James J. Gandolfini, Jr. is an American actor.
He is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in the HBO TV series
The Sopranos, about a troubled crime boss struggling to balance
his family life and career in the Mafia. Gandolfini's other roles
include the woman-beating mob henchman Virgil in True Romance, enforcer/stuntman
Bear in Get Shorty, Lt. General Miller in In the Loop, and the impulsive
Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are. In 2007, Gandolfini
produced the HBO documentary "Alive Day Memories: Home from
Iraq" in which he interviewed 10 injured veterans from the
Iraq War. In 2010, Gandolfini produced another HBO documentary "Wartorn:
1861-2010" in which Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is analyzed
throughout several wars in American history from 1861 to 2010 and
its impact on the soldiers and families.
He performed in a 1992 Broadway production of On the Waterfront
for six months. One of his better known film roles is that of Virgil,
a brutal woman-beating mob enforcer, in the 1993 romantic thriller
True Romance. Gandolfini states in an Inside the Actors Studio interview
that one of his major inspirations for the role of Virgil, in True
Romance, was an old friend of his, who was a hitman.
In 1994 film Terminal Velocity, Gandolfini played Ben Pinkwater,
a seemingly mild-mannered insurance man who turns out to be a violent
Russian mobster. He also appeared in The Juror as a mob enforcer
with a conscience. In Get Shorty he appeared as a bearded ex-stuntman
with a Southern accent. He played the mayor of New York in the 2009
remake of The Taking of Pelham 123. James Gandolfini returned to
HBO in 2007 as the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary
special, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, his first project after
The Sopranos, and the first production for his company Attaboy Films,
which was opened in 2006 with producing partner Alexandra Ryan .....