James Gandolfini, the robust, larger than life television and film star died of a heart attack at the age of 51. He was on vacation in Italy. The New Jersey born star began his career in theater and quickly transitioned to film with such notable Hollywood hits as True Romance, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, 8mm and The Last Castle.
His most memorable role and the one that made him a household name was playing Tony Soprano on the HBO hit series The Sopranos. For 6 seasons he starred as the mafia boss / henchman in psychotherapy, conflicted by his own work related demons and struggles to keep his suburban family life together.
Gandolfini earned a Golden Globe, 3 Emmy Awards and 3 SAG awards all for Best Actor in the role. The actor will be greatly missed by his peers and fans alike.