James Gandolfini

Actor, Executive producer, Bouncer
An unlikely leading man and even more unlikely sex symbol, James Gandolfini was touted as both after his star-making portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano, a family man undergoing a mid-life crisis on the hit HBO drama ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1961 in Westwood, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("A Whole New Day") (Actor)

The Drop 2014 (Movie)

Cousin Marv (Actor)

Down the Shore 2013 (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Enough Said 2013 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

Doug Munny (Actor)

Violet & Daisy 2013 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

Pat (Actor)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

CIA Director (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to the Rileys 2010 (Movie)

Doug Riley (Actor)

In the Loop 2009 (Movie)

General Miller (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Guys Choice 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Lonely Hearts 2007 (Movie)

Charles Hildebrandt (Actor)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Nick Murder (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Tiny Duffy (Actor)

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

Tom Valco (Actor)

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Castle 2001 (Movie)

Colonel Winter (Actor)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

Big Dave Brewster (Actor)

The Mexican 2001 (Movie)

Leroy (Actor)

A Whole New Day 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Perdita Durango 2000 (Movie)

Special Agent Woody Dumas (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

8mm 1999 (Movie)

Eddie Poole (Actor)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

Al Love (Actor)

Fallen 1998 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Kenny Kane (Actor)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Italian Movie 1997 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Joey Allegretto (Actor)

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

Kiefer (Actor)

The Juror 1996 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Crimson Tide 1995 (Movie)

Lt Bobby Dougherty (Actor)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

Bear (Actor)

Angie 1994 (Movie)

Vinnie (Actor)

Terminal Velocity 1994 (Movie)

Ben Pinkwater (Actor)

The New World 1994 (Movie)

Will Caberra (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Billy Coyle (Actor)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

Tony Baldessari (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

ABCD Camp (TV Show)

Actor

Cinema Verite (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

ABCD Camp (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crime (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Wartorn 1861-2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

("O Christmas Tree") (Song Performer)

Biography

An unlikely leading man and even more unlikely sex symbol, James Gandolfini was touted as both after his star-making portrayal of mobster Tony Soprano, a family man undergoing a mid-life crisis on the hit HBO drama, "The Sopranos" (1999-2007). Although he came to an acting career later in life, he was already a well-respected character player with roles as a hitman in "True Romance" (1993), a bearded stuntman and low-level henchman in "Get Shorty" (1995), and a drunkenly abusive neighbor in "She's So Lovely" (1997). Gandolfini made his television debut as Juror #6 in the remake of "12 Angry Men" (Showtime, 1997), while landing supporting roles in high-profile films like "A Civil Action" (1998) and "8mm" (1999). But it was "The Sopranos" that truly launched his career and led to a wider range of leading roles, like playing a sensitive hitman in "The Mexican" (2001), a cheating husband in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001) and reprising his "Get Shorty" role for "Be Cool" (2005). When "The Sopranos" went off the air with a literal bang in 2007, Gandolfini opened up to a bigger range of projects: interviewing disabled Iraq War veterans in "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq" (HBO, 2007), winning a Tony for his performance in "God of Carnage" (2009) and playing man grieving the loss of his daughter in the indie drama "Welcome to the Rileys" (2010), which underscored Gandolfini's skill in a wide range of mediums. He died unexpectedly in 2013 at only 51 years of age.

Relationships

Johanna Antonacci

Sister
Manager of the Family Division of New Jersey Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ

Michael Gandolfini

Father
Italian immigrant

Joann Gandolfini

Mother
Italian immigrant Gandolfini told the London Times his mother regularly beat him

Michael Gandolfini

Son
Born summer 1999; mother, Marcy Wudarski

Deborah Lin Production

Wife
Began dating in January 2007 Engaged in December 2007 Married Aug. 30, 2008 in Honolulu, HI

Lora Somoza Assistant

Companion
Gandolfini began dating Somoza, assistant to director Gore Verbinski, while taping "The Mexican" (2001) in Mexico in 2000 Engaged in January 2004 Called off engagement in February 2005

