June 21, 2013
Every obituary published about James Gandolfini highlighted his performance as Tony Soprano, with one of the many tragic details of his death being that he was just beginning to step out of the shadow of that iconic role.
“What [Gandolfini] did was bring it to television, to the homes of millions of people on the small screen. It brought the concept of the mafia family dynamic into the homes of American audience,” says Rob Weiner, an associate librarian on pop culture at Texas Tech University.
“He was ‘The Godfather’ figure for the millennium.”