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Fans Shocked To Find Out James Gandolfini's Age When He Started Filming The Sopranos

Fans Shocked To Find Out James Gandolfini's Age When He Started Filming The Sopranos

The late actor played Tony Soprano on the much-loved HBO drama from 1999 to 2007. He tragically passed away aged 51 from a heart attack.

Fans have been left shocked after they learned James Gandolfini's age when he started filming The Sopranos.

Gandolfini played mobster Tony Soprano on the legendary show The Sopranos. The drama series followed New Jersey mafia head Tony as he struggled to manage his family and criminal life and confides his affairs to his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi.

It's often called one of the best TV shows of all time, despite it's contentious ending – and it seems the show is still throwing out curveballs to fans.

James Gandolfini played Tony Soprano in the much-loved HBO series.

A fan of the HBO series revealed on Twitter that Gandolfini, who died in 2013 at the age of just 51, was only 37 when the pilot was filmed – and while it isn’t exactly new information, the tidbit left many stunned.

The Twitter user penned, “Today I learned that James Gandolfini was only 37 during the first season of The Sopranos,” alongside a photo of the actor in the show’s 10th episode.

They then went on to add that actors Jonah Hill, Andrew Garfield, and Donald Glover are all currently older than Gandolfini was when he shot that episode, titled ‘A Hit Is a Hit’.

The social media user added: “Aka the same age as Dave Franco and a year younger than Jonah Hill, Andrew Garfield, Donald Glover and Paul Dano”.

While the tweet highlighted that Gandolfini looked older than his years, many fans of the show were quick to brand the actor ‘hot’ compared to today’s stars.

One commented: “He is hotter than all of them”.

“People smoked inside and didn’t use baby blood as under eye cream! They were still hot!” another quipped.

A third contemplated: “I like to think he’d have been one of those guys who did all their ageing when they’re young and didn’t afterwards and that he would’ve looked roughly the same thirty years on”.

While the user who shared the tasty morsel of information initially, chimed in: “For the record, James Gandolfini was the GOAT and I miss his screen presence dearly.

“Was just shocked when I learned the age”.

In fact, Tony was 40 in the first series, which ran from 1999 to 2007, three years older than Gandolfini, which no doubt had a part to play in many thinking the actor was older than he was.

Gandolfini tragically passed away in 2013 from a heart attack while on holiday in Rome, Italy with his family.

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Featured Image Credit: HBO

Topics: Film and TV