“James Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience. Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, he made every role believable and seemingly effortless,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League, in a statement. “Our thoughts go out to his family and friends, and certainly to all of his fans who felt as if they knew his characters.”
Although well-known for playing a New Jersey mob boss on the Emmy Award-winning HBO series "The Sopranos" (which debuted in 1999 and ran for six seasons), Mr. Gandolfini also had a long and diverse list of credits as a stage and film actor, including many character and supporting roles. He received a 2009 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his role in the award-winning God of Carnage. He also appeared in On the Waterfront in 1995 and A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992.
Mr. Gandolfini is survived by wife Deborah Lin, their daughter, Liliana, and a son, Michael, from his first marriage.