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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(The late) James Gandolfini on SNL's Weekend Update

Rest in Peace Mr Gandolfini.

A great actor who died before his time.  About his only equal (in my mind) was the performance of Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues.  Both played complex a "good guy" who had a few personal demons...and the other a "bad guy" who (obviously) had a few personal demons as well.

I also liked the fact that Mr Gandolfini was a television leading man who didn't like Brad Pitt.  He was an actor that looked more like "us" than most television leading men ever do.  I also appreciated the struggles his Tony Soprano character had with his own children.  How wonderfully dramatic:  a mobster who controlled an entire mafia family...and had people killed...but couldn't seem to control two teenagers.

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