NEW YORK-- James Gandolfini, the actor who most famously portrayed Tony Soprano on the series "The Sopranos," has died in Italy at age 51, according to his managers and HBO, which broadcast "The Sopranos."
"It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy," said his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. "Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving."
HBO said in a prepared statement, "We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us."
Gandolfini also has a long list of credits as a film actor in character and supporting roles.
Recent credits include playing CIA Director Leon Panetta in "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "Not Fade Away."
Gandolfini was born Sept. 18, 1961 in Westwood, N.J.