'Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini dead at 51

Updated: 2013-06-20 08:16


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'Sopranos' Star James Gandolfini dead at 51

Cast member James Gandolfini (R) and wife Deborah Lin pose at the premiere of HBO Films' "Cinema Verite" at Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles in this April 11, 2011 file photo. [Photo/Agencies]    


James Gandolfini's fans and colleagues shared reaction to his death.

_ "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. He was my partner. ... He was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain." _ David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos."

_ "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken." _ Lorraine Bracco, who played Tony's psychiatrist Dr. Melfi in "The Sopranos."

_ "Jimmy was one of the most talented, authentic and vulnerable actors of our time. He was unorthodox and truly special in so many ways. He had the sex appeal of Steve McQueen or Brando in his prime as well as the comedic genius of Jackie Gleason." _ Brad Grey, a producer of "The Sopranos."

_ "Fifty-one and leaves a kid _ he was newly married. His son is fatherless now ... It's way too young." _ Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore on "The Sopranos."

_ "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it." _ Bette Midler on Twitter.

_ "James Gandolfini what a nice guy, so funny and sweet. He will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to his family." _ Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry on Twitter.

_ "I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him." _ Actress Rose McGowan, who posted a snapshot of her and Gandolfini on Twitter.

_ "You will be missed greatly James Gandolfini. Maybe best actor ever on a tv series. Salute"' _ Comedian Artie Lange on Twitter.

_ "awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great." _ Mia Farrow on Twitter.

_"My thoughts and prayers go out to James Gandolfini's family. An extraordinary actor. RIP, Mr. Gandolfini." _ Robin Williams.

_ "R.I.P. James Gandolfini. Such a great actor. More than just tony soprano and that would have been a lot on its own." _ Musician Rob Thomas on Twitter.

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