James Gandolfini

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Biography

  • Birth Name: James Joseph Gandolfini
  • Birth Place: Westwood, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/18/1961, Virgo
  • Date of Death: 06/19/2013
  • Profession: Actor
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It's rare that someone with character-actor looks becomes a bona fide leading man, but Gandolfini's career has been anything but ordinary. In 1992, the New Jersey-born thespian made his debuts on both Broadway (A Streetcar Named Desire) and the big screen (A Stranger Among Us). He played a mobster in the latter, which turned out to be prophetic casting. Throughout the '90s, Gandolfini carved out a solid career as a supporting player, until he became a megastar overnight as gangster Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos. Along with the accolades and awards came media scrutiny of his personal life, culminating in an acrimonious divorce from Marcy Wudarski, his wife of three years. After The Sopranos wrapped in 2007, Gandolfini stayed busy with film work, appearing in the acclaimed political comedy In the Loop (2009) and lending his voice to Spike Jonze's adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are.James Gandolfini Fast Facts:
  • Before becoming an actor, worked as a bartender, nightclub bouncer and truck driver.
  • Touted alma mater Rutgers University's football program in a 2001 commercial directed by Michael Imperioli.
  • In 2003, engaged in a bitter salary dispute with HBO that ended when he agreed to drop his lawsuit and resume work on The Sopranos.
  • Returned to the Broadway stage in 2009, giving a Tony-nominated performance in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage.
  • Plays the trumpet and saxophone.
  • James Gandolfini Relationships:
  • James J. Gandolfini - Father
  • Michael Gandolfini - Son
  • Marcy Wudarski - Ex-wife
  • Leta Gandolfini - Sister
  • Johanna Antonacci - Sister
  • Lora Somoza - Ex-fiancée
  • Deborah Lin - Wife
  • James Gandolfini Awards:
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Nonfiction Special - Nominee
  • 2009 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2012 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie - Nominee
  • 2014 Independent Spirit Awards: Best Supporting Male - Nominee
  • 2003 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 2001 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • College:
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States (BA in Communications, 1983)

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