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Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

James R. [middle?] Gandolfini

September 18, 1961

Westwood, New Jersey

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JAMES GANDOLFINI BIOGRAPHY

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James J. Gandolfini, Jr. (born September 18, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. For this role, Gandolfini garnered enormous praise, winning both the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series three times. Gandolfini's other roles include the woman-beating mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, enforcer/stuntman Bear in Get Shorty, Lt. General Miller in In the Loop, and the impulsive Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are. In 2007, Gandolfini produced the HBO documentary "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq" in which he interviewed 10 injured veterans from the Iraq War. In 2010, Gandolfini produced another HBO documentary "Wartorn: 1861-2010" in which Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its impact on soldiers and families is analyzed throughout several wars in American history from 1861 to 2010.

 

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Background Information

 

Born

 

James J. Gandolfini, Jr.

 September 18, 1961

 Westwood, New Jersey,

 United States

 

Occupation

Actor

 

 

 

Years active

1992–present

 

Spouse

 Marcy Wudarski (1999–2002; divorced)

Deborah Lin (2008–present)

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Early life

Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey.[1] His mother, Santa, a high school lunch lady, was born in the U.S. and raised in Naples, Italy.[2] His father, James Gandolfini, Sr., a native of Borgotaro, Italy, was a bricklayer, cement mason, and later the head custodian at Paramus Catholic High School, New Jersey;[2][3][4] he also earned a Purple Heart in World War II.[5] His parents were devout Roman Catholics and spoke Italian at home. Due to such influence, Gandolfini has a strong sense of being Italian, and regularly visits Italy.[3][6]

Gandolfini grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, and graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1979, where he played basketball and acted in school plays.[7] He was awarded the title "Class Flirt" in his senior yearbook. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Rutgers University, where he worked as a bouncer at an on-campus pub.[8] Gandolfini also worked as a bartender and club manager before embarking on an acting career.[8] Gandolfini was introduced to acting as a young man living in New York City, when he accompanied a friend, actor Roger Bart, to a Meisner technique acting class.[9] In 2003, Gandolfini appeared in a series of television commercials with Greg Schiano promoting Rutgers football.[10]

 Career

 

The Sopranos

 

Gandolfini's most acclaimed role to date is that of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey Mafia boss and family man who is the lead character in the multi-award-winning HBO series, The Sopranos, which debuted in 1999. He won three Emmys for "Best Actor in a Drama" for his depiction of Tony Soprano, who constantly questions his own identity and purpose. Gandolfini eventually earned $1,000,000 (US) per episode in the series.[citation needed] Entertainment Weekly recently listed him as the 42nd Greatest TV Icon of All Time for playing Tony Soprano.[citation needed]

 

Film and stage work

 

Gandolfini performed in a 1992 Broadway production of On the Waterfront for six months. One of his better known film roles was that of Virgil, a brutal woman-beating mob enforcer, in the 1993 romantic thriller True Romance.[2] Gandolfini has said that one of his major inspirations for the role of Virgil, in True Romance, was an old friend of his, who was a hitman.[2]

 

In 1994 film Terminal Velocity, Gandolfini played Ben Pinkwater, a seemingly mild-mannered insurance man who turns out to be a violent Russian mobster. In Get Shorty (1995), he appeared as a bearded ex-stuntman with a Southern accent, and in The Juror (1996) he played a mob enforcer with a conscience.[2] He played the mayor of New York in the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123.

 

Gandolfini returned to HBO in 2007 as the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary special, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, his first project after The Sopranos, and the first production for his company Attaboy Films, which was opened in 2006 with producing partner Alexandra Ryan.

 

He returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels.[11]

 

In June 2010, it was announced that Gandolfini would be executive producing an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn titled Hemingway & Gellhorn and starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Philip Kaufman will direct the film, which was written by Barbara Turner and Jerry Stahl, and will reportedly begin shooting in 2011.[12]

 

Variety reported on January 24, 2011 that Gandolfini will reunite with Sopranos' creator David Chase for Twylight Zones (2012), a music-driven production set in 1960s New Jersey.[13] Gandolfini will co-star in Chase's feature film debut, playing the father of a teenage rock 'n' roll band lead singer (John Magaro).[13]

 

Alive Day: Home from Iraq

 

In 2007, Gandolfini produced a documentary with HBO focused on injured Iraq veterans and their devotion to America, while surveying the physical and emotional costs of war. Ten surviving soldiers were interviewed by Gandolfini, who revealed their thoughts on the challenges which they face integrating back into society and family life. They also reflected on the memories of the day when they narrowly escaped death, and what life may have been like in other circumstances.

 

Wartorn: 1861–2010

 

In 2010, Gandolfini produced another documentary with HBO, which analyzed the effects of PTSD throughout American history from 1861 to 2010. It featured interviews with American Military Officials on their views of PTSD and how they are trying to help soldiers affected by it. Letters from soldiers of the American Civil War and World War I who were affected by PTSD are examined along with interviews with soldiers affected by PTSD and their families.

 

Personal life

Gandolfini has maintained ties with his hometown of Park Ridge by supporting The Octoberwoman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. He appears at their annual October banquet and often brings other Sopranos cast members to help Octoberwoman draw large crowds. He currently resides in New York City, and owns a lot on the Lake Manitoba Narrows.[14]

 

On August 30, 2008, Gandolfini married his girlfriend, former model Deborah Lin, in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, after dating her for two years. Gandolfini has a son, Michael, with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski, from whom he was divorced in December 2002.

