Rome, Italy (June 19, 2013) — James Gandolfini, who played mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series, has died of a heart attack at age 51 while vacationing in Rome. In one of his more recent roles, Gandolfini played the down-on-his-luck alcoholic ride operator Bailey in the 2011 independent thriller “Down the Shore.” The film was shot on location on the Jersey Shore, including at the historic Keansburg Amusement Park, one of the many shoreline Jersey parks rebuilding after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Dead of Heart Attack in Rome
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.