Like many, I just heard the news that James Gandolfini passed away earlier today from an apparent heart attack.
The Emmy Award-winning actor
was in Italy set to take part in the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily when
he passed on.
I’m sure I feel the same way a lot of us feel, sadness for the loss of a truly gifted and talented man. I often find it profound and reflective when a celebrity passes how terribly depressed I seem to get. I mean, I never had dinner with him, never had a conversation with him, never knew the man at all except through his work, mostly on The Sopranos as the character he made legendary.
I suppose I feel the world has lost a bit of brilliance today, and that in itself is always tragic. In any profession, there are but a few who reach the summit of their craft. The Sopranos will undoubtedly always be a part of any discussion concerning the greatest TV series of all time. This is due largely to his tremendous ability as an actor to make us feel for this violent and flawed man named Tony. His character was a murderer, a thief, a cheater and a scoundrel. But he was also a human being with a powerful conviction that everything he did was for the betterment of his family, however twisted his morality may have been.
I weep tonight for the loss of a great artist, the loss of immense talent, the loss of brilliance.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Gandolfini, Rest in Peace…
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