In memory of one of the greatest actors, James Gandolfini. You will truly be missed!
James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 -- June 19, 2013)
Edie Falco, who played Tony Soprano's wife, Carmela, on the HBO series, said she was "shocked and devastated" by the news.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," she said in a statement. "He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. As those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
The Sopranos star is described as an "extraordinary actor", as his on-screen psychiatrist says she is "utterly heartbroken".
The cast of hit television series The Sopranos have led tributes to James Gandolfini, describing him as a "giant" and "the most humble and gifted actor".
The star, who was 51, died after a heart attack while on vacation with his son in Italy.
Lorraine Bracco, who played his character Tony's psychiatrist Dr Melfi in the popular show, said: "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore, said his death came "way too young".
"James is one guy who never turned his back on me," "He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with ... and I will forever be indebted to him."
Awards won for character Tony Soprano:
AFI Award for Actor of the Year - Male - TV Series (2001)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor -- Television Series Drama (1999)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001, 2003)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (1999, 2002, 2007)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
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