He was one of the greatest actors of this or any time.
Thats David Chase, the man who created The Sopranos, talking about the man who played Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini.
A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone, says Chase.
As news spread Wednesday night that Gandolfini had died in Italy of an apparent heart attack, the rest of Hollywood jumped on Twitter to deliver similar thoughts of respect, but mostly shock.
Gandolfini was 51.
Hug the kids.
Katey Sagal (@Kateylous)
RIP James Gandolfini! Your iconic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano gave soul to a monster and fostered perverse pride in the Garden State!
Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith)
Chili Palmer: You any good? Bear: Am I any good?
You were DAMN good Mr. Gandolfini and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
John Stamos (@JohnStamos)
Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We'll miss your dangerous, big heart.
Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson)
I'm sadder about James Gandolfini than everyone else.
Jimmy Kimmel, (@jimmykimmel)
James Gandoldini gave the greatest performance in the history of television. He was also a kind man. Condolences to his family.
Rob Lowe (@RobLowe)
"James Gandolfini was a great guy. Better actor. I'm sorry for his family."
Tom Arnold (@TomArnold)
Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!
Josh Groban (@joshgroban)
"Rest in peace James Gandolfini. I'm glad I got to meet you and tell you what your performance(s) meant to me as a fan and actor."
Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet)
So sad to lose James Gandolfini. One of the sweetest, funniest, most generous actors Ive ever worked with. Sending prayers to his family.
Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon)
"So incredibly sad to hear about James Gandolfini. He was magic."
Minnie Driver (@driverminnie)
R.I.P James Gandolfini. One hell of an actor.
Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks)
"I loved James so much. He was a beautiful man and a genius. I was honored to breathe the same air as him. I'll love and remember him forever."
Maureen VanZandt, who played Gabriella Dante on "The Sopranos" (@MVZaGoGo)
"Sweet journey home, James Gandolfini... The brightest stars burn the fastest...."
Ron Perlman (@perlmutations)