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James Gandolfini stars in first trailer for his final film, 'The Drop'

James Gandolfini stars in first trailer for his final film, 'The Drop'

April 2 (UPI) -- Late actor James Gandolfini stars in the first trailer for his final film, "The Drop."
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At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

2013 saw the sad passings of numerous titans of the entertainment industry, including "Bathing Beauty" star Esther Williams, "All in the Family" matriarch Jean Stapleton, "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine and "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Peter O'Toole.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
HBO to air James Gandolfini tribute Sunday

HBO to air James Gandolfini tribute Sunday

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network HBO says it plans to air "James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend" Sunday.
'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' nominated for SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The stars of "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle" and "August: Osage County" were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday.
James Gandolfini gets New Jersey street named after him

James Gandolfini gets New Jersey street named after him

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A stretch of Park Avenue in New Jersey was named after the late James Gandolfini on Sunday.
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New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

New Jersey street named for James Gandolfini

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore and John Ventimiglia helped dedicate a New Jersey street to their late "Sopranos" co-star James Gandolfini.
'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Director Steve McQueen's epic "12 Years a Slave" led the field with seven nods, including Best Feature, when nominations were announced in Los Angeles.
Gotham Awards set posthumous tribute for James Gandolfini

Gotham Awards set posthumous tribute for James Gandolfini

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Steve Buscemi is to pay tribute to the late actor James Gandolfini at the Gotham Awards ceremony in New York next month, organizers announced Wednesday.
Gandolfini considered for 'Boardwalk Empire' lead

Gandolfini considered for 'Boardwalk Empire' lead

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- James Gandolfini was considered for the role of 1920s New Jersey gangster Nucky Thompson on "Boardwalk Empire," show-runner Terence Winter revealed.
Robert De Niro to replace James Gandolfini in miniseries

Robert De Niro to replace James Gandolfini in miniseries

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- HBO says its New York-set miniseries "Criminal Justice" will feature Robert De Niro in the lead, following the death of its intended star James Gandolfini.
Edie Falco pays tribute to her 'Sopranos' hubby James Gandolfini

Edie Falco pays tribute to her 'Sopranos' hubby James Gandolfini

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Edie Falco paid a heartfelt tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator, the late James Gandolfini, at the Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night with a segment showing him attempting to binge-view an entire TV season.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Emmys producer explains Monteith memorial plan

Emmys producer explains Monteith memorial plan

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Ken Ehrlich, a producer of Hollywood's upcoming Emmys telecast, says the late actor Cory Monteith is deserving of special recognition at the ceremony.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus praises co-star James Gandolfini

Julia Louis-Dreyfus praises co-star James Gandolfini

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an Emmy Award-winning actress widely regarded as one of the funniest women in the world, says she was thrilled to demonstrate her more serious side in writer-director Nicole Holofcener's big-screen relationship dramedy, "Enough Said."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Actor James Gandolfini of the tv series "The Sopranos"and girlfriend Lora Somoza attend the Aug 8, 2002 Broadway premiere of the play "Frankie and Johnny" which stars Edie Falco, Gandolfini co-star on the tv series. mk/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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James J. Gandolfini, Jr. (born September 18, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance his family life and career in the Mafia. For this role, Gandolfini garnered enormous praise, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series three times. Gandolfini's other roles include the woman-beating mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, enforcer/stuntman Bear in Get Shorty, Lt. General Miller in In the Loop, and the impulsive Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are. In 2007, Gandolfini produced the HBO documentary "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq" in which he interviewed 10 injured veterans from the Iraq War. In 2010, Gandolfini produced another HBO documentary "Wartorn: 1861-2010" in which Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is analyzed throughout several wars in American history from 1861 to 2010 and its impact on the soldiers and families.

Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey. His mother, Santa, a high school lunch lady, was born in the U.S. and raised in Italy. His father, James Gandolfini, Sr., a native of Borgotaro, Italy, was a bricklayer, cement mason, and later the head custodian at Paramus Catholic High School, New Jersey; he also earned a Purple Heart in World War II. His parents were devout Catholics and spoke Italian at home. Gandolfini grew up in Park Ridge, New Jersey, and graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1979, where he played basketball and acted in school plays. He was awarded the title "Class Flirt" in his senior yearbook. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Rutgers University, where he worked as a bouncer at an on-campus pub. Gandolfini also worked as a bartender and club manager before embarking on an acting career. Gandolfini was introduced to acting as a young man living in New York City, when he accompanied friend Roger Bart to a Meisner technique acting class. In 2003, Gandolfini appeared in a series of television commercials with Greg Schiano promoting Rutgers football.

He performed in a 1992 Broadway production of On the Waterfront for six months. One of his better known film roles is that of Virgil, a brutal woman-beating mob enforcer, in the 1993 romantic thriller True Romance. Gandolfini states in an Inside the Actors Studio interview that one of his major inspirations for the role of Virgil, in True Romance, was an old friend of his, who was a hitman.

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