It was sad to read of the passing of actor James Gandolfini, who was best known for his portrayal of Tony Soprano. He played many roles and won many awards for acting,which washistrue passion and in my view immersed himself intothe characters he was playing. Off screen he was a husband and a father, and had great concern for those in need, not to mention a mentor to many.
Let me also addthat James Gandolfini did a great deal of philanthropic work for our wounded veterans. He did an HBO documentary series concerning vets of the IraqWar and their combat experiences andtraced the history of combat-related stress in U.S. wars. He also visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan just to say hello and ask how they were doing.
After 9/11 it was reported that he visited New York Cityfirehouses and met with first responders. When he moved to Los Angles, he raised funds for the local police foundation.It was said of him that he was a man of warmth and humility who was a guiding light.
He died too young, when at that point in his life he had much more to give, and for that he will be truly missed.
I think when he gets to heaven, St. Peter will say to him, “How you doing?” and Gandolfini will say, “No, how you doing?!”
Rest in peace, James Gandolfini, for you’ve done good.