James Gandolfini. Photo by Paul A. Hebert, Getty Images.
Nothing shocks Hollywood like a beloved star dying too young. So it was with the news of the sudden death of actor James Gandolfini. His many admirers rushed to Twitter and elsewhere to mourn:
"Sopranos" creator David Chase, in a statement: "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. ... For Deborah and Michael and Liliana (his wife and children), 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."
"Sopranos" co-star Steven Van Zandt: "I have lost a brother and a best friend. The world has lost one of the greatest actors of all time."
"Sopranos" co-star Lorraine Bracco: "We lost a giant today. I am utterly heartbroken."
"God of Carnage" co-star Jeff Daniels: "If Broadway has a version of a guy you want in your foxhole, Jim Gandolfini was mine. During our time together in God of Carnage, we played 320 performances together. He didn't miss one. Sadly, I now miss him like a brother."
Jimmy Kimmel: "I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else."
Octavia Spencer: "RIP James Gandolfini. So sad!!"
U.S. Sen. John McCain: "RIP James Gandolfini, one of the nicest guys I've ever met"
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: "James Gandolfini's passing is an awful shock. He was a fine actor, a Rutgers alum and a true Jersey guy."
Olivia Wilde: "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."
Nia Vardalos: "Oh James Gandolfini, you left us much too soon."
Kristin Chenoweth: "NO. Not James Gandolfini. He was in my top 5 favorite actors EVER. "
Christina Applegate: "I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini! My heart is broken for his family!! I'm in shock"
Ricky Gervais: "Damn. RIP James Gandofini. An amazing actor that made arguably the greatest drama of all time, & a funny, sweet, gentle giant off screen."
Russell Simmons: "Not tony soprano! Damn. Such a good guy and a great actor. James, rest in peace..."
Mia Farrow: "awful awful news. James Gandolfini will be missed. He was a great actor. Just great."
Bette Midler: "The great James Gandolfini passed away today. Only 51. I can't believe it."
Michael Chiklis: "James Gandolfini. This is a tremendous loss. A brilliant actor and a wonderful man. Our deepest sympathies to his family. Devastating."
Susan Sarandon: "So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors I've ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family."
Will Arnett: "So saddened by news of James Gandolfini's death. What talent. He shall be missed."
Rob Thomas: "R.I.P. James Gandolfini. Such a great actor. More than just tony soprano and that would have been a lot on its own.
Rainn Wilson: "Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart."
Steve Carell: "James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man."
Wes Craven: "Farewell to the great American actor James Gandolfini. I was a huge fan. My condolences to his family and his many fans."
Lance Bass: "So so so sad about James Gandolfini - 51 is way too young."
Josh Groban: "Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!"
Jon Lovitz: "Very sad about James Gandolfini. Met him briefly. Very nice and shy. Loved him in "Get Shorty" besides the Sopranos. RIP."
Russell Crowe: "Sad to hear about James Gandolfini . First met Jimmy back in '94.He was roommates in NY with Lenny Loftin. Lovely man. RIP Jimmy"
Minnie Driver: "So incredibly sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was magic."
Rob Lowe: "James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family."
Maria Puente, USA TODAY
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