59 years old (Born on September 18, 1961)
American actor; He is famous from Tony Soprano on The Sopranos.Used to bartend in Manhattan during years as struggling actor. TV mobster Gandolfini turned to the right side of the law when he saw a woman being mugged in his native New York recently. Passers-by were shocked to see the tough-guy step in and rescue a woman when she was knocked down and had her bag snatched whilst walking down a dimly lit street. [November 2001] Originally cast in the "Carl Hanratty" role in Catch Me If You Can (2002) but had to drop out due to "The Sopranos" (1999). Although he often plays thuggish or brute characters, he is actually somewhat of a pacifist off-stage; he had reservations about continuing his production contract as Tony in "The Sopranos" (1999) due to the show`s violent content and stereotype of Italian-Americans. In Crimson Tide (1995), James refers to Robert Mitchum and Cary Grant, two actors he also references in "The Sopranos" (1999).
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Fun Facts About James Gandolfini
In Crimson Tide (1995) he played an officer on the U.S.S. Alabama. In True Romance (1993), he beats up a woman named Alabama, played by Patricia Arquette.
Lost more than 40 pounds for his role in The Mexican (2001), but had to gain it all back before shooting for the HBO series "The Sopranos" (1999) because executives didn`t believe the audience would like a "skinny" Tony.
Was in attendance at Chris Penn`s funeral
He plays the trumpet and saxophone.
For his role as Eddie Poole in 8MM (1999), Gandolfini met a variety of real porn directors and producers to get a feel for their line of work and to get a taste of their personalities, and is said to have loosely based his character on several of them.
Well trained in Krav Maga, (an Israeli style of Martial Arts) which he practiced for 2 1/2 years.
Says he is nothing like "Tony Soprano" in real life, describing his own personality as being more like a "260-pound Woody Allen".
Became engaged to Lora Somoza. [January 2004]
Became engaged to Lora Somoza in January 2004. Broke up, amicably, in February 2005.
Was voted "best-looking" in high school
Was considered for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four (2005).
Once worked as a bouncer.
Played Aida Turturro`s father in Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and her brother in "The Sopranos" (1999).
Financed the construction of a restaurant called Vines in Oneonta, New York for his childhood pal Clive Griffiths, who needed the money to launch it. Griffiths has since paid him back, and then some.
Graduated from Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge, New Jersey (1979).
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."
His sister Johanna is a prominent official with the New Jersey Family Court system.
Attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Has often said Robert De Niro played a considerable role in his decision to become an actor; grew up watching Mean Streets (1973) over and over again.
Is friends with former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Has co-starred with John Travolta in four movies: Get Shorty (1995), She`s So Lovely (1997), A Civil Action (1998), and Lonely Hearts (2006).