his hotel room with his son, he felt ill.
“James complained to Michael of not feeling well and excused himself to go to the bathroom,” family friend Robert Sottolano – who, along with his wife, lives near the actor’s sister Leta in Westwood, N.J. – told The ENQUIRER.
“When he didn’t come out, Michael tried to check on him. James was having the heart attack, but Michael never realized it.”
Gandolfini was in the bathroom for 30 minutes before Michael began pounding on the door, Sottolano said. When his father didn’t respond, Michael bolted out of the room and went down to the lobby, shouting for help, according to concierge Pasquale Benediccio.
“The boy was distraught – in a complete panic,” Benediccio told The ENQUIRER.
“Security personnel rushed upstairs and used a screwdriver to open the lock on the bathroom door. They found Gandolfini on the floor in front of the toilet, unconscious, and immediately called the ambulance.”
The ambulance arrived within minutes and it took six hotel security men to get the hefty Gandolfini onto a gurney and down the elevator. But The ENQUIRER has learned that it was already too late. Sadly, “The Sopranos” star was already dead.
“There was no hope to revive him,” Livio De Angelis, director of ambulance services in Rome, who reviewed the ambulance drivers’ report, told The ENQUIRER.
“We got a Code Red call, which is the most urgent, at about 10 p.m. We were told that the patient was not breathing and not conscious.
“Ambulance No. 686 from Via Treviso was nearest and arrived at the hotel in eight minutes at the most. We even sent a second ambulance that arrived two minutes after the first one.
“When the ambulance crew arrived, Gandolfini’s son was not to be seen, but his sister was standing outside the room. She shouted, ‘Come in! Come in! Quickly!’
“Hotel personnel had been doing CPR, and our drivers hooked up a defibrillator immediately. But the patient had already flat-lined. He had no systolic pressure, and the defibrillator could not be used effectively.
“The crew began to use an ambu-bag to force oxygen into his lungs and continued heart massage all the way to the hospital. But he was long dead. There was no heart activity.”
Gandolfini’s sister and son stood in the emergency room while doctors tried to save him, he added.
“It was quite obvious that they were distraught,” said De Angelis.
“We had no idea that he was a famous man – only an American tourist who was a very large man, and apparently had suffered a fatal heart attack.”
Gandolfini was pronounced dead at Policlinico Umberto hospital by Dr. Claudio Modini at 11:00 p.m.
But The ENQUIRER has learned that if his hotel had been equipped with a defibrillator, which is standard equipment for many luxury hotels in Rome, Gandolfini may have been saved.
“HE ABSOLUTELY MAY HAVE survived if hotel personnel had used an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) when they found him,” Dr. Matthew Budoff, who has not treated Gandolfini but is an associate professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA and a renowned cardiologist, told The ENQUIRER.
“For each minute that passes following a heart attack, the survival rates drop by 10 percent. So if five minutes pass without assistance by the AED, his survival rate is 50 percent. If 10 minutes go by, the risk of dying is 100 percent. There is no question that had they used an AED when they first found him, his chances of survival would have been greatly improved.”
The initial autopsy report confirmed that Gandolfini had suffered a fatal heart attack.
In a final insult to the actor’s dignity, The ENQUIRER has learned that his luxury Soarway Diver Seal watch, which he designed with German watchmaker Michael Kobold, had been stolen.
The actor was wearing the pricey timepiece when he fell ill, but it disappeared somewhere between the hotel bathroom and the morgue, sources say.
“Police in Rome are investigating the case,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
“Stealing a watch from a dead man is a terrible thing. Whoever did should hang for it!”
- His marriage was ON THE ROCKS & the Asian-Hawaiian woman WAS a golddigger - no wonder no one talked to her at the funeral!
"GANDOLFINI WOMEN BATTLE OVER $70M WILL
Published on: July 8, 2013
By BARRY LEVINE, NATIONAL ENQUIRER
Photography by: Getty
THE body of James Gandolfini wasn’t even cold before a bitter battle over his $70 million fortune exploded!
Insiders say that the mothers of the “Sopranos” star’s two young children – his ex-wife Marcy and his widow Deborah – are at war over the 51-year-old actor’s estate.
“There’s been bad blood brewing between Marcy and Deborah for years and it’s finally burst into public,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
“Deborah’s always hated Marcy for her savage attacks on James during their divorce. Marcy accused James of disappearing for days at a time to do drugs and of carrying on extramarital affairs with a number of women.
“And Marcy has thought Deborah was nothing but a gold digger who latched onto James after they split up.”
The Emmy-winning actor died on June 19 of an apparent heart attack on the bathroom floor of his $671-a-night suite at Rome’s posh Boscolo Exedra hotel.
As The ENQUIRER has reported, Gandolfini had downed a gut-busting final meal and at least eight alcoholic beverages before telling his 14-year-old son Michael that he felt ill.
Sources told us that the 6-foot-1 actor – who’s publicly admitted to battling booze and drug addictions – had ballooned to nearly 300 pounds. And before leaving on his overseas trip, he’d been warned by a doctor that he had to stop drinking and go on a strict diet.
GANDOLFINI IS SURVIVED BY Michael, his son with Marcy, and Liliana, his 8 - month- o l d daughter with Deborah. He and Marcy divorced in 2002, and he began dating Deborah, a former talent agent and model, in 2007. They married in 2008.
“Both Marcy and Deborah are determined to do what’s best for their children,” added an insider.
“There’s no question Michael will be well taken care of, but Marcy wants to make sure that Deborah isn’t going to get all James’ money for their daughter.
“They’ll battle over his estate, despite what James has set out in his will. The fact is, James has worked super hard since ‘The Sopranos’ and there’s a lot more money in his estate.” In addition to working steadily in films and on Broadway since “The Sopranos” ended its six-season run in 2007, Gandolfini also produced several TV projects. He’d completed a big-screen comedy and a crime drama, and was attached to the new HBO drama “Criminal Justice” before he died.
At stake in the estate battle are homes in Los Angeles and New Jersey, plus million-dollar properties in Manhattan and other real estate holdings. Gandolfini also had stakes in several restaurants.
As The ENQUIRER has reported, sources said Gandolfini’s marriage to Deborah was on the rocks, and he was desperate to reconcile with a former fiancee, Lora Somoza.
Although Deborah and Marcy stood together at Gandolfini’s June 27 funeral in New York, the source says: “About the only thing they agree on is their dislike for Lora. But in the end, they’ll fight to get what’s best for their kids.”
- The wide is getting 20 per cent of his estate - post tax.
- I mean wife!
- Apparently is will is a mess and his family will lose more than half the estate to taxes.
- The Walton's Ike Godsey also perished unexpectedly at 85 July 7th. The way he was able to inhabit his role was every bit as breathtaking as Gandalfini. The twitter shower for Ike Godsey will easily be on par with Gandalfini.
- R325, I am so jealous. I would have GEEKED OUT at meeting Aunt Ro!
- Hasn't he been paying his taxes?