Marcy Wudarski

Wife
Met c. 1995 Married in March 1999 Gandolfini filed for divorce March 4, 2002 Divorced Dec. 18, 2002

EDUCATION

Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey 1983

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Park Ridge High School

Park Ridge , New Jersey

Milestones

2013

Played a billionaire casino owner opposite Jim Carrey and Steve Carell (as dueling magicians) in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"; film reunited him with "The Sopranos" co-star Steve Buscemi

2012

Co-starred with Brad Pitt in crime drama "Killing Them Softly," a feature adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel Cogan's Trade

2012

Cast in 1960s-set drama "Not Fade Away," written and directed by "The Sopranos" creator David Chase

2012

Played U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

2011

Cast in the feature adaptation of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

2011

Portrayed filmmaker Craig Gilbert in HBO drama "Cinema Verite"

2010

Played a man dealing with the death of his daughter in "Welcome to the Rileys"

2009

Played a peace-loving general in the political satire "In The Loop"

2009

Cast in the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play

2009

Voiced Carol in Spike Jonze's live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book "Where the Wild Things Are"

2007

Played a homicide detective in "Lonely Hearts," based on the true story the notorious Lonely Hearts Killers of the 1940s

2007

Executive produced the HBO documentary on the Iraq War "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq"; the film featured Gandolfini interviewing numerous disabled veterans

2006

Cast in Steven Zaillian's big-screen adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren novel "All the King's Men"

2005

Reprised his role in "Be Cool," the sequel to the 1995 hit "Get Shorty"

2005

Cast opposite Kate Winslet, as a two-timing husband who must choose between his mistress and his beleaguered wife in "Romance & Cigarettes," helmed by John Turturro

2004

Co-starred with Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate in the comedy "Surviving Christmas"

2001

Played a cheating husband in the Coen brothers' film noir "The Man Who Wasn't There"

2001

Portrayed a hit man with a sensitive side in "The Mexican"

1999

Became a bona fide star and unlikely sex symbol as Tony Soprano, a gangster having a midlife crisis on the acclaimed HBO drama "The Sopranos"; received Emmy (1999, 2004, 2007), Golden Globe (2001, 2002, 2003) and SAG (2001, 2002, 2005, 2007) nominations f

1999

Appeared as a pornographer in Joel Schumacher's "8mm"

1998

Featured as a concerned parent in "A Civil Action," starring John Travolta

1997

TV movie debut as Juror Number 6 in the Showtime remake of "12 Angry Men"

1997

Reteamed with Lumet for "Night Falls on Manhattan"

1997

Delivered a memorable turn as a drunkenly abusive neighbor in "She's So Lovely"

1997

Featured in the L.A. stage play "Remembrance"; produced by Sean Penn and starring Penn's parents Leo Penn and Eileen Ryan

1996

Supported Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore in "The Juror"

1995

Played a stuntman in "Get Shorty" opposite John Travolta

1995

Returned to Broadway as Charley Malloy in the ill-fated stage adaptation of "On the Waterfront"

1995

Cast as the supply officer in Tony Scott's "Crimson Tide"

1994

First leading role, as the title character's plumber beau in "Angie" opposite Geena Davis

1993

Cast as John Cusack's brother in "Money for Nothing"

1993

Breakthrough film role as the hitman Virgil in "True Romance," directed by Tony Scott

1992

Film debut, "A Stranger Among Us"; first collaboration with Sidney Lumet

1992

Broadway debut playing Steve Hubbell in the revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire," also starring Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange

Born and raised in New Jersey

Worked various jobs, including as a bouncer, nightclub manager and truck driver

Stage acting debut in "Big El's Best Friend"

Taken by a friend to an acting class in the late 1980s

Acted in off-off- and off-Broadway productions

Bonus Trivia

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His surname was pronounced "GAN-dol-fi-ni."

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Gandolfini played the trumpet and saxophone.

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