10 communication lessons from ‘Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini

The award-winning actor’s untimely death last week shocked many. Here are some inspiring quotes from the actor and his popular character, Tony Soprano.

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News spread like wildfire on Twitter and other social networks last week when we learned that 51-year-old actor James Gandolfini passed away.

Gandolfini won three Emmys for his role as New Jersey mob chief Tony Soprano in the HBO drama “The Sopranos.”

But off-screen, people who knew Gandolfini said he was quite different from the gruff character we watched on TV.

Here are some communication-related insights from Gandolfini, the New Jersey native who graduated from Rutgers University and appeared on Broadway:

1. “‘The Sopranos’ all came down to the writing. I wouldn’t have been on for as long as I was if the writing weren’t so good.”

2. “I’ve been very lucky, considering what I look like and what I do.”

3. “Good writing will bring you to places you don’t even expect sometimes.”

4. “Part of the fun of acting is the research, finding out about other people.”

5. “Standing in public in other people’s clothes, pretending to be someone else. It’s a strange way for a grown man to make a living.”

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