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The actor, best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos, died on June 19 in Rome, Italy, of a heart attack at age 51. A New Jersey native, Gandolfini was a bartender and a club bouncer before he started taking acting classes. He made a name for himself playing a mob enforcer in the 1993 thriller True Romance. He played several other mobster roles before landing the career-defining HBO series, for which he won three Emmys, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe. He also appeared in such films as The Mexican, The Last Castle, The Taking of Pelham 123, In the Loop, Zero Dark Thirty and Not Fade Away, which reunited him with Sopranos creator David Chase.