James Gandolfini was a star actor, and one who cared deeply about beliefs that we as Jews share deeply. Masha Leon looks back with fondness.
In the outpouring of obituaries and appreciations of actor James Gandolfini, who died yesterday at age 51, there’s been a tendency to confuse the man with his most famous character, Tony Soprano. That’s a pretty obvious mistake — an actor isn’t the same as the role he plays — but it’s also kind of understandable. When Jason Alexander eventually goes (not that it should happen anytime soon), I’m pretty sure we’ll all be talking about George Costanza.
James Gandolfini, who died at 51, wasn’t Jewish. But ‘The Sopranos’ actor knew he was portraying a business with deep roots in the Tribe.