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James Gandolfini

Birth Place: Westwood, NJ, USA

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James Gandolfini was an American actor who was born on September 18, 1961, in Westwood, New Jersey. He grew up in a working-class family and attended Rutgers University, where he earned a degree in communications. After college, he worked as a bartender and a bouncer before deciding to pursue a career in acting.

Gandolfini began his career in the theater, appearing in productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront." He made his Broadway debut in 1992 in the play "A Streetcar Named Desire," playing the role of Steve Hubbell. He also appeared in the Broadway production of "On the Waterfront" in 1995.

Gandolfini's breakthrough role came in 1999 when he was cast as Tony Soprano in the HBO series "The Sopranos." The show was a critical and commercial success, and Gandolfini's performance as the conflicted mob boss earned him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

In addition to his work on "The Sopranos," Gandolfini appeared in a number of films, including "True Romance," "Get Shorty," and "The Mexican." He also lent his voice to several animated films, including "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

Gandolfini continued to work in the theater throughout his career, appearing in productions of "God of Carnage" and "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui." He also produced several documentaries, including "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq" and "Wartorn: 1861-2010."

Tragically, James Gandolfini passed away on June 19, 2013, at the age of 51. His final film role was in the crime drama "Animal Rescue," which was released posthumously in 2014.

Despite his untimely death, James Gandolfini's legacy as an actor and producer continues to live on. He is remembered for his powerful performances, his dedication to his craft, and his commitment to social justice causes.

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James Gandolfini STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2009
Michael

[Broadway]
1995
Charley Malloy

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1992
Steve Hubbell

Harold Mitchell (Understudy)


James Gandolfini Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2009 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

James Gandolfini, God of Carnage

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Bruce Clough Brings FROM OUT OF THE BLUES To Don't Tell Mama

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James Gandolfini FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has James Gandolfini been in?

James Gandolfini has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has James Gandolfini been in?

James Gandolfini has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has James Gandolfini been nominated for?

James Gandolfini has been nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for God of Carnage.

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