Posts Tagged ‘the sopranos’

James Gandolfini Obituary

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


James Gandolfini Is Dead at 51; Tough-Talking Mob Boss in ‘Sopranos’




By Dave Itzkoff
New York Times
June 19, 2013


James Gandolfini, the Emmy Award-winning actor who shot to fame on the HBO drama “The Sopranos” as Tony Soprano, a tough-talking, hard-living crime boss with a stolid exterior but a rich interior life, died on Wednesday. He was 51.


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Obit…John Costelloe

Thursday, December 25th, 2008


‘Sopranos’ actor ‘Johnny Cakes’ dead in suicide


Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe

Joe Gannascoli and John Costelloe


Former firefighter John Costelloe joined HBO cast in 2006


The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2008

NEW YORK – The actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on The Sopranos has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York, police said.


Police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said John Costelloe was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home on Dec. 18.


Police were called to his residence after family members were unable to reach him.


The 47-year-old former New York City firefighter gained fame in 2006 when he was cast as short-order cook Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski opposite Joseph Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the hit HBO show.


Costelloe was performing as a hustler in a theater production of Gang of Seven at the time of his death.