RIP James Gandolfini

There was sad news today as reports came in from Italy that actor James Gandolfini died of an apparent heart attack at age 51 years. As the star of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini became known worldwide for his blistering portrayal of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano. The Sopranos is often sighted as the beginning of the golden period of scripted TV dramas and James Gandolfini was integral to its success.

He had been acting for at least twenty years before this fame came upon him playing key supporting roles and cameos in many top films, such as Zero Dark Thirty and Get Shorty.  Here is a link to his a great slideshow on ew.com that shows 10 top movie roles.  

This is sad news indeed and a great loss to film and TV.