In the wake of the sudden passing of the talented actor, we’re taking a look back at his best moments as Tony Soprano, the complex mobster on the hit HBO series, ‘The Sopranos.’
James Gandolfini died suddenly after suffering a heart attack in Italy on June 19. The talented actor is best known for playing mob boss Tony Soprano and took home three Emmys for his role on the hit HBO series The Sopranos, which aired from 1999-2007.
Tony Soprano’s Best Moments:
Although he played a violent New Jersey gangster who suffered from a short temper and anxiety problems, the actor also unveiled the sensitive, complex side of the character. Tony Soprano wasn’t just a violent mafioso, he was also a family man struggling with everyday issues. Join us in taking a look back at his best moments as Tony.
Tony Soprano Kills Ralph Cifaretto:
Tony kills his friend Ralph because he suspects Ralph started a fire that burned Tony’s horse alive, merely so they can collect the insurance money after the accident. While Tony clearly feels an overwhelming amount of compassion towards the horse, the same can’t be said about the way he feels about Ralph. This scene really exhibits Tony’s short temper and the violent brutality he was capable of.
Tony Soprano Suffers A Panic Attack:
Tony’s anxiety problems land him in Dr. Melfi’s office in the very first episode. Tony is enjoying a cigar and watching geese in his swimming pool before the anxiety washes over him and he collapses. The root of his anxiety is addressed over the course of the series and in those moments the issues he struggles with really bring the human side of his character to light.
Tony Soprano and Carmela Soprano Address Their Marriage:
Tony and Carmela candidly fight about what it’s like being married to the mob. He addresses his unfaithful behavior while his wife admits she has been lusting after someone else. Once again this fight leads to a violent outburst.
Tony Soprano & His Daughter, Meadow, Fight:
Meadow, distraught after the death of her boyfriend, Jackie Jr., addresses the unspoken truth about the way her father makes a living. Even though he may be a violent, powerful mobster, he’s also a father of an 18-year-old, semi-spoiled daughter who occasionally storms out of rooms and disobeys her parents — and tough ‘mob boss’ Tony totally unravels in front of her.
The Bond Between Tony Soprano & Christopher Moltisanti:
Tony was extremely close to his nephew. While he helped stage an intervention when he became a heroin addict, he ultimately makes the decision to let him die when the pair is in a car accident. Regardless of the way their relationship ended, the scene below really exhibits that Tony was like a father to Christopher. Not only did Christopher come to him when he had problems, but Tony also valued their special connection — even if sometimes his solution offered up a very warped, sadistic version of “tough love.”