Gandolfini was best known as Tony Soprano, but the actor had a very diverse career outside of the pretend-mafia
James Gandolfini — who died in Rome on Wednesday due to a possible heart attack — may be synonymous with Tony Soprano, but thanks to a plethora of diverse roles and projects, he'll be remembered as much more than a mobster.
Since beginning his Hollywood career in 1987, Ganolfini has appeared in numerous feature films. His most recent was the Warner Bros. comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” with Steve Carell, and the two in April signed on to portray rival paleontologists in “Bone Wars” for HBO Films.
Gandolfini played then-CIA Director Leon Panetta in last year’s Best Picture Oscar nominee “Zero Dark Thirty.” He was also in 2012’s “Not Fade Away” and “Killing Them Softly,” and was previously seen in “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “The Mexican.”
Outside of his big and small screen performances, the actor produced two powerful documentaries about the consequences of war, "Alive Day Memories" and "Wartorn: 1861-2010," as well as the 2012 HBO film, "Hemingway & Gelhorn."
Ten of the actor's most memorable moments beyond "The Sopranos" follow.
His first and only Golden Globe acceptance speech:
Gandolfini's 2003 acceptance speech after winning his last of three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Gandolfini candidly discussed his entire career with James Lipton during a 2004 episode of "Inside the Actor's Studio":
Gandolfini gets emotional while talking to NBC News' Brian Williams about his passion project, "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq," a documentary about soldiers who sacrificed their bodies — and nearly their lives — for their country during the Iraq War:
James Gandolfini (Virgil) meets Floyd, a.k.a. stoner Brad Pitt, in "True Romance":
Gandolfini singing "O Christmas Tree" with Ben Affleck in "Surviving Christmas":
Gandolfini and Julia Roberts "Are you gay?" diner scene from "The Mexican":
Gandolfini and Brad Pitt in "Killing Them Softly":
"Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update," starring New Jersey resident James Gandolfini:
Gandolfini argues with Kristen Stewart in "Welcome to the Rileys":