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Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his portrayal as mafioso Tony Soprano in HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos,” died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 51.
Hollywood is just beginning to mourn the sudden and unexpected death of an actor whose portrayal of Tony Soprano was, as Salon’s Willa Paskin put it, “so great that it finally made TV a prestigious place for actors to work.”
Celebrities took to Twitter to express their condolences and sense of loss:
James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 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 an amazing actor. Life is too short.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini gave us a character and performance that will stand the test of time. Whether he intended too or not. That's what happened— Jerry Ferrara (@jerrycferrara) June 20, 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
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
Shocked and saddened by James Gandolfini's passing. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.— Michael J. Fox (@realmikefox) 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
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
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! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2013
Chili Palmer: You any good? Bear: Am I any good? You were DAMN good Mr. Gandolfini and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) June 20, 2013
I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013
Very sad news about Gandolfini. His iconic performance changed the way I looked at cable television and what was possible. #RIPGandolfini— Eli Roth (@eliroth) June 20, 2013
Damn. RIP James Gandofini. An amazing actor that made arguably the greatest drama of all time, & a funny, sweet, gentle giant off screen.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 20, 2013
Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 19, 2013
And perhaps most touchingly, Holsten’s reserved the table where the final scene of “The Sopranos” was shot in Gandolfini’s honor:
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