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James Gandolfini Yearbook Photos

James Gandolfini Senior Year 1979 Park Ridge High School, Park Ridge, NJ As MC for the Miss Park Ridge High School Contest on right

James Gandolfini's High School Yearbook: A Look Back At the Handsome (and Athletic!) Future Star

James Gandolfini wasn't always the 250-pound balding hulk that we associate with his most popular character, Tony Soprano. In 1979, he was just another senior at Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

OK, maybe not just another senior — he was very popular and stood out both in theater productions and in sports. Oh, and he clearly did well with the ladies even back then! Here's a look back at Gandolfini's high school years, with pictures that you're not going to believe. — Jeremy Blacklow, Yahoo! TV