In Memory of James Gandolfini (1961 – 2013)

I was jostled from sleep this night at 3 a.m. for reasons I could not fathom until I was notified, upon checking the time, that the great James Gandolfini had died. In memory of his great persona and talent, I have compiled a few clips and articles on the one and only James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini was also nominated for an Oscar with the cast of
Gandolfini was also nominated for an Oscar with the cast of “Get Shorty” (1995), Credit: Reuters/Fred Prouser, Business Insider

From New Jersey-born James Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin. James’ breakthrough role was his portrayal of Virgil the hitman in Tony Scott‘s True Romance(1993), but the role that brought him worldwide fame and accolades was as complex Mafia boss Tony Soprano in HBO’s smash hit series “Die Sopranos” (1999). He currently lives in Greenwich Village in New York City. Full article >>

Brian Lowry, Variety: James Gandolfini’s Unlikely Stardom, and the Role of a Lifetime

Justin Chang, Variety: James Gandolfini: A Rich Bigscreen Career in the Shadow of Tony Soprano

You Tube: James Gandolfini on Inside the Actor’s Studio – Part 1

You Tube: The Sopranos – “Are you in the Mafia?”

You Tube: James Gandolfini Plays with Fan’s Puppy After God of Carnage

Farewell, Mr. Gandolfini, you will be greatly missed.


Lure of the Classic: Knights of the Old Republic

The other day I dropped by IGN to learn that Aspyr had released a stunning iPad conversion of the LucasArts/BioWare classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) on Apple’s iTunes Store. Although I beamed with exhilaration at the news, I still resisted the lure of one of the great roleplaying games of all time, but gave in a day later: why the reticence when there is so much joy to be had?

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