I think that attitude is a big part of what made him so successful and popular. Loved.
51 is so young. To die at dinner with his teenage son Michael is so heartbreaking.
Two little slice of NY stories about James Gandolfini ...
After 9/11 James would ride his bike around to all the Manhattan firehouses and visit the guys. He'd buy them lunch or just hang out listening to them. I saw him on the West Side Highway - I was stuck in my car in a horror of a traffic jam and he was at the intersection. I called out "hey Jimmy" and blew him a kiss. He smiled and put his hand to his heart.
When I was mentoring at a family crisis center in Northern NJ one of the Moms told me that he came into the diner where she worked all the time. He always left huge tips - on one particular night he left $500 wrapped in a note that said she should get the kids new stuff for school. She told me he always asked about her kids.
A writer for NY Magazine said this about James Gandolfini - "In the dozens of hours he had on the screen, he made Tony Soprano—lovable, repulsive, cunning, ignorant, brutal—more ruthlessly alive than any character we’ve ever encountered in television."
Ruthlessly alive - how wonderful is that.
While I loved his portrayal of Tony Soprano the real persona is the one I'll remember.
He loved dogs and was often seen around the city with his pups.
In this photo the paparazzi are teasing him because he had just stopped to pick up dog poop.
Seen here at a restaurant in NYC with his wife and son and pup.
Look at that smile as he watches the little girl greet his dog.
This was the scene last night at the NJ restaurant where they shot the final moments of The Sopranos
The moments he spent worrying about the ducks in the pool of his TV home on The Sopranos are among my favorite moments of all the many hours of that series.
In the real world James did a lot of work for animal rescues.
Peaceful Journey Jimmy