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JAMES GANDOLFINI (Mayor) has made his mark in a variety of roles in over twenty motion pictures and television programs. Currently he is on stage in the Broadway production God of Carnage starring along side Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis. Next, he can be seen in In the Loop, the independent feature being released by IFC Films as well as Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze's upcoming adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story. Gandolfini last wrapped production on Welcome to the Rileys', a film with Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo.

On the small screen, he executive produced the Emmy-nominated HBO Documentary Film Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, a moving documentary that surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through soldiers' memories of the day in Iraq. Gandolfini conducted interviews in which the soldiers share their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to the country. Gandolfini also starred in the HBO Emmy Award-winning drama "The Sopranos,” where he portrayed the series lead, Tony Soprano. His portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano brought him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He has won four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including two for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series and two shared with "The Sopranos” cast for Outstanding Ensemble Cast.

Gandolfini's other films include Romance & Cigarettes, a film in which he starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, directed by John Turturro with Joel and Ethan Coen producing; Lonely Hearts with John Travolta and Salma Hayek; director Steve Zaillian's All the King's Men, starring opposite Sean Penn and Jude Law; Mike Mitchell's Surviving Christmas, opposite Ben Affleck; the Coen brothers The Man Who Wasn't There; The Last Castle, directed by Rod Lurie and starring Robert Redford; Gore Verbinski's The Mexican, starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; Joel Schumacher's Eight Millimeter with Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix; Steve Zaillian's A Civil Action, with John Travolta and Robert Duvall; Peter Chelsom's The Mighty, with Sharon Stone; Nick Cassavetes' She's So Lovely, starring Sean Penn and Robin Wright-Penn; Fallen, directed by Gregory Hoblit, with Denzel Washington; Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan, with Andy Garcia and Lena Olin; Brian Gibson's The Juror, with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; Get Shorty, with Danny DeVito and John Travolta; Tony Scott's Crimson Tide, starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington; Angie, with Geena Davis; and his first Tony Scott picture, True Romance, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.

Born in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini graduated from Rutgers University before beginning his acting career in New York theatre. He made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. He currently resides in New York.

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