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Hollywood Reacts to Gandolfini News

The Hollywood community reacted with shock and sadness late Wednesday over the sudden loss of James Gandolfini, who died at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack.

He was a genius.  Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that.  He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time.  A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.  I remember telling him many times, ‘You don’t get it.  You’re like Mozart”  There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Lilliana this is crushing.  And it’s bad for the rest of the world.  He wasn’t easy sometimes.  But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can’t explain and never will be able to explain.

 ”The Sopranos” creator David Chase


Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I'm saddened.—
Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.—
Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 20, 2013


I worked with Jim before The Sopranos and after it, and throughout these many years he has always been the same man.  A real man, like they don’t make anymore.  Honest, humble, loyal, complicated, as grateful for his success as he was unaffected by it, as respectful as he was respected, as generous as he was gifted.  He was big, but even bigger-hearted.  I’m so saddened to lose my friend, and sadder still for his family.

 Screenwriter Steven Zaillian 


I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.—
Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 20, 2013

RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!—
KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 19, 2013


“James Gandolfini was by far one of the sweetest and kindest men that I’ve ever come into contact with. He had the biggest heart, a wonderful smile and a wicked sense of humor. Funny, sharp and brilliantly observant. He didn’t suffer fools and he came to work. He understood heart and character and My God could he act. He could dig so deep and he loved going there. He’s truly one of the finest actors of our generation; I only wish, as I know many others will too, that I could have had more time with him. I will be forever grateful to have had the honor of working alongside him, learning from him, laughing with him.”

“Animal Rescue” star Tom Hardy


If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine. During our time together in GOD OF CARNAGE, we played 320 performances together. He didn’t miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother.

“God of Carnage” co-star Jeff Daniels


I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.—
Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013


We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken.

“The Sopranos” co-star Lorraine Bracco


James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.—
Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) June 20, 2013


Jim was an icon, and anyone who had the pleasure to spend ten minutes with the man understood why. His talent was bigger than life, and so was his generosity to both directors and fellow actors. We’re devastated for his family, and heartbroken that we’ll never get a chance to work with him again.

 ”Cinema Verite” directors Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman


NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. Hollywood Reacts to Gandolfini News
Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini. You created an icon. And you cut to black way too abruptly. Thank you, and rest in peace.—
Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 19, 2013

R.I.P James Gandolfini. One hell of an actor.—
Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 19, 2013


Jimmy was the spiritual core of our ‘Sopranos’ family, and I am stunned at this devastating loss.  He was a great talent, but an even better man.  My thoughts are with his family.

Starz CEO Chris Albrecht


My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini.—
Robin Williams (@robinwilliams) June 20, 2013

The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it.—
Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 20, 2013

heartbreaking news. one of our all time greats on and off the screen. rest in peace James Gandolfini.—
Noah Emmerich (@NoahEmmerich) June 20, 2013

Sad to hear about James Gandolfini . First met Jimmy back in '94.He was roommates in
NY with Lenny Loftin. Lovely man. RIP Jimmy—
Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 20, 2013


I was very sad to hear the tragic news about James Gandolfini.  He was an incredibly gifted artist and I hope our film will make him proud.   My thoughts are with his family.

Noomi Rapace, co-star “Animal Rescue”


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