Terribly sad news last night: Actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack yesterday in Rome, while on vacation with his teenage son. The New Jersey native was of course best known for playing Tony Soprano for six seasons in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” but he had an active movie career as well, with roles in “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Not Fade Away,” “Killing Them Softly,” “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Violet & Daisy” in just the past year alone. Do you have a favorite Gandolfini movie role? Mine’s a little-known one: the 2007 musical “Romance and Cigarettes,” directed by John Turturro, in which Gandolfini played a working-class Queens husband cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon). Here’s Gandolfini in the movie’s opening number, as he steps out onto his porch and suddenly starts singing; it’s a role both typical and wonderfully unexpected:
Rest in peace, Mr. G.