What a shock to hear about the sudden death of James Gandolfini. Although I cannot claim to be a close friend or real acquaintance of any sort, I did have the opportunity to work side by side with him on a rare occasion or two. On set, he was known for his generosity and just being a lot of fun. He was a really nice guy.
One of Gandolfini’s last public appearances was on June 10 when he attended the Stella by Starlight Gala in New York City to benefit the programs of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. James was there to celebrate the career of his close friend and honoree Elaine Stritch who is retiring from Broadway this year.
He will be missed.