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Doug Palmieri

James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

 
James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

Several years ago my wife and I were lucky enough to attend the Sopranos season 2 premiere Party at New York's Roseland Ballroom. I am not much of a Star F*&%er and am uncomfortable approaching anyone for a photo or autograph but this was the freaking Sopranos so we decided to get as many photos as possible. The cast members could not have been more accommodating or receptive when asked to pose for photos and James Gandolfini was very warm and gracious when I finally caught up with him. He spent a few minutes with us...mostly small talk and us telling him how much we loved the show and his character. He made us feel at ease and not at all like the pains in his ass I'm sure we were. A great actor for sure and by all accounts a good guy. Sad day.

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