James Gandolfini. photo: Barry Wetcher

It’s with great sadness THN reports that the acclaimed award-winner actor, James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal in HBO crime-drama THE SOPRANOS, has passed away at the age of 51. The actor is said to had suffered a heart attack while in Italy.

Gandolfini won three Emmy awards for his brilliant role of conflicted mob boss Tony Soprano in the hit series which ran from 1999 to 2007. He also gave standout performances in Tony Scott’s frenetic action-thrillers TRUE ROMANCE , THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 and CRIMSON TIDE. Outstanding supporting roles in THE LAST CASTLE, GET SHORTY and Armando Iannucci’s big-screen transition of biting political satire THE THICK OF IT with IN THE LOOP.

His most recent efforts include Oscar-nominated military drama ZERO DARK THIRTY, magical comedy THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE and the still-to-be-released assassin thriller, VIOLET & DAISY.

R.I.P. James Gandolfini, you’ll be sadly missed by those of us here at THN.

Source: Deadline