Mr. Gandolfini was the Marlon Brando of a different generation. Just as Brando inhabited Vito Corleone, James Gandolfini brought Tony Soprano to a full realization for so many people. Others may have been considered for the part but, whom else could we now envision in that role? For me, watching him in The Sopranos was like having lightning in a bottle right before my eyes.....powerful, strong, beautiful, dangerous and unbelievable magnetism.....all portrayed flawlessly by Mr. Gandolfini. Those who knew him personally must be incredibly saddened by the tremendous loss of this caring man but I know they shall cherish the time spent and the memories of one who touched so many. Sincerest of condolences to those who shall miss him the most. We fans were very fortunate to witness the talents of James Gandolfini. Fortunate indeed.