 

His sister, Johanna Antonacci, is the manager of the Family Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey. Gandolfini is a fan of motorcycles and owns a Harley Davidson and a Vespa scooter. On May 4, 2006, Gandolfini was riding his Vespa in New York City, when it was hit by a taxi in traffic. He was forced to undergo knee surgery after the accident, postponing the filming of the final Sopranos episodes by three months.

Gandolfini purchased a home in the hills of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey in 2009.[15]

 

Filmography

 

Film

Year

Film

Role

Other notes

1987

Shock! Shock! Shock!

Orderly

 

1992

Stranger Among Us, AA Stranger Among Us

Tony Baldessari

 

1993

Italian Movie

Angelo

 

1993

Money for Nothing

Billy Coyle

 

1993

True Romance

Virgil

 

1993

Mr. Wonderful

Mike

 

1994

Angie

Vinnie

 

1994

Terminal Velocity

Ben Pinkwater

 

1995

Nouveau monde, LeLe Nouveau monde

Will Caberra

 

1995

Crimson Tide

Lt. Bobby Dougherty

 

1995

Get Shorty

Bear

 

1996

Juror, TheThe Juror

Eddie

 

1997

Night Falls on Manhattan

Joey Allegretto

 

1997

She's So Lovely

Kiefer

 

1997

Perdita Durango

Willie 'Woody' Dumas

 

1997

12 Angry Men

Juror #6

 

1997

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Diner Cook #2

(Uncredited role)

1998

Fallen

Lou

 

1998

Mighty, TheThe Mighty

Kenny Kane

 

1998

Civil Action, AA Civil Action

Al Love

 

1999

Whole New Day, AA Whole New Day

Vincent

short film
also included in Stories of Lost Souls (2005)

1999

8mm

Eddie Poole

 

2001

Mexican, TheThe Mexican

Winston Baldry

 

2001

Man Who Wasn't There, TheThe Man Who Wasn't There

Big Dave Brewster

 

2001

Last Castle, TheThe Last Castle

Colonel Winter

 

2004

Surviving Christmas

Tom Valco

 

2006

Romance & Cigarettes

Nick Murder

 

2006

Lonely Hearts

Det. Charles Hilderbrandt

 

2006

All the King's Men

Tiny Duffy

 

2006

Club Soda

The Man

short film
also included in Stories USA (2007)

2009

In the Loop

Lt. Gen. George Miller

 

2009

Taking of Pelham 123, TheThe Taking of Pelham 123

Mayor

 

2009

Where the Wild Things Are

Carol

Voice role

2010

Welcome to the Rileys

Doug Riley

 

2010

Mint Julep

Mr. G

 

2011

Down the Shore

Bailey

 

2011

Violet & Daisy

Michael

Completed

2012

Burt Wonderstone

Doug Munny

filming

2012

Cogan's Trade

 

post-production

2012

Twylight Zones

 

post-production

2013

Escape from Planet Earth

Shanker

Voice role

 

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1997

Gun

Walter Difideli

Episode: "Columbus Day"

1997

12 Angry Men

Juror #6

Television film

1999–2007

Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos

Tony Soprano

86 episodes

2011

Cinema Verite

 

Television film

 

References

 

1.^ James Gandolfini, hbo.com, accessed May 22, 2007.

 2.^ a b c d e "Youtube interview of James Gandolfini – Inside the Actors Studio, 2004". Youtube.com. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

 3.^ a b "This Is James Gandolfini, He's Not Tony, The Actor Behind The Sopranos Mob Boss Is More Like "A 260-Pound Woody Allen"". CBS News. 2007-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

 4.^ James Gandolfini profile, eonline.com, accessed May 27, 2007

 5.^ Heilpern, John (April 2009). "Out to Lunch: Curtains for Gandolfini". Vanity Fair.

 6.^ Encyclopædia Britannica. "James Gandolfini – Britannica Online Encyclopedia". Britannica.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

 7.^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "James Gandolfini: Class of 1979, Park Ridge High School.... Basketball player; appeared in school plays, including Arsenic and Old Lace."

 8.^ a b James Gandolfini bio, askmen.com, accessed May 22, 2007.

 9.^ "25 (Not Quite) Random Facts About James Gandolfini". Broadway.com: Broadway Buzz. Retrieved 2010-09-13.

 10.^ People Scoop!, people.com. Retrieved April 23, 2003.

 11.^ He has received a Tony Award nomination in the category of Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his role in the play, but lost to Geoffrey Rush from the play, Exit the King. Gandolfini Stars on Broadway in God of Carnage The Associated Press, January 12, 2009

 12.^ "HBO Orders Hemingway Film With Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen". TVGuide.com.

 13.^ a b McNary, Dave (January 24, 2011). "Gandolfini, Chase reconnect at 'Twylight' ". Variety.com. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 1, 2011. Andreeva, Nellie (January 24, 2011). " 'Sopranos' Big-Screen Reunion: James Gandolfini Joins David Chase's New Movie". Deadline.com. Mail.com Media Corporation. Retrieved February 1, 2011.

 

14.^ Writer, Staff (2007-10-17). "Winnipeg Free Press". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2010-04-11.

 15.^ Slaght, Veronica. "'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini buys home in Tewksbury", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2009. Accessed January 21, 2011. "James Gandolfini, who portrayed the conflicted mobster on the popular HBO drama “The Sopranos,” has taken up residence in the posh seclusion of Tewksbury’s wooded hills."

 

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