James Gandolfini was a beloved companion and rescuer of pit bulls. Photo Credit: Facebook
James Gandolfini was a beloved companion and rescuer of pit bulls. Photo Credit: Facebook

Anthony Armentano, Global Animal 

Critically adored actor James Gandolfini suffered a massive heart attack Wednesday, passing away at just 51 years old. Perhaps most known for his role as Mafioso Tony Soprano on HBO’s Emmy winning drama, The Sopranos, Gandolfini has been in film and television for more than twenty years.

In addition to his prominent roles in films like True Romance and In The Loop, Gandolfini was also a rescuer of pit bulls and the proud caretaker for a pooch named Duke. 

Fittingly, his last film Animal Rescue, currently in post-production, is a crime drama that centers around an abused pit bull who is rescued from a dumpster.

Gandolfini’s love for the misunderstood breed was most likely a cornerstone for his involvement in the film. Many predict that Animal Rescue could both help mend the terrible associations pit bulls suffer, and garner attention for serious animal abuse issues.

The film also stars well-known pit bull lover Tom Hardy, who is assumed to play the role of pit bull rescuer. 

Animal Rescue’s director, Michael Roskam, explains that he “wanted to make [Gandolfini] proud with the movie we made together and now it will be in his loving memory.”

Many of the Emmy winner’s costars have already spoken of his passing. There is no doubt the actor will be missed by his family, friends, admirers, and his beloved friend Duke the pit bull.   

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