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Gandolfini, who made his mark on TV history as the troubled crime boss on HBO’s smash drama The Sopranos, reportedly died of a heart attack. He was 51.
Twitter instantly was flooded with tributes to the actor, who also appeared in such films as Zero Dark Thirty, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, True Romance and The Mexican.
Among those paying tribute:
Jeff Daniels said a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine. During our time together in God of Carnage, we played 320 performances together. He didn’t miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother.”
Patricia Arquette: “My heart goes out to his family. James was incredibly talented and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with him. He was very committed during the shooting of True Romance. I remember Tony Scott saying he slept in his suit in his car to stay in character. His work as Tony Soprano was flawless. It is a real loss to the creative community.”
R.I.P James Gandolfini. One hell of an actor.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 19, 2013
I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock
— Christina Applegate (@1capplegate) June 19, 2013
I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.
— Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) June 20, 2013
Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy’s family.
— Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) June 20, 2013
Terribly Sad News: R.I.P. James Gandolfini
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) June 19, 2013
I couldn’t be more depressed about James Gandolfini. My husband and I were just rewatching the entirety of The Sopranos. He was fantastic.
— Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) June 19, 2013
Rest in peace James Gandolfini. It was a pleasure working with and getting to know you. You will be remembered.
— Steven McQueen (@McQueeninchains) June 19, 2013
I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him. pic.twitter.com/Y1wdbeUDfK
— Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano. Always imitated, never duplicated.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) June 19, 2013
Fareforward James Gandolfini. One of the great reasons we have so much wonderful television now is his single and singular performance.
— rufus jones (@rufusjones1) June 19, 2013
— Cousin Sal (@TheCousinSal) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini reportedly dead at the age of 51. RIP Tony Soprano. http://t.co/SCdoSkRv37
— Anish Shroff (@AnishESPN) June 19, 2013
Terrible news about James Gandolfini. Very sad.
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) June 19, 2013
But apparently it is true: RIP #JamesGandolfini
— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) June 19, 2013
http://t.co/td9DdRnODW SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today….
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 19, 2013
Rip James Gandolfini. One of the greatest actors of our generation.
— Jerry Ferrara (@jerrycferrara) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini aka Tony Soprano of the Sopranos has died at the age of 51 #SoSad
— Opie radio (@OpieRadio) June 19, 2013
HBO confirms death of James Gandolfini. RIP
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 19, 2013
Shocked at reading about the untimely passing of James Gandolfini. A man of enormous talent. What shocking and sad news.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) June 19, 2013
I AM SO SAD TO READ THAT JAMES GANDOLFINI PAASED AWAY OF A STROKE IF THIS ATIRY IS TRUE MY HEART HURTS FOR HIS FAMILY
— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) June 19, 2013
So sorry to hear this! RT @JasonKennedy1: Hbo just confirmed that actor James Gandolfini has died. Wow
— Melinda Doolittle (@mdoolittle) June 19, 2013
Devastated to hear that James gandolfini died today. We were just talking about how much we loved him at lunch @jerrycferrara
— Doug Ellin (@mrdougellin) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 19, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini – had the pleasure of working with him and knowing him a bit- always a truth teller- gent and all around class act-
— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini was one of the coolest, most talented and humble guys in this business. He will be missed.
— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) June 20, 2013
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013
Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace… http://t.co/TpfJNywu8X
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 19, 2013
James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I’m so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2013
Massive blow to the acting community today… The passing of James Gandolfini. So talented. My heart goes out to his family!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 20, 2013
Such sad news about James Gandolfini… What an incredible actor… My thoughts are with his family.
— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 20, 2013
Just saw the news and what a loss! #RIP James Gandolfini
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 20, 2013
#RIP James Gandolfini an amazing talent gone at age 51 so tragic.
— Jennifer Grey (@JenniferGrey) June 19, 2013
God bless James Gandolfini
— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) June 20, 2013
From Lindsay: “James Gandolfini was a dear friend and a great man. My heart goes out to his family. He will be greatly missed” – team lohan
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini was a great man on earth and he is now a great treasure in heaven. God bless you James in His name forever.
— Gary Busey (@THEGaryBusey) June 20, 2013
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 20, 2013
Shocked and saddened by James Gandolfini’s passing. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) June 20, 2013
I had the honor of meeting James Gandolfini recently. A genius actor & great man. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family. Rest in peace.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) June 20, 2013
Stunned to hear of James Gandolfini’s passing. A powerful actor & a truly sweet man. Much love to his family. http://t.co/cRurpP2uah
— Seth Green (@SethGreen) June 20, 2013
After a day of being “funny” I am shattered 2 hear of #JamesGandolfini passing. He was kind & good, & brilliant. Goodnight Tony S. Love u.
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini’s passing is an awful shock. He was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) June 20, 2013
Rest in peace James Gandolfini. What a huge loss for Hollywood. I’m deeply saddened & he will be gravely missed. Unbelievable talent.
— Shannon Elizabeth (@ShannonElizab) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini what a nice guy, so funny and sweet. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his family.
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) June 20, 2013
So saddened by news of James Gandolfini’s death. What talent. He shall be missed.
— Will Arnett (@arnettwill) June 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini’s family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini.
— Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) June 20, 2013
Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I’m saddened.
— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!
— Octavia Spencer (@octaviaspencer) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini.. So talented, so nice and far too young to be taken away. You will be missed Sir
— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) June 20, 2013
So sad to hear about Jim Gandolfini. #talent RIP
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 20, 2013
Watching and working with Jim Gandolfini was terribly special. He was warm, funny, and will be very missed. My thoughts are with his family.
— Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. Sad sad day. Way too young. Made a beautiful mark on this world.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 20, 2013
Had the honor of sitting down with James Gandolfini recently & he was one of the most genuine, sweet men I’ve met. Incredibly sad tonight.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 20, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini. Thank you for sharing your truly tremendous talent with us. #tooyoungtodie
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) June 20, 2013
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. Hard to express the profoundly deep sense of loss I feel at this moment.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini helped pave the way for great character actors to be leads, and for that all television lovers should be grateful. RIP
— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) June 20, 2013
1 rainy day in NJ we were shooting & tons of ppl stood in cold rain 2 watch shoot. He went over, soaked, signed every auto./pic #Gandolfini
— Hill Harper (@hillharper) June 20, 2013
We were lucky to have James Gandolfini.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) June 20, 2013
Rest in peace James Gandolfini. I’m glad I got to meet you and tell you what your performance(s) meant to me as a fan and actor.
— Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) June 20, 2013
Really though… This James Gandolfini passing is so sad. My heart goes out to his family in this time. RIP #takentoosoon
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 20, 2013
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