As news spread of the tragic and sudden death of actor James Gandolfini, celebrities, co-stars and admirers of his work went on Twitter and other places to grieve. They talked about his three-time Emmy winning role as Tony Soprano on “The Sopranos,” of course. But they also spoke of his kind heart and generous spirit.
Here’s what LoHud celebs and others had to say about Gandolfini, who was only 51 when he died of a heart attack while on vacation in Italy:
He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.
- Edie Falco, a Purchase College graduate, in a statement.
We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken.
- Lorraine Bracco, former Sneden’s Landing resident, who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi on “The Sopranos,” in a statement.
Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty and compassion that is rare in this world.. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy.
- Mount Vernon native Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher on “The Sopranos,” in a statement.
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.”
I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time.— Steven Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) June 20, 2013
- Steven Van Zandt, who played Silvio Dante on “The Sopranos.”
James Gandolfini committed much time 2 wounded current war veterans-I met him after I left the hospital w/my own injuries. I truly miss him— Bob Woodruff (@BobWoodruff) June 20, 2013
- ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff of Rye, whose nonprofit helps injured service members, veterans and their families.
- Rye author Lee Woodruff, wife of Bob Woodruff.
#jamesgandolfini: really cared bout other actors less fortunate financially- helped when screen actors guild negotiating 4 better wages— Bonnie Fuller (@BonnieFuller) June 20, 2013
- Hastings-on-Hudson’s Bonnie Fuller, editor-in-chief of HollywoodLife.com.
R.I.P. James Gandolfini. Such a great actor. More than just tony soprano and that would have been a lot on its own.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) June 20, 2013
- Bedford’s Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox 20.
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013
- Susan Sarandon, former Pound Ridge resident, who co-starred with Gandolfini in 2005’s “Romance & Cigarettes.”
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