Actress Edie Falco offered a touching tribute to former co-star Jim Gandolfini at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sun., Sept. 22, 2013. The tribute to the deceased star of "The Sopranos" was during the Emmy Awards "In Memoriam" Segment. The Emmys were televised live on CBS Television Network. The video of the tribute is attached.
Gandolfini was a robust figure on the hit HBO series about a mob boss and his family. The star, 51, died suddenly of a heart attack in Rome, Italy on June 19, while at a hotel with his son. Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies in Italy
Gandolfini won three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano, which ran from 1999-2007. Falco also won three Emmy Awards for her role of Carmela Soprano, his long-suffering wife. The actress was nominated for Lead Actress in "Nurse Jackie," an honor she won in 2010. Leading ladies win top Emmy Awards for Showtime
Falco called Gandolfini's work "great art," as she stated that Jim the man was very different from his famed Tony Soprano character, saying, "His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people still have a hard time believing that's not who he really was. Well, I'm here to tell you, Jim was really quite different. He had tremendous warmth and heart. He was kind and uniquely generous."
She elaborated by talking about his humility and his devotion to friends and family. Falco also referred to "Wartorn," a film that Gandolfini produced about PTSD in Iraqi war veterans, stating, "One got the feeling Jim was never entirely comfortable with all the attention he got . . . he was far more interested in turning the light onto people he considered more worthy. While interviewing Iraqi war veterans for a project very close to his heart, he did so with such genuine interest, respect and humility. Over the years I was particularly moved by Jim's devotion to his family, and to his fierce loyalty to his friends. If you needed anything at all, ever, Jim was there."
Falco choked back tears as talked about her professional and personal relationship with her television husband and friend. "You all knew James Gandolfini, the actor. But I was lucky enough to know Jim, the man ... for 10 years as his close colleague, pretend life partner and for many more years as his friend. And it's Jim the man, a very dear man, that I will miss most of all."
"The Sopranos" was a drama that is sometimes credited with changing the face of television with its groundbreaking subject matter and excellence in filming. The series received a total of 111 Emmy nominations and 21 wins.