James Gandolfini's Other Acting Roles

It's a testament to James Gandolfini as an actor that when news broke out that he had passed away from a massive heart attack while vacationing in Italy so many people who never met him in person felt as if they had lost a neighbor or a friend. He will forever be known as the gangster Tony in The Sopranos, a series that revolutionized television -- again his talent was paramount as he made viewers sympathize with a monster. There were many more great roles in his repertoire, however, besides just Tony Soprano.

He starred on Broadway in a theater production of On the Waterfront and then earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the original stage version of God of Carnage.


While his TV roles may have been overshadowed by his landmark work on The Sopranos (which earned him multiple awards), he also played Walter Difideli in Gun, Bobby Eggs in Nicky Deuce, and most memorably Juror #6 in a remake of 12 Angry Men and Craig Gilbert in Cinema Verite. He also appears in the first episode of the upcoming Criminal Justice.

It was on film that he had a nice string of characters. His first appearance was as an orderly in the no-budget Shock! Shock! Shock! He then had an uncredited role as a henchman in The Last Boy Scout. (Another uncredited role, this time later in his career, was as Diner Cook #2 in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.)

From big roles to tiny roles, he always gave it his all and was a compelling, larger-than-life figure on the screen.  Here's a list of his many portrayals.

A Stranger Among Us - Tony Baldessari

Italian Movie - Angelo

Money for Nothing - Billy Coyle


True Romance - Virgil

Mr. Wonderful - Mike

Angie - Vinnie


Terminal Velocity - Ben Pinkwater

Le Nouveau Monde - Will Caberra


Crimson Tide - Lt. Bobby Dougherty


Get Shorty - Bear


The Juror - Eddie

Night Falls on Manhattan - Joey Allegretto

She's So Lovely - Kiefer

Perdita Durango - Willie "Woody" Dumas

Fallen - Lou

The Mighty - Kenny Kane

A Civil Action - Al Love

A Whole New Day - Vincent

8MM - Eddie Poole

The Mexican - Winston Baldry

The Man Who Wasn't There - Big Dave Brewster


The Last Castle - Col. Winter

Surviving Christmas - Tom Valco

Romance and Cigarettes - Nick Murder

Lonely Hearts - Det. Charles Hilderbrandt

All the King's Men - Tiny Duffy

Stories USA (Club Soda) - The Man

In the Loop - Lt. Gen. George Miller


The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 - Mayor


Where the Wild Things Are - Carol

Welcome to the Rileys - Douglas Lloyd "Doug" Riley

Mint Julep - Mr. G

Down the Shore - Bailey

Violet and Daisy - Michael

Killing Them Softly - Mickey

Not Fade Away - Pat


Zero Dark Thirty - C.I.A. Director

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - Doug Munny

He worked on a couple of upcoming movies -- a still-untitled comedy by director Nicole Holofcener and the crime drama Animal Rescue, alongside Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace -- so all his fans will still have the chance to see him in something new.

At the age of 51, he left us too soon.  May he rest in peace.

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