James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor and producer.
Gandolfini was perhaps best known for his role as Tony Soprano, an Italian American Mafia boss, in the HBO series The Sopranos. He garnered enormous praise for his performance, winning three Emmy Awards, threeScreen Actors Guild Awards, and one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. His other notable roles included mob henchman Virgil in True Romance (1993), enforcer and stuntman Bear in Get Shorty(1995), impulsive "Wild Thing" Carol in Where the Wild Things Are (2009), and Albert in Enough Said (2013).
After finishing The Sopranos, Gandolfini produced the documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq (2007), in which he interviewed injured Iraq War veterans. His second documentary, Wartorn: 1861–2010 (2010), analyzed the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on soldiers and families throughout several wars in American history from 1861 to 2010.