Gandolfini's Co-Stars & Peers React to His Death
By ROBERT PACE
June 19, 2013
The tragic news of The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini's sudden death has shocked everyone from longtime fans of the man who played Tony Soprano to those who worked alongside him or rubbed elbows with him in the acting world.
Upon learning of his passing, Gandolfini's Sopranos co-stars reacted to the sad news:
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("Meadow Soprano"): "This news has left me heartbroken. I can only imagine the pain his family feels at this time, and my heart goes out to them, especially Deborah, Michael and liliana. I spent 10 years of my life studying and admiring one of the most brilliant actors , yes, but more importantly one of the greatest men. Jim had the ability, unbeknownst to him, to make you feel like everything would be alright if he was around. I treasure my memories with him and feel so honored that I was an up-close witness to his greatness."
Tony Sirico ("Paulie Gualtieri"): "He was one of my best friends in life. He helped me with my career and I'm going to miss him. He's part of my family."
Steven Schirripa ("Bobby Baccalieri"): "Jimmy was a dear friend and like a brother to me. He was a great actor and a great father. I will miss him terribly. I am very sad."
David Chase (creator): "He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Steven Van Zandt ("Silvio Dante"): "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time. Maureen and I send our deepest sympathy and love to Deborah, Michael, Lily, and all of Jimmy's family."
Lorraine Bracco ("Dr. Jennifer Melfi"): "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
Many celebrities also immediately took to Twitter and the web to offer their heartfelt condolences to the late actor and his family.
Brad Pitt (via Deadline): "I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace."
I'm saddened by James Gandolfini's passing. He was a great talent & I owe him. Quite simply, without Tony Soprano there is no Walter White.— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 20, 2013
I am heartbroken about James Gandolfini. He was a gentle giant and great man. I love this picture, I loved him. pic.twitter.com/Y1wdbeUDfK— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 19, 2013
Jimmy was a great actor, originating an indelible, iconic character on par with Raymond Burr, Carroll O'Connor and Peter Falk— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 20, 2013
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I’ve ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 20, 2013
I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 20, 2013
R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini was a kind, funny, wonderful guy. I'm so lucky to have worked with him. Sending love to his family. Such a sad, sad day.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2013
RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend.— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) June 19, 2013
Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) June 19, 2013
I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock— christina applegate (@1capplegate) June 19, 2013
I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) June 19, 2013
So sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was such an amazing actor and by all accounts a wonderful person. RIP.— Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) June 19, 2013
Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 19, 2013
Life is way too short & precious. So sad to hear of James Gandolfini passing 2day. Prayers for him & his loved ones. So sad at young 51— Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) June 19, 2013
I'm in utter shock...R.I.P. James Gandolfini— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum) June 19, 2013
NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. :(— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 20, 2013
Jesus. The world just lost one of its great actors. James Gandolfini has passed away. Thoughts to his family. Such a talent. I'm saddened.— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) June 20, 2013
Just saw the news and what a loss! #RIP James Gandolfini— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 20, 2013
Heartbreaking news about James Gandolfini... Shocking. HUGE loss. Kind, humble, and a Singular Talent. Rest in Peace.— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 20, 2013
James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating.— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) June 20, 2013
The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini...this sucks!!! Seriously sucks! You are so loved and admired...I hope somehow you know that...sogni d'oro Gandolfini XXO— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) June 20, 2013
Terribly sad news about James Gandolfini's passing. Such a fantastic actor. RIP.— Slash (@Slash) June 20, 2013
James Gandolfini.. So talented, so nice and far too young to be taken away. You will be missed Sir— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) June 20, 2013