Drea de Matteo: James Gandolfini Was a 'King Through and Through'

Drea de Matteo Headshot - P 2012
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Drea de Matteo Headshot - P 2012

His "Sopranos" co-star praises him as "one of the best actors of our time" who also was "generous, real and humble."

This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Fughedabout losing one of the best actors of our time ... we lost so much more ... anyone from the Soprano family will tell you he was one of the most generous, real and humble human beings ever ... with a presence that could shatter planets when he walked into a room. A king through and through.

Read more tributes to Gandolfini below:

David Chase on the Last Time He Saw James Gandolfini (Q&A)

Jeff Daniels: James Gandolfini Pushed for 'God of Carnage' Raises

Chris Albrecht: James Gandolfini Stood With Cast in 'Sopranos' Contract Dispute

Marcia Gay Harden: James Gandolfini Helped Me Through My Divorce

Vince Gilligan: Without Tony Soprano There Would Be No Walter White

HBO's Richard Plepler: James Gandolfini Had 'Compassion for the Underdog'

Patricia Arquette: James Gandolfini 'Slept in His Suit to Stay in Character'

Annabella Sciorra: Working With James Gandolfini Was 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Experience

Nicole Holofcener: James Gandolfini Played 'Sexy,' 'Hilarious' Romantic Lead

'Sopranos' Star Dominic Chianese Recalls Parisian Night With James Gandolfini

HBO's Michael Lombardo: James Gandolfini Was 'Ready to Jump' Back Into TV

Edie Falco: Onscreen Love With James Gandolfini 'One of the Greatest I’ve Ever Known'

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: James Gandolfini Made You Feel 'Everything Would Be All Right'

Wounded Warrior Project Co-Founder Remembers James Gandolfini's Charitable Side

'Taxi-22' Producer: James Gandolfini 'Had an Unmatched Detector of Creative Integrity'

Roger Bart: Why I Encouraged James Gandolfini to Pursue Acting