James Gandolfini "Sopranos" Star Dead at 51

As most character actors careers go (Paul Giamatti, Steve Buscemi). They always remain a trusted face in audiences minds as persons of integrity, dedication, performance and value. Seeing them time and time again in various roles of similar nature. You wouldn't think that one day they would be the ones stealing the limelight from someone else. When James Gandolfini got his chance with the lead for the "Sopranos" many were surprised by the rise of the young and talented character actor. Leading a cast in some of the best TV drama entertainment we had ever seen and will ever come to expect as quality television. He not only got his time in the spotlight like so many do, but it also was time that was well deserved.

Sadly with that, I must announce after an incredible career that James Gandolfini passed away while on vacation with his family in Italy from a heart attack. It was confirmed by his managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. 

He will be remembered and admired. For his outstanding character and great performances. Some of his credits included acting roles in "Where the Wild Things Are, "Killing Them Softly", "Crimson Tide", "Welcome to the Riley's", the telefilm "Hemingway and Gellhorn" and producing duties on the documentary "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq". He is a three time "Emmy" winner and one time "Golden Globes" winner.

 He is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, daughter Liliana, born in October, and teenage son Michael.