The story of James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr, better known as Tony Soprano to millions, is one of sheer inspiration and admiration.
Another illustration of “rags to riches”, this is a perfect case study of someone who rose up from very humble beginnings to utter success.
Gandolfini, the son of two Italian immigrants, was raised by a mother who worked as a lunch lady. His father was a cement mason and bricklayer who went on to become a school janitor, albeit head custodian, for Paramus Catholic High School. James had a normal public school education and went on to work as a bouncer , bartender, and club manager prior to finding out his true calling and passion- that of acting. Just as in The Sopranos, he struggled to balance his career and family life.
Through the various roles that he played, James Gandolfini Jr. won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in Drama three times as well as an Emmy. While many may have rested on their laurels with these accolades, James continued to stretch his creativity by producing documentaries about veterans and their families. Perhaps he was guided by the fact that his father won a Purple Heart during World War II.
I am truly saddened by the loss of James Joseph Galdolfini Jr, who was struck down at such a tender age. Just this morning, we were informed that he died of a heart attack. I wonder what great things that he would have shown us in the future if he had the time and opportunity.
Yet, we still have time to accomplish our goals, our set new ones. Will we take the opportunity?
After working in the health field for over thirty years, I felt that I could help more people at the same time by transmitting information about health to the public at large and also various aspects of writing to help people with their businesses. This has become my passion.
Yes, Mr. Gandolfini, you will be sorely missed. Think of him when time is open for you to achieve your greatness!
Have you found your passion yet or are you still evolving?
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- June 20th