James Gandolfini

by ethnic on May 1, 2010

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Birth Name: James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr.

Date of Birth: September 18, 1961

Place of Birth: Westwood, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: June 19, 2013

Place of Death: Rome, Italy

Ethnicity: Italian

James Gandolfini was an American actor and producer. He is well known for his role as Tony Soprano on the television series The Sopranos.

James was the son of Santa (Penna), an Italian American, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a native of Borgotaro, Italy. James spoke Italian at home, as a child, and strongly related to his Italian heritage. He died at the age of 51, in Rome, Italy.

James was married to model and actress Deborah Lin, until his death. He had a son, actor Michael Gandolfini, with his former wife, Marcy Wudarski, and a daughter with Deborah.

James’s paternal grandfather was Attilio Gandolfini (the son of Angelo Gandolfini). Attilio was born in Borgotaro, Italy. Angelo was born in Tiedoli, in Borgotaro.

James’s paternal grandmother was named Maria/Marie Tosta. Maria was born in Italy.

James’s maternal grandparents were John Penna and Maria Cipelli.

Source: Genealogy of James Gandolfini (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

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Capricious October 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Looked more Jewish than Italian.

Greyface April 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm
fuzzybear44 June 20, 2013 at 5:02 am

That’s right,my mother said he died. Well may he R.I.P.

follers June 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm


We must have a picture now.

follers June 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I don’t mean “right now”, I mean “at the moment”.

ethnic June 20, 2013 at 5:49 am

Here it is!

follers June 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thank you very much.

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