NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Actor James Gandolfini died after suffering cardiac arrest on Wednesday while vacationing in Rome.
He was 51.
The New Jersey native is best known for his portrayal of criminal Tony Soprano in HBO’s landmark drama series “The Sopranos.”
“I do want to say to the people out there, the thing that got me about (Gandolfini) was he was such a humble guy,” actor and writer Chazz Palminteri told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Thursday. “Just a humble, nice, really sweet man.”
Gandolfini had a knack for playing a tough guy, but refused to be bound by his star-making role in the HBO series that brought him three Emmy Awards during its six-season run.