The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli shares a heartfelt tribute to late actor James Gandolfini on his 60th birthday
Michael Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti, a young wide guy gangster for six seasons alongside the late actor James Gandolfini in The Sopranos.
And on Saturday Imperioli took to his Instagram page and shared a heartfelt and emotional tribute to the Sopranos leading man on what would have been his 60th birthday.
‘Dear Jim, Today marks 60 years since you came into this world,’ he began in the caption of a photo of the two actors that he posted while on a trip to Italy.
Heartfelt: Michael Imperioli paid tribute to late actor James Gandolfini on what would have been his 60 birthday on Saturday, September 18
‘As fate would have it, I am in Rome, the city where you left this world,’ he continued, in a reference to Gandolfini’s death following a heart attack on June 19, 2013.
‘I will think of you today as I wander these ancient streets. I will remember the laughs most of all. Today I am reminded how fortunate I am to have acted beside you more than I ever did (or ever will, most likely) with anyone else.’
He ended the tribute by how it was ‘a privilege’ to work on the six seasons of The Sopranos (1999-2007).
‘Thank you for the friendship, generosity and kindness. Love always, Michael. #thesopranos #jamesgandolfini’
Iconic: Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti, a young wide guy gangster for six seasons alongside Gandolfini in The Sopranos from 1999 to 2007
High praise: ‘I am reminded how fortunate I am to have acted beside you more than I ever did (or ever will, most likely) with anyone else,’ Imperioli said of Gandolfini while on holiday in Italy
Gandolfini had been in Rome, Italy doing some sightseeing with his family before heading to Sicily a few days later to receive an award at the Taormina Film Fest.
After spending the day walking the streets in the sweltering summer heat, Gandolfini’s son Michael, then 14, discovered him unconscious on the bathroom floor of his hotel room.
He was pronounced dead 20 minutes after arriving at a local hospital. Hw was just 51-years-old.
Michael Gandolfini is playing a younger version of his father’s character Tony Soprano in the upcoming movie, The Many Saints of Newark, which will be released on October 1.
The crime drama film was co-written by The Sopranos creator David Chase, and is considered a prequel to the iconic HBO series.
Hit series: Gandolfini won praise for his portrayal of Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series The Sopranos