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(NEW YORK) -- James Gandolfini, best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, died of a heart attack a year ago Thursday at the age of 51 while vacationing with his family in Italy.
The Westwood, New Jersey, native gained fame as Tony Soprano, earning a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards, but his acting credits also include Broadway productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and God of Carnage. His film credits include The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Surviving Christmas and All the Kings Men.
One of his Sopranos co-stars, Michael Imperioli, told ABC News Radio the actor was, "a good guy" and "a good friend."
Tom Hardy, who stars in Gandolfini's final movie, The Drop, remembers him fondly. "He was a fantastic and kind, huge heart, incredibly talented and generous individual," he says, adding that it's "a tragedy that he's gone."
In The Drop, Gandolfini plays the employer and cousin of Tom Hardy's Bob, a bartender entangled in a robbery gone awry. The Drop comes out in September.
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