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Gandolfini leaves behind a portrayal for the ages

6:46 PM, Jun. 21, 2013
James Gandolfini: A tribute
James Gandolfini: A tribute: Actor James Gandolfini's portrayal of a brooding and conflicted crime boss during six seasons of 'The Sopranos' made him a household name.
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James Gandolfini, who died suddenly Wednesday night in Rome, changed television. And television changed him.

The actor gave one of the most incandescent performances in the history of the medium as the violent, crass, and strangely conflicted boss of a New Jersey crime family in HBO's "The Sopranos." Gandolfini's work inspired a flood of supernal acting on cable, with Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and others excelling as deeply, almost antagonistically flawed, protagonists.

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