The news that James Gandolfini passed away earlier this week at the young age of 51 shook the acting world and many of those outside it. For me and many others, Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano, a character that undoubtedly changed television in ground-breaking drama The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007.
In the role Gandolfini was one of the very first actors of his generation to bring cinema quality performance to the silver screen and revolutionize the world of television, paving the way for the outstanding standard of shows we see today in Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones, Mad Men and many more. Without him the show couldn't have functioned and without the show we'd surely be watching a very different TV screen these days.
Aside from television acting Gandolfini was cast in films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, and True Romance, but his Emmy award winning performance* as the troubled New Jersey mob boss will always outshine the rest.
R.I.P to a true acting legend who will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
The following video is not my own work. It is a fan made tribute by Michael Mariano which perfectly summarizes the character of Tony and makes for emotional viewing following this tragic news. Warning: Contains spoilers if you haven't seen The Sopranos.
*(Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 2000, 2001, 2003)