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
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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