Broadway Will Dim Its Lights in Memory of Late Actor James Gandolfini
By Andrew Gans
The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed for one minute June 26 at 8 PM in memory of stage and screen star James Gandolfini, who passed away June 19 at age 51.
“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.
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