So huge was Gandolfini’s impact in The Sopranos, it made it easy to forget what an impressive body of film work he had.
Gandolfini’s signature role saw him dominating David Chase’s mobster drama over six seasons (or seven, depending how you slice it). While his bulldog charisma might have hooked your attention, the course of the show allowed him to fully flesh out a character who was at times a fearsome crimelord, and at others, a troubled family man.
A gangster suffering panic attacks could have been ripe for cliché, but Gandolfini kept Tony compelling and believable, with the character fleshed out through his intricate web of complicated family and business relationships.
It’s a portrait of a character that few have matched for depth, on the small screen or the big screen.